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'Life of Riley' -- The Portrait of an Invisible Man

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Wall Street Journal -- Prolific artists tend to get taken for granted. Alan Ayckbourn, for instance, has written 74 plays (with a 75th now being readied for its premiere in September). This figure, coupled with the fact that most of his plays are comedies of one sort or another, leads a great many people to wrongly suppose that he must be a lightweight. But Mr. Ayckbourn is in truth one of the half-dozen greatest living playwrights in the English-speaking world, and "Life of Riley," his latest effort, is outstanding in every way. That it has received its U.S. premiere not on Broadway but at San Diego's Old Globe is yet another nail in the coffin of New York's fast-waning reputation as the vital center of theater in America. (Full Story)

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