Translated from the original by Adam Novák
Presented by Karlín Musical Theatre in association with SPECTACULUM, a.s.
Premiere: November 7, 2011
About the Play
A comedy about three women against a murderer and time.
Communicating Doors is a brilliant comedy (with elements of suspense) from the master of the genre. As is customary with Alan Ayckbourn, doors play a large role on stage as the individual characters use them to enter, exit, narrowly miss each other or even collide with one another — all with great precision. In this case, however, one of the doors plays a larger part — a leading role, if you will — and fuctions as a time machine. Characters can use it to step back in time. The result is a nail-biter of a comedy that's a matter of life and death for some. When it comes to stopping a murder, even yesterday can be too late.
The play celebrated its world premiere on February 2, 1994, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough.
"Ayckbourn's intriguing and intricate comedy thriller may seem to some a weird mixture of Hitchcock, Ayckbourn himself ... and dear old J.B. Priestley, whose dramatic time machines delighted the theatrical '30s. ... The play, which probably out-tricks any earlier bag of Ayckbourn's masterly trickery, was a delight." (New York Post)
"Inventive diversion." (New York Times)