Tillinger Directs Whitehead in Ayckbourn's Time of My Life, Opening in Pittsburgh

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Broadway director John Tillinger's new staging of Alan Ayckbourn's Time of My Life opens April 23 at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Paxton Whitehead, no stranger to the rueful comedy of Ayckbourn, stars.
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Tillinger (Say Goodnight, Gracie; The Sunshine Boys) directs the tale about the Stratton family's past, present and future merging and splintering in their favorite restaurant. Whitehead appeared in the 2005 Broadway production of Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular.

Previews began April 15. Performances continue to May 16 at PPT's O'Reilly Theater, in downtown Pittsburgh.

According to PPT, "Time of My Life takes place in the restaurant Essa de Calvi, where its owner and four waiters share an amazing family resemblance (they are all played by Tom Beckett). We begin at a birthday party for Laura (Ann McDonough), who is celebrating with her husband Gerry (Paxton Whitehead), their son Glyn (Tim McGeever) and his wife Stephanie (Leah Curney), and their other son Adam (Jeffrey Withers) and his girlfriend Maureen (Sarah Manton). A few too many cocktails later, as the evening is winding down, we realize that Ayckbourn's playwriting genius is just winding up. He keeps us in the restaurant, but follows Glyn and Stephanie into the future and Adam and Maureen into the past, while Gerry and Laura stay in the present. Ayckbourn comments on family, work, relationships, and of course food, but ultimately his manipulation of past, present and future suggest that living in the moment is the best time of all."

The production team for Time of My Life includes James Noone (scenic), Laurie Churba Kohn (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting), and Zach Moore (sound). Fred Noel is the production stage manager and Ashley J. Martin is the assistant stage manager.

Ayckbourn's 73 plays include The Norman Conquests, which won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival, Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular and Bedroom Farce. Pittsburgh Public Theater audiences will be familiar with his work from the American premiere of RolePlay, staged there in 2005, and By Jeeves, which Ayckbourn wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber and directed at Pittsburgh Public in 2001. Ayckbourn was recently named a recipient a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

For tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org.

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