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Sunday, January 20 Entertainment

Saybrook Stage readies 4 performances of ‘How the Other Half Loves’ at The Kate

Landline phones, social class and a quick pace mark the 1970s era comedy “How the Other Half Loves,” which will have four performances by the Saybrook Stage Company, returning to Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center for its 15th production in the coming days.

This comedy’s setup involves three couples with the men all working for the same firm — from the boss to the young man just joining the department. One of the men is having an affair with the wife of the boss, and when each man returns home suspiciously late one evening they invent a story about having to spend some time smoothing domestic matters in the home of the third, younger couple.

Adding intrigue: The younger couple attends dinner parties on two different nights at the colleague’s homes, with the action taking place in the older couples’ living rooms and the audience seeing both scenes play out simultaneously.

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn has written and produced over 70 full-length plays over the past 50 years and has won numerous awards including the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010.

The Kate, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook, Thursday, Jan. 18, to Sunday, Jan. 21. 8 p.m. except Sunday at 3 p.m. $23-$17. 877-503-1286