The Best Laid Plans Go Hilariously Awry in Alan Ayckbourn’s Sci-Fi Comedy “Henceforward…”

"Henceforward..." by Sir Alan Ayckbourn will run April 27-29 and May 2-6, 9-13, and 16-19 at Deep Dish Theater Company

Chapel Hill, NC-based Deep Dish Theater Company is concluding its 11th season this spring with a delightfully dark early science-fiction comedy by prolific English dramatist and stage director Sir Alan Ayckbourn (“Absurd Person Singular,” “The Norman Conquests” trilogy, “Bedroom Farce”). “Henceforward…” (1987) is set in a besieged apartment block on the outskirts London in a decidedly dystopian near-future time when gangs of marauding teenaged skinheads terrorize the suburbs of the British capital.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 1987 Comedy “Henceforward…” Is a Wickedly Funny Look at Love, Art, and Robots

"Henceforward..." by Sir Alan Ayckbourn will run April 27-29 and May 2-6, 9-13, and 16-19 at Deep Dish Theater Company

“Alan Ayckbourn is one of the most brilliant comic minds in the history of the theater,” says “Henceforward…” director Paul Frellick, “and this play shows him at his most ingenious. Technologically and psychologically, this production easily qualifies as our most ambitious ever.”