Alan Ackybourn’s Confusions is series of five, short, interlinked one-act plays: Mother Figure, Drinking Companion, Between Mouthfuls, Gosforth’s Fete, and A Talk in the Park. Some of the characters appear in more than one play; others are only seen in one. Each play is vastly different - one is comedic (Gosforth’s Fete), another naturalistic (Drinking Companion), and yet another is stylized (Mother Figure). Each, however, deals with the common themes of loneliness and relationships. The characters and their conflicts are immediately recognizable and applicable to everyday lives, and each play leaves the reader, or viewer, questioning their own lives and relationships.