Off Broadway's gotten a little boozy lately. First, Caryl Churchill's Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? opened mid-March at the Public Theater; then last week, Playwrights Horizon introduced Adam Bock's Drunken City. No, you're not seeing double … but what if you'd like to? Which of these two drunken dramas most reward drunken attendance? —Lori Fradkin
The Drunken City
Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?
|Familiar story line?||Pretty much — it's about a bachelorette party gone astray.||Based strictly on the title, yes. (Sigh.)|
|Potential for a "I feel like I know you" scenario?||Low. Cassie Beck, who plays the bride, is making her New York debut.||High. You totally know (and love!) Scott Cohen from Gilmore Girls, Kissing Jessica Stein, and more.|
|Characters serve as metaphors for other, more complicated things?||Not really.||Yes — one character represents America, and one character represents England. Some concentration may be required.|
|Representative dialogue?||Funny and realistic: "I got so nervous I went into my room and I took my bottle of Windex and I cleaned my sneakers."||Fractured and impressionistic, i.e. difficult to parse:
"GUY: not that I don't still love my wife and children but
SAM: who doesn't want to be loved? but
GUY: first time I saw you
SAM: the bar and the guy with"
|Vertigo-inducing staging?||Yes. Stage tips sideways like a teeter-totter, potentially inducing audience vomiting.||Yes. Couch rises far above the stage, potentially inducing audience fainting.|
|Short enough that you might not fall asleep?||80 minutes.||45 minutes. Cheers!|
Photos by Joan Marcus.