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‘Drunken City’ vs. ‘Drunk Enough’: Which Play Rewards Drunken Viewing?

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!

Related: The Drunken City [NYM]
Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? [NYM]

Photos by Joan Marcus.

‘Drunken City’ vs. ‘Drunk Enough’