THE STORY: In ALMOST AN EVENING three short plays unsuccessfully tackle important questions. In WAITING, someone waits somewhere for quite some time. In FOUR BENCHES, a voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent to steam baths in New York and Texas, and to park benches in the U.S. and U.K. In DEBATE, cosmic questions are taken up. Not much is learned.
“With their macabre humor and dark sense of irony, the Coen Brothers’ films offer a distinctively skewed view of Americana, appropriating genres from screwball to noir to convey a bizarre world in which heinous things happen. A similarly twisted perspective—and a reference frame ranging from Beckett to Mamet—is applied in Ethan Coen’s first solo work for the theater, ALMOST AN EVENING, three short plays that swap planet U.S.A. for a more abstract universe in which philosophical, existential and metaphysical questions bounce around.” —Variety.