March 7 through April 10, 2010
The Beckett Theatre
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
You’re invited to the brilliant, witty world of “The Cocktail Party” – T.S. Eliot’s profound exploration of self-deception and redemption. Edward and Lavinia Chamberlayne are throwing a party at their fashionable London flat. The guests arrive only to discover that their hostess is no where to be found and a rather strange man, who no one knows, seems right at home. Ruthless and compassionate, this “Cocktail Party” embodies the day-to-day struggle of domestic life while turning the classic ‘drawing room comedy’ on its head.
“Scott Alan Evans, the director of the new revival at the Beckett Theater, deserves credit for helping his cast speak its verse, almost unheard of in drama today, with a colloquial wit that comes off rather effortlessly.” —New York Times
“T. S. Eliot labeled his 1950 work The Cocktail Party a comedy, and there are plenty of satisfying yuks in The Actors Company Theatre’s impeccable revival of the too-infrequently-seen work….” —TheaterMania
“Given TACT’s excellent track record for resurrecting neglected plays, you’re safe in assuming that, whether or not you agree with the critic who hailed it as “a masterpiece of contemporary theater,” that this company will give it a handsome staging and that its resident and guest artists will give intelligent, invigorating performances.” —CurtainUp