The Cocktail Hour: A.R. Gurney's Comedy of Manners from Bowie Community Theatre
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The little upstate New York college town where Mark and Bret live used to be a great place, but things have gotten strange. Women have been attacked in the area, and Bret is terrified that her missing best friends could be the latest victims. Mark is more concerned about winning Bret back, and worried that she's cheating on him. Bret's reclusive landlord is watching their relationship implode via a strategically placed mirror in her apartment, unbeknownst to them both. When a detective with a colorful past arrives to investigate the disappearances, this little two-act whodunit thriller twists and turns its way to a frightening conclusion. New England Entertainment Digest called it a "terrific new murder mystery thriller ... a shattering web of suspicions and deceit." Learn More
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- "Mr. Gurney still has new and witty observations to make about a nearly extinct patrician class that regards psychiatry as an affront to good manners, underpaid hired help as a birthright and the selling of blue-chip stocks as a first step toward Marxism." --<em>The New York Times</em>
The Cocktail Hour
by A. R. Gurney
Directed by Scott Bloom
A young playwright returns home to get permission from his mother and father to produce a play he has written about them. His well-to-do (and rather stuffy) parents are horrified at the idea of their private life being exposed on stage, while his sister is furious that she is only a secondary figure in the play. The cocktail hour soon turns into a shouting match, and, as more drinks are poured, family skeletons come out of the closet. This gripping play deals with the age-old conflict between children and parents over morals and values.