The Cocktail Hour
The writer Philip Roth (remember him?) once told Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "When a writer is born into the family, the family is finished." And John Lithgow's character in Orange County, upon hearing that his son wants to be a writer, responds, baffled, "Why would you want to be a writer? You're not oppressed. You're not gay." Two fun facts to keep in mind when checking out this play, set in mid-'70s New York, about a playwright named. John, who returns to his family’s home, bringing with him his new work, which is based on them. His purpose is to get their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the start. (Perhaps if they had been poor and improper, they might have simply put the kibosh on the matter and cut the story short, so thank heaven for money and manners.) And naturally, John’s sister Nina must be contended with. As the martinis start to flow, so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant.
Ongoing until Sunday, February 6, 2022