Almost an Evening

By Ethan Coen
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307460417, 80pp.)

Publication Date: April 7, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Three satiric plays by Oscar-winning screenwriter Ethan Coen

Raising Arizona, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading–the Coen brothers’ films are some of the most critically acclaimed and iconic of our time. Now, one half of the duo, Ethan Coen, adds playwriting to his eclectic bio. In these three short plays that ran to sold-out audiences Off-Broadway in 2008, the theme is hell–both on earth and in the hereafter.

In “Waiting,” a man faces an uncertain future in an uncertain location that seems to be some kind of waiting room. The anxiety and despair hark back to dramas of the fifties–Sartre, Beckett, Pinter.

“Four Benches” depicts an unlikely meeting in a steam room between a straight-talking Texan and an uptight Brit. Both men learn from the encounter, though only one survives it.

In “Debate,” the cantankerous god of the Old Testament roundly abuses the mealymouthed god of the New. His profanity and ill humor receive a startling comeuppance, and further reversals and changes of point of view lead to a denouement that is no more preposterous than anything else in the play.

Clever, provocative, and as engaging as the best fiction, these plays showcase yet another talent of one of our most celebrated contemporary writers.




About the Author

When not writing plays, poetry, or short stories, ETHAN COEN makes movies with his brother, Joel Coen. After 13 films, the Coen brothers have one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed bodies of work in the history of cinema.




Praise For Almost an Evening

Praise for the production of Almost an Evening

“Theatergoers nostalgic for the urbane, mind-teasing divertissements that once flourished Off-Broadway . . . should leave happily hungry.”
New York Times

“Boisterous and fun.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Let’s hope Coen finds time to write more plays.”
Star-Ledger

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