The Caldwell Theater Company in Florida is offering A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour, Dec. 30-Feb. 10. Under the direction of Michael Hall, the play, which officially opens Jan. 4, unearths a "perfect" family's foibles and buried resentment toward each other. The Cocktail Hour is set in an affluent city in upstate New York in the mid '70s. A struggling young playwright, John (Bob Rogerson), visits his family to present his new play to them. Being that the play is about his family and their weaknesses, he must ask their permission before producing it. Making an earnest effort to deter him, John's father, Bradley (Steve Pudenz), offers John a monetary reward if he does not put on the production. John's sister, Nina (Jacqueline Knapp), opposes the production as well. Nina believes she deserves a bigger role in the play. Ann (Jayne Heller), John's mother, tries to keep family ties strong by exerting more energy overseeing the new servant than quarrelling with her kin. Each night, the family drinks together during their cocktail hour, and it is here they can voice their opinions about the play — while their true feelings surface.
For information about The Cocktail Hour, please call the box office at (561) 241-7432. For more information about Caldwell Theater Company visit http://www.caldwelltheatre.com.