Coen, Ethan (American playwright, 19__-____), “Waiting,”
a __-minute comedy in English; part of an 80-minute intermission-less bill of three plays, set in a nondescript waiting room, eternity,
© 2008 by Ethan Coen;
• in Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening (New York: The Author, 2008);
• script/rights available from Ethan Coen, c/o Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street, New York, New York 10011, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 212-691-5919.
Nelson (m), __, a nebbish in a brown suit, a man of eroding patience; _____ (m), __, a bureaucrat; _____ (m), __, an official; Receptionist (f), __, a taciturn, hatchet-faced secretary.
“The man is in a perpetual state of waiting, marking time until his release. Only it never comes. And the waiting period keeps getting extended—by thousands of years. It doesn’t take long to guess where the poor guy has ended up. Who knew hell would have old copies of U.S. News & World Report?”—The Canadian Press: Filmmaker Ethan Coen makes off-Broadway debut with ‘‘Almost an Evening, http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5g2m-SzGbahoxogd2fTxQWRyVK-jw, accessed January 26, 2008.
“Finding himself in a drab waiting room, a man . . . suddenly realizes he is dead. A grim receptionist . . . says he has to wait 822 years to get to the next level and then mutely rattles away at her Selectric typewriter. At long last the guy sees a bureaucrat . . . who notes his paperwork is wrong and he really has to wait 8,022 years. Back goes the soul to that dreary reception room where the silent, hatchet-faced woman noisily types on. A rapid series of scenes depicts the man’s unsatisfactory visits with other officials as the eons go along.—‘Almost An Evening’ opens off-Broadway at Atlantic - Arts - NJ.com, http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2008/01/almost_an_evening_opens_offbro.html, accessed January 26, 2008.
Premiered by Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street, New York, New York, U.S.A., January 22-February 10, 2008.