Almost an Evening

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Almost an Evening
Written by Ethan Coen
Date premiered 2008
Original language English
Genre Three one act plays

Almost an Evening is a series of three one act plays written by Academy Award winner Ethan Coen and directed by Neil Pepe. It premiered Off-Broadway in January 2008 at the Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2.[1] After its initial run through February 10, 2008 it was transferred to the Bleecker Street Theater. Almost an Evening began previews March 20, 2008 and ran through June 1, 2008.[2] The commercial run is the first partnership with Art Meets Commerce and the Atlantic Theater Company.


  • Waiting – Someone waits somewhere for quite some time.
  • Four Benches – His voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent to steam baths in New York and Texas, and to park benches in the U.S. and U.K.
  • Debate – Cosmic questions are taken up. Not much is learned.

Characters and casts[edit]

Atlantic Theatre Company Cast
Bleecker Street Theatre Cast

Critical response[edit]

Head Critic for The New York Times, Ben Brantley stated:[1]
“Tasty, bite-sized comedies. Nimbly directed by Neil Pepe. Theatergoers nostalgic for the urbane, mind-teasing divertissements that once flourished Off-Broadway should leave happily hungry. A dream team.”

Melissa Rose Bernardo from Entertainment Weekly stated:[2]
“Boisterous and fun [...] Coen couldn’t ask for a better production than this Atlantic Theater Company treatment.”

Linda Winer from Newsday Stated:[3]
“Gleeful, thoughtful and darkly loopy. These new, lean pieces mark the serious stage debut of a shrewd and weirdly endearing comic voice.”


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