The Cocktail Party
The Cocktail Party – Theater Review
Edward and Lavinia Chamberlayne are throwing a party at their fashionable London flat. The guests arrive only to discover that their hostess is no where to be found and a rather strange man, who no one knows, seems right at home
The Cocktail Party by T.S. Elliot was a sensation when it first appeared in the he early 50s. It was actually not performed in London because they couldn’t find theatre space supposedly so it was first performed in United States, and ran almost a year. Given the fact that it’s basically blank verse, you can still see how it would have been a revelation. Take the cocktail party, which is the staple of people like Noel Coward, who wrote Blythe Spirit, who had this kind of brittle, witty conversation between upper class Brits, and here are these very serious people talking about things like free will and destiny. It opens with a cocktail party,in which the hostess is missing, but there’s a strange man there. If you’re a real TS Elliot fan, I’m sure this is going to just knock your socks off. If you’re a theater goer who’s interested in something a little different, you may be interested for a while. But it goes two hours and 45 minutes. Almost three hours. It’s a long time to be Ellioted. I give it three points for effort, and one point for entertainment. It’s going to come out, I’m afraid, at two stars.