The pre-dinner cocktail is a revered ritual in John's parents' elegant home, but when he returns to announce that he has written a play about them, their calm demeanor dissolves. As the martinis flow, so do the revelations and recriminations, both funny and poignant, in this heartfelt comedy about the ties that bind.
Approximate run time: 2 hours, including one ten-minute intermission.
"The family roast can’t seem to get to the table, and cocktail hour is extended. What’s not to love? We have been talking about a revival of A.R. Gurney’s American comedy of manners for a few years now, and when we knew Maria Aitken was available to direct it, the cocktail was complete!"— Peter DuBois
"The idea of a year going by without working at the Huntington is so stressful that I have sought solace in the occasional martini while working elsewhere. I was filled with joy when the opportunity arose to return to my favorite theatre in America to direct The Cocktail Hour, for I am already in training in the cocktail department."— Maria Aitken