Arts/Literature

Review: Almost an Evening by Ethan Cohen

Almost an Evening consists of the three short one-act plays penned by Ethan Coen (one half of “the Coen Brothers”–yes, those Coen Brothers). Coen offers a Sarte-esque view of Hell that could as easily have been an Abbott & Costello skit; an existential visit to a sauna; and a debate between God Who Loves and God Who Judges.

Plays, of course, are meant to be watched rather than simply read, but the writing in Coen’s three pieces holds up well on its own. Overall, it’s a light and funny collection, with stabs at being thoughtful. The language is harsh—definitely not for sensitive readers/audience members, but it’s all meant in good fun.

The clever dialogue and great laughs definitely make it a worthwhile read.

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