A Cheever Evening

Adapted for the stage by A.R. Gurney, directed by Eileen Schuyler

February 9, 10, 11, 2007 (Fri.-Sun.) What Sinclair Lewis was to Middle America in the 1930s, John Cheever was to the Privileged Upper Middle Class of the 1950s. Chronicler of suburban angst, he flavored his view with a twist of Manhattan cocktail. Gurney, who shares Cheever's preoccupation with WASP America, draws characters and episodes from Cheever short stories, many published in The New Yorker. The time and place is New York when Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey orchestras were heard on the radio, men and women wore hats, chain-smoked, and valued) their cocktail parties and old family beach homes. The breed sees itself being uprooted by just about everyone who has had the temerity to land on American shores after 1750.

Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave, Albany, NY.
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM.
(Audience discussion with the director follows the Saturday matinee.)