A philosophical bartender, a broken-hearted hooker, an idealistic novelist, and a gal from the Sally Ann–four characters play out their desperation and dreams in a dingy New York bar circa 1951. Hrant Alianak has given these B-movie types a place to act out their fantasies. The result is a sometimes pathetic, sometimes hilarious pastiche of lonely midnights, love for sale, and the losers who always hope.
News & Reviews
“An entertaining play of outstanding integrity and artistry.” —Toronto Sun
“Uproariously funny… inspired satire… hugely entertaining, especially the brilliant marathon soliloquies.” —Globe & Mail
“Brilliantly imaginative.” —Montreal Gazette
About the Author
Hrant Alianak made his debut as a writer in 1972 at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto with his play Tantrums. Other plays he has written and directed include Night, Passion, Sin, and Lucky Strike, as well as The Blues, The Big Hit and The Walls of Africa. Lucky Strike has been performed to rave reviews in such cities as New York, Washington, Liverpool, London and Tel Aviv. The Blues has been performed across Canada and has been hailed as a “brilliantly imaginative comedy.” The Walls of Africa was nominated for eight Dora Awards and received three, including Best Production. Hrant also wrote, directed, and co-produced two feature films, A Trip to the Island and Burning, Burning. He also works as an actor. Hrant lives in Toronto.