When your famous twin sister’s suicide letter instructs you to put together a makeshift wake in a Palm Springs cocktail lounge, what can you do but grant her final wish?
LA writer Lana arrives in Palm Springs to host an evening with competing ex-lovers, surprising new flames, and enough arousing confessions to raise the dead.
DEATH BEFORE COCKTAILS IS a modern black comedy about love, sex, and the secret concoction at the end of the tunnel.
NOHO Arts District – “Death Before Cocktails” is like staying up all night with your very favorite people where nothing is off limits, there is absolutely nothing to lose and forgiveness is served with the morning coffee. Ms Vonnegut brings wit and a little bit of glamor to her characters who are all still just struggling to survive, like the rest of us. It’s a really lovely, funny, fascinating play and I highly recommend it. It’s a fairly short run, so don’t dawdle, get your tickets soon and join them all at the bar…”
TOLUCAN TIMES – “This is a highly entertaining, laugh out loud production from start to finish! Technically TOP NOTCH too, as always, at this theatre. An unusual storyline, loaded with infectious insanity…do catch this one!”
The World Through Night Tinted Glasses – “I really need to applaud the cast and co-directors Vonnegut and Alex Rotaru for accomplishing the essence of a fine performance. Not only did every single performer commit to their choices 110%, no matter how bizarre (Mario at one point is definitely tripping on cocaine), but they spoke these lines with truth.”
BETTER LEMONS – “Utterly delightful! This little play has big surprises. The cast is sizzling, the script provocative and stageset neon-hip. Lana and her stable of brawn will have you guffawing in your seat as death, sex and cocktails push out the margins of what’s ribald.”
STAGE RAW – “Co-directors Vonnegut and Alex Rotaru keep the action spinning merrily along, and the actors all reveal formidable comic chops.”
Leigh McCloskey – “Death Before Cocktails is delightful theatre and a brilliantly written dark comedy by Laureen Vonnegut. This entertaining show directed with a sense of wit and style by Alex Rotaru and the playwright has more than just punchy dialog, good actors and ensemble, it has heart and searches for meaning through the trials and tribulations of the well-delineated characters and their situation.”