See it if Royo is good in this one man show. Ah the 80s! Has some disturbing material many may not like.
Don't see it if If you want an upbeat show. Scenes at times didn't jibe well. Slow at times as well.
See it if Royo put it all out there in this multi-character solo show. Some of the scenarios were stronger than others.
Don't see it if Rally nothing original in these monologues by stereotypical characters. This one should have been packed away in a box marked "1980s"
See it if you want to see Andre Royo live. He's a talented actor, and he gives a strong performance.
Don't see it if you want a coherent play. This is a series of vignettes, but there's limited characterization, and the vignettes aren't interesting.
See it if Under Mark Armstrong's low-keyed direction, solo actor Andre Roya brandishes a sinister, charismatic persona in this substance abuse drama
Don't see it if Bogosian's award winning drama shows its age (1986) yet despite its datedness all its requisite tensions, horrors & moral abasements remain
See it if This is a very well acted one man show with a series of short vignettes of the effects of drinking in America.
Don't see it if you want a linear play with one plot or are not interested in the issue of drinking has on American culture. Read more
See it if If you enjoy one man shows and want to dig deep into the trouble state of those who have addictions.
Don't see it if You are looking for answers to how we become addicted to drugs and alcohol but want to learn about the struggle.
See it if you're a fan of Royo or Bogosian; you want an intense, intimate play that feels like a period piece but still resonates today
Don't see it if you dislike one person shows; you want a more traditional, linear plot rather than a series of different characters/scenes
See it if You like one man shows, about strong male characters, and are ok with a bare stage.
Don't see it if You are looking to see a big , lavishly staged musical.
CRITIC’S PICK: “ ‘Drinking in America’ ... still makes good theater, because of Bogosian’s observational acuity, and because of the fireworks that ensue when an actor is all in.”
“Its current form showcases Royo’s talent and lets actors jot down monologues to add to their repertoire, but it doesn’t aspire to something more impactful. Due in large part to Royo’s star power, however, ’Drinking in America’ will achieve its goal to sell tickets regardless of the impression it leaves.”
“Tellingly and perhaps more realistically, at the conclusion of ‘Drinking in America,’ when the man stretched out his hands for aid, none of us in the audience reached back. The play may be thirty-seven years old, but the story remains the same.”
"Drinking in America" had so much to tell us about men and addiction and society over 30 years ago. And here we are with this riveting production in 2023 with a reminder that we still have so much to learn.
"If drinking is comedy and also a tragedy, then Drinking in America, a one-man solo performance starring the multi-talented Andre Royo as Man, is both."