Woody Allen

Three of Hollywood’s most respected writers, Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May have made the transition from screenwriter to playwright this fall. Each wrote a comedic one-act play for “Relatively Speaking,” a three-part show.

The show is described as a “one-of-a-kind Broadway experience.” Each act focuses on some aspect of family life and issues. The show stars Julie Kavner, Steve Guttenberg, Mark Linn-Baker and Marlo Thomas in a 15-person cast.

Ethan Coen’s “Talking Cure” uniquely takes on familial insanity. Elaine May’s “George Is Dead” explores the comedic side of death and grief, while Woody Allen’s “Honeymoon Motel” looks at a wedding night in classic Woody Allen fashion.

Ethan Coen

All three have been successful–most notably Allen and Coen, who are still cranking out Oscar-winning screenplays–and have proven their ability in being able to write memorable pieces. The big names of Coen and Allen are sure to make the show a hit.

The awkward thing about a play filled with one acts written by different people is that there can be a bit of competition between the shows. There’s always going to be one that’s the audience or critic favorite and there’s going to be one that falls flat in comparison.

Elaine May

According to Huffington Post drama critic David Finkle, Coen’s “Talking Cure” is the dud in the bunch, but it is closely followed by May’s one act. While he says that Allen’s, though not up to his usual standards, is still enjoyable and the best of the three.

While the critics may not have loved it, relatively speaking (pun intended), it may be worth it to get to see performances written by famous Hollywood writers. Isn’t that why they get to jack up the ticket price?

-Diana Pearl

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