Drinking and Writing Volume III: To Cure a Hangover Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays. Continues through March 5 2011

After a horrible night with some cherry brandy when I was 16, I was apparently vaccinated forever against hangovers. Lucky me, I just don't get them. You unfortunates who do might want to take a look at Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin's latest collaboration--a casual, amusing, unexpectedly informative 75-minute performance lecture on dealing with what Hemingway called "gastric remorse." Initially wearing lab coats, Mosqueda and Benjamin explain that a proper hangover cure addresses four issues: dehydration, sleeplessness, toxins, and (this one's a little vague) a poor sense of well-being. They review experiments they conducted on themselves and report some intriguing results. You may be surprised, for instance, at their learned choice for best rehydrator. All this is punctuated by side trivia, bouts of audience participation, and recitations from the work of famous alcoholic writers like John Cheever. The dumbing down for a bar crowd can be off-putting (Have they really never heard of Cheever?) and so can Mosqueda's unqualified enthusiasm for a destructive level of drinking. But for the most part, this is good, clean, take-the-bus-home fun. --Tony Adler

Price: $15

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