the blue martin review 2003

NEW YORK:   A bright, boozy, clever comedy of errors, “The Blue Martini” will open a three-week run at the Under St. Marks Theater on October 30.  Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through November 15.


A group of Chicago twenty-somethings struggling to figure out the meaning of love, sex and life. Alcohol assists in the entanglements between them. There’s a sexy and cynical bar/club critic, a repressed cute girl, a computer-game freak, and a churchgoing bartender. There’s also the requisite gay roommate. He happens to sell “pleasure items” to women at Tupperware-style parties.


Indeed, the producers offer the following as warning and as enticement:  the production contains adult language, adult situations, and adult “props.”


“The Blue Martini” is being served up by two alumni from the Chicago improv scene. Both did time at the prestigious Improv Olympic. The playwright, Mike Ferrell, is also playing the role of Jack the bartender. He was last seen in “The Great American Cheese Sandwich” in New York, and “Something Blue” and “Shtick People” in Chicago.  Directing is Ben Cikanek, an award-winning filmmaker (“The Protege”) and member of New York’s Steading Film Collective.


The play is coming from Chicago by way of Greensboro, North Carolina, where it enjoyed a successful summer run.