A Cocktail Party Social Experiment
By Andrew Andrews
The setting for A Cocktail Party Social Experiment is comfortable and inviting, and the included cocktail that I received upon entering was delectable. Considering that the refill I purchased during intermission cost $16, the fact that one drink is included in the cover charge helps justify the $22 total ticket price.
The show was a little slow getting started, but there was already plenty of conversation taking place among the audience members, many of whom had attended the experience before.
Beyond what’s true for any performance, there are a lot of factors that can effect the success of this concept as this evening plays out. First and foremost, the chosen guests must be good at conversation: not only at answering questions, but at listening to the answers and posing follow-ups that really draw out the subject. There’s also the relevance of each starting question to the person who receives it, and the participant’s comfort level with being put on the spot before a live audience.
As a result, I enjoyed some of the conversations more than others, and considering I’d make the same statement about every real-life party I’ve attended, this only adds authenticity to the experience.
At intermission, my partner commented that they wish the cards and book were available for purchase, to replicate A Cocktail Party Game at home.
Although that’s not yet a reality, the host does solicit private bookings, and the social experiment returns to Chelsea Music Hall on February 17th, with a new set of party guests and a different specialty cocktail to make you feel welcome.
Andrew Andrews attended A Cocktail Party Social Experiment at Chelsea Music Hall in Manhattan on Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 7:00pm to write this review.