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Review: Drinking & Writing, Volume II: The Noble Experiment/ Neo-Futurists | Newcity Stage
Not quite two years ago, a trio of Neo-Futurists bellied up to the bar over at T's in Andersonville and prattled on for an hour or so about some of America's greatest writers and their love of the drink. It was a loose, amiable show that I described in my review as a "cunning ode to fermented prose," and clearly the laid-back vibe and subject matter—a drunken literary seminar, if you will—found an audience; the show has popped up again and again at various locations since its inception. Too bad this effort to expand on this original idea—or rather, narrow its focus—is such a disappointment. In "Volume II: The Noble Experiment," Sean Benjamin, Chloe Johnston and Steve Mosqueda focus on the writers who thrived and boozed it up during era of Prohibition (1919-1933) and ask: "What is the connection between drinking and writing and Prohibition? And why is it that when you tell Americans not to do something, they do it anyway?" A few cursory hypotheses are mentioned, but rarely do these