“CRITIC’S CHOICE! Sails on a sea of comedy!” hails LA TIMES. “Watch out Neil Simon! Jerry Mayer is right behind you with this brilliant, witty comedy!” exclaims Profile Magazine. “Hilarious!” raves Hollywood Reporter. Held over by audience demand, it’s the smash hit that Daily Variety calls “Engaging and delightful,” a buoyant dead serious comedy about love and survival that asks the question, “Are men really more trouble than they’re worth?” Warmth, pathos and lots of jokes abound as a mother and father take their daughters and sons-in-law on a happy anniversary cruise and quickly find themselves awash in a sea of stormy relationships. Twenty-five years after it launched at Santa Monica Playhouse, playwright Jerry Mayer’s acclaimed comedy docks again for a limited silver anniversary run. It’s a modern family vacation that results in “a funny and touching look at six people enmeshed in various stages of complex relationships. In other words, it’s about us all. Trying to tell our parents we love them, attempting to understand a rival sibling, and fighting the eternal battle of the sexes,” says Entertainment Today.
Written by Jerry Mayer, author of Almost Perfect, A Love Affair, Killjoy, 2Across, Black & Bluestein, Dietrich and Chevalier. His play Aspirin & ELEPHANTS ran for two years in its initial run at Santa Monica Playhouse and has been seen in cities all over the world. Directed by Chris DeCarlo, whose most recent projects include Arnold Schulman’s Sleeping Ugly, Lisa Phillips Visca’s Raise Me Up, and LA Times Critic’s Choice Last of the Knotts. Chris also directed the world premieres of three Mayer plays, including Aspirin & ELEPHANTS in its1989 world premiere. Featuring a stellar cast of stage and screen personalities that includes Ryan Driscoll (series regular Poop Notice; House M.D., the web-series Death As We Know It); Kip Gilman (Moonlight and Magnolias, Stuff Happens, Jerry Mayer’s 2Across, CSI Miami, Bones, Trapper John MD); Michael Marinaccio (off Broadway: Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding, Romeo and Juliet; Santa Monica Playhouse World Premiere of Lisa Phillips Visca’s Raise Me Up); Wendy Michaels (Rabbit Hole, Jerry Mayer’s Almost Perfect, Bachelor Party 2, The Glades, America’s Most Wanted); Afton Quast (Don’t Dress for Dinner – ICT; Second City Hollywood; Amadeus – Neighborhood Playhouse); and Matthew Wrather (Travesties with Sam Waterston, The Raft with Ed Asner, Lucas Mirelle’s A Bad Person).
You never had so much fun with your clothes on!
Santa Monica Playhouse is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission and US Bank.