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Ethan Coen's 'Happy Hour': 3 New One-Act Plays To Debut Next Month

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NEW YORK -- Ethan Coen has another set of one-act plays on the way.

The Atlantic Theater Company said Wednesday that the Academy Award winner – best known in the film world as half of the prolific Coen brothers – will present the world premiere next month of "Happy Hour," his new play made up of three short comedies.

Previews will begin Nov. 16, with an official opening set for Dec. 5. The show, which closes Jan. 1, will be seen at the Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space while the Atlantic's main stage is being renovated.

Directed by Neil Pepe, the ensemble cast will feature Cassie Beck, Aya Cash, Clark Gregg, Susan Hyon, Rock Kohli, Gordon MacDonald, Amanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Joey Slotnick and Lenny Venito.

According to producers, the new work explores three stories: an embittered bar fly, a lonely couple who can't see how right each is for the other and a business traveler who wants to end it all.

Coen, twice the author of three previously compiled short plays – "Almost an Evening" and "Offices," which both presented by the Atlantic Theater Company – has penned one-third of "Relatively Speaking," three one-acts now on Broadway that also includes works by Woody Allen and Elaine May.

Coen has made 15 movies with his brother Joel, including "No Country for Old Men," "Fargo," "O Brother, Where Art Thou" and "The Big Lebowski."

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