Rumble in the Alley 

Catch Cocktails at the Fishers' tonight at VAC

Every Monday for the month of July, local playwrights have wrung their hands as area actors give voice to their works-in-progress in front of a live audience. Tonight, the fourth and final play in the Alley Repertory Theater’s “Plays From the Alley” series will premiere, Kelly Broich’s Cocktails at the Fishers'. The play is a Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf-sounding look into the life of Idaho writer Vardis Fisher that “invites us to be a fly on the wall for an evening of drinks, discussions and a bit of debauchery with the great Idaho writer and several colorful, historical, literary guests at his house.”

Known for penning lengthy tales of the old West, including the 12-volume Testament of Man series and the novel Mountain Man, Fisher is considered to be one of Idaho’s most prolific writers. Cocktails at the Fishers' marks Broich's second foray into playwriting and was inspired by his long-running obsession with Fisher—running his official website and editing two of his unpublished novels.

After the reading of Broich’s play, the audience will be asked to submit survey forms to voice their likes and dislikes with the author. With ART encouraging audience members to bring picnics (sans hooch), we sure hope things go over well. We’d hate to see any leftover veggies get lobbed at the stage.

$7, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 27. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online at

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