This has been the worst day of my life. So can you please get drunk with me?
Dana, Ruth and Jess down shots to console the heart-broken, to comfort the anxious and just pass the time. Kicked out from the family home Jess’s dad, Jim, invades the party with just as much recklessness as the girls. As the night passes and vodka bottles are emptied, Friday night in becomes high drama. An unruly new comedy asking if age equals maturity, Acid Test opened at the Royal Court in May 2011.
“Reiss clearly has a future…”
3 stars – what’s on stage.com
“The second play, they say, is the hardest. But Anya Reiss more than fulfils the promise she showed last year, as an 18-year-old, with Spur of the Moment… Like its predecessor, Reiss's play proves she knows a thing or two about the pervasive effect of parental discord on the young.”
3 stars - The Guardian
“Like Reiss’ debut, The Acid Test is full of humour, acute observation and accurate perception. The dialogue is as powerful and sharp as a vodka cocktail, and the tensions between generations are excruciatingly convincing. .. entertaining and occasionally moving”
“it has wit and heart, and much of the dialogue is disconcertingly authentic…. Adept at capturing the cadences of post-adolescent chatter, Reiss also knows how to probe the most raw emotions. “
4 stars – The Evening Standard
“…award-winning young playwright Anya Reiss has an ear for realistic, compelling, amusing dialogue. Reiss won awards for her debut play Spur Of The Moment. Her second really is The Acid Test. With Reiss among the leading group of young contemporary playwrights, the future looks rosy."
Official London Theatre
"Pleasingly, Miss Reiss negotiates the traumas of tricky second play syndrome with ease. The Acid Test becomes melodramatic in its final scenes but, until that point, intelligently portrays the difficulties of post-uni life with wit and verisimilitude. Anya Reiss once again shows a strong ear for dialogue and ability to create convincing characters… she could have a big future as a playwright."
British Theatre Guide