THE SET: A blackbox painted black. There is one table and two uncomfortable black wooden chairs. These chairs should not be ornate or stand out in any way. A small black table sits between them. Seating for the audience can be thrust, flexible, or in the round. On the table should be an absinthe drip appauratus such as the one featured HERE. It should be prepared properly with ice and water. The recommended Absinthe MUST be only Absinthe Jade L'Esprit d'Edouard. The two actors begin imbibing the bottle one hour prior to the start of the play in the traditional manner with sugar, and proper absinthe glasses and spoons. A half-hour before show time, the audience is admitted to their seats and during this time, the actors continue imbibing. They may interact with the audience as they see fit.
SHOWTIME: There is a blackout. When the lights come up, one of the actors sets a white timer with extremely loud physical bell to one hour and starts the device. By this time, most of the bottle should be consumed. If there is any left, it is consumed during the performance non-stop until the bottle is emptied. The entire bottle must be consumed by the actors before the end of the performance.
Whatever happens between the start of the show and the one-hour bell IS the play.
When the bell sounds, one of the actors silences the bell. There is a blackout. The actors exit the stage. Lights up.