This annual festival of new American short plays from top playwrights returns to 59E59 for its 10th consecutive year. More…
The festival's two separate series consist of three plays each, and run in rotating repertory.
'The Dark Clothes of Night' by Richard Alfredo
Directed by Alexander Dinelaris
Sloane is a hard-knuckle, film noir private eye, caught in a web of perfumed intrigue. Rob Marlowe is a professor of film semiotics, toggling between gender politics and fanboy fantasies. Their paths collide in a kaleidoscope of shifting identities, femmes fatales, and deadly horticulture. A doppelganger whodunit.
'Queen' by Alexander Dinelaris inspired by 'The Woman Who Came at Six O'Clock' by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Directed by Victor Slezak
Every day at six o'clock a prostitute named Queen comes into Joe's restaurant for a free meal. Every day for years, the routine has been the same. But today isn't every day.
'Black Flag' by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Logan Vaughn
Sydney is from Georgia. Deja is from Detroit. These two new dorm-mates cannot wait to start their freshman year together. That is, until Sydney decides to decorate their room with a little piece of 'Southern pride.' Now, all bets are off. 'Black Flag' is a biting new play about allegiance, censorship, and the price of honoring the past.
See it if You like variety. I loved the wittiness of Dark Clothes and the intensity of Queen. I didn't find Black Flag to be convincing.
Don't see it if You aren't willing to sit through one mediocre play in order to see two excellent ones.
See it if you can sit through two mediocre plays for the sake of a hilarious, playful third play. See this for "The Dark Clothes of Night."
Don't see it if you mind that two of the three plays are not fully formed. But, do see for the intelligent, funny, well acted and well written third play.
See it if for the thought-provoking play that starts the evening and the hilarious play that ends it.
Don't see it if you don't respond to corny dialogue and clever staging.
See it if You like plays, short plays (technically 1-acts), minimal sets, small cast, cast members playing multiple characters. 3 plays, in under 2 hr
Don't see it if You don't like intense (and "controversial) topics: "Black Flag" and "Queen" dealt with serious issues. Both had its humor moments.
See it if see it for the 1st and 3rd plays. The first a well acted and written meditation on race, while the 3rd is a hilarious film noir send up.
Don't see it if you aren't able to overlook the second play "Queen", which is poorly written and acted. An uneven evening where the good triumphs the bad.
See it if You love short plays, don't mind seeing so-so plays for a reward of seeing one superb play (The Dark Clothes of Night )
Don't see it if You get disappointed by 1 or 2 plays that lack in writing, acting, or both - even if one play is a gem ( writing, wit, acting, story)
See it if you want efficient story telling in one act for 3 plays!
Don't see it if you want everything spelled out for you on stage. You'll need your thinking cap!
See it if you enjoy well written, short plays, each embracing very different stories and styles; fine acting and interesting story lines.
Don't see it if you want a full-blown, well developed play, which may ramble along to reveal its' story. These get to the point quickly.
See it if You like original one act plays.The initial play was the most thought provoking. The last entry was the least fulfilling. Actors excelled.
Don't see it if You prefer more traditional works in which you know the stories in advance. The 3 plays were all very different in subject matter and impact