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Summer Shorts 2016: Series B

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Absorbing

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (11)


Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Absorbing

Clever, Funny, Original, Resonant

See it if want 3 different shows with quality acting. Flag was provoking, if a bit slow. Murder mystery was strong and clever.

Don't see it if you want a musical

August 7th, 2016
"By the time things turn dizzily theatrical, in a noir-style romp called 'The Dark Clothes of Night,' the audience is well primed. This delicious little play is the third of three one-acts, and it’s the first that feels unmistakably like a work for the stage. Until then, the program is rather fla...
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August 15th, 2016
“‘Black Flag:’ under Vaughn's direction, the crosscurrents of tension are always evident…'Queen:’ Dialogue that cuts to the heart, and Slezak's direction results in acutely sensitive performances…‘Dark Clothes:’ The playwright has a keen ear for both literary satire and interpersonal takedowns......
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August 7th, 2016
“‘Black Flag:’ While the setup itself feels contrived, the play does a good job of exploring issues of racial insensitivity…The most tightly constructed, is ‘Queen’...This one ends ambiguously. But, really, the plot turn is less important than the well-honed portrait of disparate characters who c...
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August 16th, 2016
“‘The Dark Clothes of Night’, a brilliant parody/homage to film noir and hardboiled fiction, is so good it alone is worth the price of admission. The other two plays have interesting but undeveloped premises. But ‘The Dark Clothes of Night’ is an instant classic, a satire that is also a bri...
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