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Summer Shorts 2017: Series B

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

About the show

This annual festival of new American short plays returns to 59E59 for its 11th consecutive year. More…

The festival's two series consist of three plays each. See the lineup for Series A.

'Break Point' written and directed by Neil Labute: This play concerns the meeting of two world-class tennis players on the eve of their semi-final match at the French Open. Is this a friendly meeting, an elusive game of cat-and-mouse, psychological strategy, or is there something even darker at work here? A funny yet sobering take on masculinity, competition, sportsmanship, and the great American drive to succeed.

'A Woman' by Chris Cragin-Day, directed by Kel Haney: For the past ten years, every time her church passes around the anonymous elder nomination cards, Kim simply writes “A Woman.” This is because her NYC intellectual denomination does not allow women deacons. This year, her church's new pastor, Cliff, calls her bluff.

'Wedding Bash' by Lindsey Kraft & Andrew Leeds, directed by J.J. Kandel: When a newly married couple invites their two friends over for a post-wedding rehash, things get tense when it becomes clear that maybe people didn't love the wedding as much as they said they did.

Member Reviews (8)


Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Delightful
Avg Score

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like quick short solid plays that get the job done

Don't see it if you want just one show and shorts bother you

Also What I love about shorts is that they can't be drawn out. I see a lot ... Read more Read less

Funny, Disappointing, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like a varied evening with three completely different short plays. If you only have one evening, see Series A.

Don't see it if if you prefer longer, more substantial theatrical works.

Also One is tepid, one is hilarious but slight, one is substantive, intense... Read more Read less

Clever, Great writing, Uneven acting, Quirky

See it if you like short pieces.Writing is quite good.BreakPoint drags a bit, but is interesting.Should be cut by 8-10 min.All are worth seeing

Don't see it if you like longer, more traditional shows.I was surprised that some of the acting was really weak.Usually these are very well done.Glad I went

Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Diverting

See it if you feel like channel-surfing but with plays. Most of these performances are pleasant and none make you think too hard.

Don't see it if 3 consecutive plays that consist almost entirely of people sitting and talking to each other would bore you to tears.

Also Not profound, but a delightful evening with enough variety of subjects... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You like well-acted, well thought out, intelligent plays. Better than "Series A". "The Wedding" was the best; comical. "A Woman", on the

Don't see it if Other hand, was a little slow-moving... Nice staging; intimate. Worth the minimal fee...

Delightful, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like short plays that are unrelated to each other, whether funny or thoughtful, or both; you like provocative stories

Don't see it if 30 minute plays aren't your thing; you only like happy endings

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy short and young plays

Don't see it if You don't want to risk seeing something less than excellent. 2/3 plays were great; the first one was "under-cooked" and too literal

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You like to laugh at situations you can relate to.

Don't see it if You are looking for serious drama

August 6th, 2017
"A delightfully breezy 90 minutes. It's a sampler platter of religious patriarchy, wedding antipathy, and athlete hero worship—each executed with insight, humor, and refreshing brevity...Cragin-Day writes a whip-smart female lead...Kraft and Leeds shift toward the sitcom-esque with their hyperbol...
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August 9th, 2017
"Superb playwriting, expert direction, and outstanding performances. ‘Summer Shorts’ is a true celebration of new American plays…Comedy reigns in ‘Wedding Bash’…The wedding bash gets bashed in this very clever show…‘Break Point' is a captivating view of one man's zeal for recognition at the cost ...
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August 6th, 2017
"It's good to see LaBute in fine form with 'Break Point,' the highlight of this year's B program...Under the author's acute direction, Greer nails both Oliver's entitlement and the flop sweat underlying it...Cragin-Day's 'A Woman,' the most original offering...Haney's sensitive direction is aided...
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August 6th, 2017
“Well-acted and thought-provoking...'A Woman:' Thanks to the excellent performances under Haney's direction, the back-and-forth is never less than compelling to watch...'Wedding Bash:' It's all basically a silly sketch comedy, but the dialog and performances make for a fun addition to the evening...
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