Summer Shorts 2018: Series A
Summer Shorts 2018: Series A
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Summer Shorts 2018: Series A NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
80%
Mixed
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Negative
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Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

About the Show

This annual festival of new American short plays returns to 59E59 for its 12th consecutive year.

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Member Reviews (10)

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1048 Reviews | 254 Followers
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Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if Kenny tavern is slow,thin . Grounded is lacking emotion. Last years was much better, better writing.

Don't see it if If you like shorts with better stories, well written.

383 Reviews | 95 Followers
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Timely, Feminist, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like: a. meta short plays b. feminist/politically themed shorts c. two-handers

Don't see it if You saw summer shorts B and are expecting the A section to live up to it or best it. Series B is definitely a stronger selection overall. Read more

274 Reviews | 51 Followers
79
Disappointing, Entertaining, Confusing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if an initiate setting. 3 short 1-acts. Inexpensive experience or seeing a screen actor on stage. "Grounded" was by far the best of the three.

Don't see it if I was hoping to like "The Living Room", but, it was WAY confusing and "Kenny's Tavern" was just "okay". If "Grounded" weren't present, the Read more

243 Reviews | 23 Followers
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Absorbing, Great acting, Uneven

See it if Everyone should see the final short - it is powerful and beautifully executed on every front.

Don't see it if The other two shorts have some good ideas and moments, but execution is a little wonky in a variety of areas.

70 Reviews | 42 Followers
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A mixed bag

See it if you don't mind sitting through a weak aperitif and a bland appetizer to get to your main course.

Don't see it if you'd rather invest your time in a cohesive theatrical outing. Read more

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
During previews
72
Great acting

See it if you have a special interest in the short play form.

Don't see it if you are looking for deep explorations or formal innovation. Read more

503 Reviews | 77 Followers
During previews
78
Clever, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if you like short plays.Set is terrific. Living Room is good but a bit dull.Kenny's Tavern wasn't much.BUT Grounded made up for the 1st two.

Don't see it if you want cohesive one act plays.It's a hard thing to write, & Chris Bohjalian nails it.They are all worth seeing, just not great theatre.

349 Reviews | 58 Followers
During previews
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Uneven scripts from banal to clever, Fine acting

See it if Seeing a one-act play provides opportunity to imagine how playwright thinks. The Living Room is a glimpse into O'Hara's anger, very meta,

Don't see it if rather funny.Grounded is relevant & well acted but stagy with stock characters. Kenny's Tavern has interesting coda to otherwise banal plot.

Critic Reviews (6)

Lighting & Sound America
August 8th, 2018

"‘Kenny's Tavern’: It progresses sluggishly, and the characters aren't drawn sharply enough...Bohjalian's ‘Grounded’: The action is notably lacking in tension...'The Living Room' is billed as a satire, but it is singularly without laughs...This is the weaker of the two Summer Shorts offerings, lacking in humor and heavy with accusation. The crimes of the #MeToo era should at least yield some interesting dramas to come, but here the handling is dreary and a little bit forced."
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TheaterScene.net
August 8th, 2018

"The linking theme in the three new one acts in 'Summer Shorts 2018 - Festival of New American Plays: Series A' is life in Trump's United States including predatory males, race relations, and the disenfranchised. While all three plays have intriguing premises only Chris Bohjalian's 'Grounded,' a first play by a novelist of long standing, is a fully-realized, dramatic experience. Having your heart in the right place or expressing righteous anger over a current wrong proves not to be enough."
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Theatre is Easy
July 31st, 2018

"'The Living Room' serves as a great warm-up act to whet our appetites for the next two pieces, both of which pack a punch...The power of 'Kenny’s Tavern' comes from an unspoken juxtaposition between the privileged philandering educators and the young girl...'Grounded' is my favorite, wonderfully compelling on both literal and metaphorical levels...Dinelaris does a wonderful job of keeping the play focused, amidst all of the non sequiturs and realistic interruptions."
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Front Row Center
July 30th, 2018

"Go for the fluid acting in some of the pieces. Go for the depth of writing that you’ll hear from good playwrights. Go to challenge your own morality. Playwrights, us out here are interested in what these 'Summer Shorts' have to say."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
August 11th, 2018

"Each play touches lightly on some contemporary social issue that has been gently peeled, rather than ripped, from the headlines…'The Living Room's points seem blunted to the point of pointlessness and its self-declared existence as a 'satire' evokes barely any laughs…None of 'Kenny's Tavern' amounts to much, plot or theme-wise, and the action slumbers…'Grounded' isn't always smooth, but…succeeds in creating relatable, well-written characters, each of them given convincing performances."
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Plays to See
July 31st, 2018

"Manages to give a loving spotlight to three distinct and smart voices. 'Summer Shorts' binds together the intents and explorations of these playwrights into a succinct 90-minute showcase of what the new generation of writers is capable of. If one theme can be given, it would be this: the voices you don’t often hear, speaking to the issues you thought you knew all about."
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