This annual festival of new American short plays returns to 59E59 for its 12th consecutive year. More…
The festival's two series consist of three plays each.
by Chris Bohjalian
Directed by Alexander Dinelaris
A young flight attendant with a fear of flying is about to work her first transatlantic trip. When a veteran co-worker tries to help her through the turbulent crossing, she discovers that a fear of flying is the least of the young woman's secrets.
'The Living Room'
Written and directed by Robert O'Hara
A satire. About Frank and Judy. Who are White People in a Living Room. Doing what White People in Living Rooms do. But something is different. Today Frank and Judy have questions. About the entire nature of being White People in a Living Room.
By Abby Rosebrook
Directed by Jess Chayes
Kenny's Tavern is a dive bar and liberal oasis for a certain crowd of public-school teachers in the foothills of West Virginia. On the eve of the 2016 election, two colleagues hole up in the back of their regular haunt to hash out their relationship to each other and the community they love.
See the lineup for Series B here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you enjoy new work penned by some very talented playwrights (including Obie Award winner O'Hara), that is overall well acted and directed.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy a more experimental feel to your plays. While not the best writing, it makes for a thoughtful evening at the theatre.