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Summer Shorts 2019: Series A
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Summer Shorts 2019: Series A NYC Reviews and Tickets

67%
(15 Reviews)
Positive
53%
Mixed
40%
Negative
7%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intelligent, Great acting, Indulgent

About the Show

This annual festival of new American short plays returns to 59E59 for its 13th consecutive year. The festival's two series consist of three plays each.

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Member Reviews (15)

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75
Absorbing (here i lie), Poignant (bridge play), Disappointing (interior)

See it if you want to see 3 loosely connected 1-acts about our obsession with death/illness/suicide, all well-acted & well-staged with mixed results.

Don't see it if ur looking for a full-length narrative or some lite summer fare. [Despite the death theme, it's still an engrossing & entertaining 90 min.]

70
Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating

See it if On-death-and-dying triptych. Some bad news conveyed, then an attempted leap, and then, a couple addicted to feeling ill sing "Take On Me."

Don't see it if That rarity in an evening of shorts--All are duds. Or as they put it:"Something marches inexorably toward us." Exactly that.

Critic Reviews (8)

July 30th, 2019

"At This Theater Festival, Death Crouches in the Wings. Bereavement and self-destruction stalk the plays in Series A of this year’s 'Summer Shorts Festival' in New York."
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July 31st, 2019

"'SUMMER SHORTS' at 59E59 Theaters is an Engaging Seasonal Theatrical Event."
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July 30th, 2019

"A double helix of mendacity and malice; the kind of people one crosses the street to avoid, they would fit comfortably in nearly any novel by Ruth Rendell. Thanks to Baron's icily precise writing and a couple of first-rate performances by fresh faces, Here I Lie makes these human train wrecks seem oddly seductive."
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August 4th, 2019

"Saving the best - and most controversial - for last, the provocative Neil LaBute once again stirs the pot with 'Appomatox.'"
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August 3rd, 2019

"Series A of this year's 'Summer Shorts' is unified around the theme of death and dying and how it affects the living. Lest you think that this sounds morbid, the three provocative one-act plays that make up this first program are so beautifully handled that this is a superior theatrical evening."
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August 3rd, 2019

"Darker than usual for 'Summer Shorts,' all three plays in 'Series A' tackle suicide and illness…the standout by far is Courtney Baron's attention-grabbing Here I Lie…By exploring the motives of two woefully misguided...people, Baron creates immensely compelling writing."
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July 28th, 2019

"Although the theme of death that threads through each play might seem incongruous with the sunny days of summer, this memento mori triptych does offer something better than sunshine: a penetrating gaze into the human condition from three different authors."
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August 17th, 2019

"The results are a decidedly jumbled bag…Each deals in some way with suicide (possible, potential, and planned), but little else connects them…[In 'Here I Lie'] even the implausible comes to seem plausible and you appreciate the conviction with which such mendacity can hold your interest."
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