Summer Shorts 2019: Series B
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Summer Shorts 2019: Series B

Summer Shorts 2019: Series B NYC Reviews and Tickets

(13 Reviews)
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

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 (13)

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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you like shorts, about 30 min each. Not as good as last two years, but enjoyable still.The shorts go bye quickly so if one is not oknext.

Don't see it if If you do not like short plays. Some are better than others.

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
Refreshing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if I liked all 3 plays, with a common theme of surface connections giving way to something deeper. You can’t get to the deeper level w/o risk.

Don't see it if I did not find the first play too slow (intense pauses) or the 2nd too light. The 3rd was the most topical w/sharp ideas. Read more

677 Reviews | 190 Followers
Great writing (labute), Provocative (appomattox), Trifling (providence), Dull (lucky)

See it if u want to see LaBute at his provocative, sardonic best in a well-acted, smartly-written, politically-charged, dramatically-tense seriocomedy

Don't see it if you're not willing to slog through two tedious, hollow sketches by White & Bleemer to get to LaBute's heady, challenging, worthwhile payoff. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Triptych on caring:One where a couple might re-connect.and another, a couple might disconnect,and then another, friends weigh cost of amends

Don't see it if This, Series B, contains the LaBute entry, and is slightly better than A, but overall, the 13th Summer Shorts Festival is an unlucky year.

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Great acting, Uneven

See it if you like one-act plays. They are wildly uneven. The first is tedious, the second slight. The Neil LaBute play makes the evening worthwhile.

Don't see it if you prefer full-evening plays with greater character development. Read more

251 Reviews | 23 Followers
Mixed, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a diverse set of shows that are all well acted and explore interesting concepts.

Don't see it if You don't mind the inconsistent quality of the shows.

187 Reviews | 53 Followers
Two good, one bad, A mixed bag, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like short one-acts of varying quality. 1st play is a slog, but the 2nd & 3rd are comedies with thematic focus + good writing & acting.

Don't see it if you prefer full-length plays and not a mixed bag of shorts. The last play takes on issues of race, so if that's not your bag, so be it.

96 Reviews | 21 Followers
Entertaining, Slow, Overrated, Uneven, Thought-provoking

See it if you like one acts and are looking for a varied evening of wildly different shows of varying quality.

Don't see it if you expect all terrific shows & like your plays fully realized. The first is excruciating, the 2nd fun & light &the third very interesting

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
August 4th, 2019

"In 3 Short Plays, the Art of Making Up and Breaking Up. The second program of 'Summer Shorts 2019,' at 59E59 Theaters, is a patchy evening including a contribution by Neil LaBute."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 5th, 2019

"The conclusion of war brings neither happiness nor peace in Lucky, Sharr White's tense and mysterious two-hander, which kicks off Series B of this festival of one-acts on a strong, satisfying note…[this is] a better-than-average edition of 'Summer Shorts,' a series that continues to display its vitality."
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New York Stage Review
August 4th, 2019

★★★ "'Neil LaBute Delivers a Typically Toxic Comedy.' A smart topical comedy outshines lesser works in an annual off-Broadway festival"
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Theater News Online
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 5th, 2019

"While the premises are interesting, all three plays are a bit too long and could use some cutting or rewriting. As always the acting in this long-running festival created by producing artistic director J.J. Kandel is superb despite the plays' deficiencies."
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Front Row Center
August 19th, 2019

70% "This year’s crop of 'Summer Shorts' is a ho-hum, hum drum sort of an evening. At 'Series B' the evening featured three plays, each with a solid core of an intriguing idea that was then dressed up with too many words and not enough action."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
August 18th, 2019

"Neither of the first two plays…succeeds in making you feel that what's happening really matters much…'Appomattox'…condenses the issue of…reparations into a dynamically tense, thoroughly dramatic, politically charged, and rhetorically informative experience."
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Off Off Online
August 5th, 2019

"The 'Summer Shorts Series B' showcases three plays that deal with the gulf that can separate people in relationships….The evening gets off to a shaky start, with the plodding Lucky…Bleemer's Providence [is] a humorous though melancholy look at a seemingly happy marriage…LaBute's gripping Appomattox concludes the evening."
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