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

Summer Shorts 2019: Series B NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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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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.

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

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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Theatre is Easy
August 3rd, 2019

"Not as overtly thematically linked as 'Series A,' but all seem to hone in on the personal conflicts that arise in close relationships… LaBute succeeds in tackling slave reparations in a manner that never becomes overly preachy or PC, while also offering insight into heterosexual male friendships."
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