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. More…
From the show:
By NANCY BLEEMER
On the eve of her sister-in-law's wedding, a woman returns to her husband's boyhood home. Tossing and turning next to him in his too-small single bed, they question love, marriage and why there are no all-night drug stores in Providence.
By NEIL LABUTE
It’s a perfect day in a big park near a big city and two friends get together for lunch and to play catch. Instead, they begin a discussion about life and history and soon find themselves in a conversational minefield from which they may never return.
By SHARR WHITE
What's the first thing you say after six years? Just on the outskirts of town, in room 11B of The Royale Motor Lodge, Phil Granger is stripping off his wet shirt as Meredith, his wife, is rushing through the rain towards him. Lucky is the moment they meet.
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.
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.
Also Really glad I saw these.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
See it if Neil LaBute's Appomattox is terrific--the clear stand-out of the Series B program. The writing, acting and directing are superb. LaBute's
Don't see it if mastery and talent are on fine display in this timely and edgy play about reparations. Sharr White's Lucky, about PTSD, is performed at such
See it if You're a Neil LaBute fan. His piece was extraordinary: timely, thought provoking, excellent performances.
Don't see it if You like tidy endings. All three pieces are open-ended, which can be grist for conversation with others who saw the pieces, or frustrating.
See it if You find short plays satisfying. 1st play-WWII vet unable to cope. 2nd-couple still wondering about being married. 3rd addresses racism.
Don't see it if You don't like short plays because they don't cover enough ground.
See it if Enjoyed Series A. Found these three plays more compelling than A particularly look at PTSD and a take on race relations and friendship.
Don't see it if Same reason as not to see A: No interest in three short plays, particularly ones where relationships and communication are among themes.