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37th Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series A

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing

About the show

Ensemble Studio Theatre presents Series A of its 37th annual one-act play marathon, featuring 15 plays presented in three separate lineups. See Series B and Series C. More…


"The Lepers" by Daniel Damiano 

"I'm So Sorry" by Amy Fox

"Tricycle Backflip" by Dan Giles 

"Rosie" by Lily Houghton 

"Low Power" by Jon Kern

2h 15m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (18)


Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing
Avg Score

Entertaining, Relevant, Well staged, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like short plays. Whole is greater than sum of parts: don't like one play, you get another. All well acted, well staged, and timely.

Don't see it if you dislike topics like MeToo, addictn, interracial love, arrested developmt. Ea play has interesting premise; some land better than others.

Well played, Smartly staged, Psychologically acute, Fun, Timely

See it if you are interested in seeing a program of timely, psychologically acute short plays.

Don't see it if you don't like the short play form.

Also Is there another theater organization in NYC as devoted to the short p... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Four decades in, EST's Marathon of shorts remains the theatreworld's best bargain box of buried treasures. Fifteen over three nights: A,B&C.

Don't see it if No star wattage this year. Series A, uneven?Sure. A little disappointing?Perhaps. Should you still try series B and C?Absolutely can't miss.

Ambitious, Uneven, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy the one-act play form. The first two plays are terrific, and then the evening starts to go downhill. Good acting and staging.

Don't see it if you enjoy quality one-act plays. Series A starts off well and then slides down the rabbit hole. The actors try to overcome their material.

Relevant, Confusing, Unfinished, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You need to be OK with seeing short scenes which in some cases feel unresolved. You really enjoy the concept of one Acts.

Don't see it if You are looking for fully fleshed out characters and themes. This feels like a work in progress for most of the 5 plays.

Flexible staging, Interesting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Series A is five short one-act plays, mostly about individuals and relationships in trouble.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-act plays where not everything is explained and tension is mostly left unresolved.

Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if 3 out of 5 are good, short vignettes. The funnier and more tongue-in-cheek plays excel. A really good time overall.

Don't see it if 2 out of 5 rambled and their more serious parts weren’t so successful.

Also “I'm Sorry” by Fox and "The Lepers" by Damiano were tops and work the ... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see 5 short one-acts with fine writing and acting that leave you wanting to longer versions

Don't see it if you are triggered by stories of rape, alcoholism, racism, or the abuse of asylum seekers.

Also Fang Du, fresh off his fine performance in Where is My Mapletown", sho... Read more Read less

A bit "uneven", Interesting, Relevant topics, Superb writing, Fine acting

See it if you like 1 act plays, are interested in current issues, enjoy good writing, acting & human interrelationships.

Don't see it if you dislike 1 act plays with serious themes that, at times, do not provide "depth" due to the structure of this abbreviated play format.

Others just sketches, Some too long, Mix comic/drama, Mixed bag, Relevant

See it if You like to support plays in progress.

Don't see it if You want fully developed concepts and polished productions.

Also Launching point for some lucky plays. If you’ve been before, you’ll re... Read more Read less

Why do est shows start so late?, Still, a worthy annual ritual, Saves best for last, Mostly untheatrical, Feels every bit a marathon

See it if you support their mission of presenting multiple nights of 1 acts.

Don't see it if you believe they should do fewer nights of short plays when the year's crop isn't, like this year, up to par.

Uneven, Quirky, Relevant, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy taking a chance in new works, some if which succeed better than others.

Don't see it if You are not game for theater in development.

Timely, funny and serious

See it if you enjoy lots of ideas packed into short acts, and enjoy laughing and thinking and feeling all in a short time

Don't see it if you want serious character development or elaborate plots

Also As always, EST's one act marathons are well chosen, well acted and dir... Read more Read less

Uneven, contemporary, one acts

See it if You will enjoy five one act plays, several of which address contemporary issues (interracial dating, date rape, Me Too).

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing new one-act plays of uneven quality.

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a diverse line-up smart-minded short plays.

Don't see it if Some of the plays aren't as well-developed, sometimes even meandering, as if a scene from a longer play.

Also The highlight for me was "The Lepers", a funny, very human and moving ... Read more Read less

What could be better than five one-act plays?

See it if I love the EST Marathon, I’ve been going for years. Always gems on the bill, and if you don’t like a play it will be over soon.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to see this.

When it was good it was very good...

See it if Two of the plays are knockouts--well-written, acted, directed: Rosie by Lily Houghton, who scored Danya Taymor as director and Tricycle

Don't see it if Backflip by Dan Giles, crisply directed by Matt Dickson. Amy Fox's I'm Sorry is cleverly conceived and has its moments but the start is

Also stronger than the finish. The other two plays didn't land for me--both... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like a great collection of plays by a talented group of artists. A nice mix of content and each piece feels well done and well curated

Don't see it if you want to see a full length play!

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