"East Side Stories, Back Again" is the 14th collection of new, short works based on the rich history and eclectic character of New York’s East Village and Lower East Side. More…
This year's featured plays are:
"Counting Pedestals" by Carlos Jerome
A community college student, focused on survival after a bid in prison, finds an unlikely bond with his mathematics professor.
"Iriomote"by Arlene Jaffe
An eco-tour guide faces off against an arrogant resort developer determined to turn the natural paradise of Iriomote Island into a capitalist utopia not unlike the East Village.
"The Poor Door" by Leonard Goodisman
Two women meet in an entrance hall, each insulted that the other is there, and find they have more in common than they expected.
"Ray's Candy Store" by Rachael Carnes
An aspiring actress, finding life in the city more difficult than she expected, meets a bona fide New Yorker: owner of the (truly) famous Ray's Candy Store who offers her a new perspective, and an egg cream.
See it if Gentrification & sacrificing flora & fauna for progress.Second half, a math prof sacrifices for parolee student.Then egg creams & suicide.
Don't see it if Four shorts in seventy-five minutes divided by fifteen-minute intermission on a grey rotatating set.Where the writing fails,the acting wins.
Also "Each one of us is an occurrence of a zero probability event."
See it if you appreciate four different, short, one-act plays that are well-acted and creatively staged.
Don't see it if you only enjoy a big production rather than a small, intimate theater experience.