Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

About the show

MBL Productions presents an evening of six short plays from playwright Jennifer Jasper. 

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A boxed-set of six quirky stories nestled into one evening. Seven words map the course of a young couple’s life. A young woman is on a perpetual quest to move forward with the help of her butler. A mother discovers parenting is an obstacle course in the modern age. Three generations of women find a common voice. Chloe and Essie remember. Passengers await their final destination. 'Pressing Matters' wastes no words as Jasper weaves tales in her own humorous and heartfelt storytelling style.

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Theatre's Leiter Side

“Like almost all the other short play programs I've seen over the past five years, Jasper's has moments of interest but, on the whole, is seriously flawed…Whatever hidden virtues might be dormant in Jasper's plays, director Adrienne Campbell-Holt hasn't revealed them in her plodding, low-energy, borderline amateurish staging. The performances only rarely rise above the mundane, and, with not much to praise about the production values, it's best not to say anything about them at all.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Every one of these plays is good or interesting in its own right, even if Jasper never quite brings them together to form any sort of grand thesis. The stories are all fairly distinct, and while they are mostly in the same thematic ballpark, they lack a certain specificity and focus that would make 'Pressing Matters' really cohesive...Everyone has at least one standout performance...On the whole, 'Pressing Matters' is an interesting evening, with six stories that are each uniquely compelling." Full Review

Manhattan With a Twist

"This kind of production has a way of having a ratio of hit and misses that ends up hurting the overall product, but the work here is more hit than miss...Jasper’s writing is fun without losing its poignancy and Campbell-Holt knows exactly what to do with it...A dream team of thespians on stage, this is all wrapped together with a nice bow by the excellent designers. An evening curated for our delight, it gives us more than we bargained for, and we should be all the more happy for it." Full Review

The Knockturnal

"The actors portray such real emotion while on stage; it will leave the audience entranced in joy, in sadness, and in awe...Nothing has ever been more in tune with real life and its many struggles. Yet nothing has portrayed the joy and laughter that is so indicative of living and its unceasing displays of irony. 'Pressing Matters' is a play that will leave its audience feeling as though they are watching the many colorful and wondrous moments of their own lives." Full Review

Used York City

"The stories cover a range of heavy subject matter, from mental illness to incest to other—baggage. Contrary to what you might expect, however, Jasper covers each of these topics in a manner that is witty and—well, funny—more than anything else. Not in a way that makes light of anything though—just in a way that is incredibly smart...But I should step back from the brilliant writing for a second and also acknowledge the acting, because it too was amazing." Full Review

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Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are open to many forms of love and relationship. Enjoy the variety of 6 plays.

Don't see it if You expect to love all 6 plays. You expect the same style.

Funny, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You'd like 6 edgy/funny vignettes - loved the one about the airline and several others

Don't see it if The vignette right after intermission really dragged & was quite boring, but all the others were fun!

Clever, Intense, Confusing, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you like shorts that are very varied in quality.

Don't see it if if you need a strong consistency of good writing.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like the idea of 6 unique, short plays, focusing on women, & don't need intricate sets or epic stories to enjoy a trip to the theater.

Don't see it if you judge shows on their sets, costumes, etc. This isn't for people that seek a flashy musical, or memorable drama. It's good, but neither.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like short plays that make you think. The acting was well done and the plays were quirky and entertaining.

Don't see it if You like a grand production or you can’t sit still when there are moderately long pauses between plays.

Needs debra messing

See it if You enjoy a grab bag, pot luck evening of theater.

Don't see it if You need sustained quality. Some ideas are simply failures, and that's okay.

Also First and last are best. Board of play listings a totally indulgent an... Read more Read less

Better than i thought

See it if you want to see 6 one acts that are pretty balanced across the board

Don't see it if you want to see a straight regular play. You need to be able to think quick because some of them are short and they move right on

Also I disagree with most of the reviews on here. While I don't think any o... Read more Read less

Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like short plays on different topics from different, less-heard-from points of view. You can tolerate some unevenness in pacing.

Don't see it if You are looking for one, long, cohesive piece with a beginning, middle and end.

Intelligent, Quirky, Interesting, Entertaining

See it if Six quick plays loosely related to each other that have some interesting moments are enough to keep you entertained.

Don't see it if You don't like short plays that don't have fancy sets.

Two of the six plays are quite good

See it if you are interested in women's issues

Don't see it if you are not prepared for uneven quality

Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy a series of 6 short plays about problems with love; you like trying to figure out where the storyline is going

Don't see it if you'd rather see a longer play with a real plot. you don't enjoy plays that jump back and forth in time,

Also A couple of the skits had a story that you could follow, but for the m... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if my 75 partners 85 6 shorts skits. some very clever. one or two obtuse.. some good acting. thought provoking

Don't see it if no need for the intermission Use of vaudeville signage not needeed as unable to view from many seats

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some short plays that sort of sneak up on you with their relevance. They seem rather light and trite at first glance.Not so.

Don't see it if You're unwilling to give these little thinkers a chance.

Quirky, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if you'd like to support a new emerging playwright's efforts; you think you'd enjoy six short plays, some of which have overlapping characters

Don't see it if you aren't willing to sit through some seriously BAD plays to see a couple of above average ones.

Also This was six short plays, billed as showing different aspects of love.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like to see plays that make you think. They have stayed in my mind & I keep thinking about them.Very touching & funny.Acting is 1st rate

Don't see it if you need shows that spell out every little detail.These shift in time & place.I had no trouble following it,but you do have to pay attention

Cliched, Slow, Ordinary

See it if You enjoy a slow-paced, ordinary show of One Acts!

Don't see it if You're looking for an exciting, thought-provoking Play!

Funny, Delightful, Great writing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like short plays. You want to see some interesting performances that might be a bit slow at times but well performed.

Don't see it if You need elaborate productions. You don't like short plays.

Disappointing, Slow, Dull

See it if You like Jenn Harris...she is wonderful.

Don't see it if Amateurish writing, several short playlets, all forgettable.

Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if you can appreciate good acting and some interesting vignettes despite a less than professional presentation.

Don't see it if you didn't like talent night at camp.

Also During the performance, props were pushed on and off stage. While we s... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Slow, Cute, Fluffy

See it if You like small vignettes on life from a promising playwright.

Don't see it if You want clear, cohesive plot lines.

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Disappointing, Decent acting

See it if You want to support new work & enjoy short plays w/some interesting and creative ideas that don't always work.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a high quality production. This seemed very amateurish and was only mildly entertaining

Intelligent, Disappointing, Unfocused, Good acting

See it if You are interested in the work of a playwright who shows promise but isn't there yet. Good acting is enough for you.

Don't see it if You are seeking something fresh and original.

Also The plays are a mixed bag from an interesting futuristic monologue to ... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You like short plays

Don't see it if you don't like short plays w/straight acting

Ambitious, Quirky, Banal, Disappointing, Bland

See it if You can stay for the last two plays after intermission

Don't see it if Substance is what you expect. It's lacking.

Banal, Disappointing, Not-ready-for-theatre-row

See it if Clearly the producers made an effort to combine stories w/ jumps in time, but afraid none of these tales or characters resonated with me....

Don't see it if At least not prior to intermission when I left.

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