Closed 2h 15m
2017 Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series C
Midtown W

2017 Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series C NYC Reviews and Tickets

(5 Reviews)
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing, Clever

About the Show

Ensemble Studio Theatre presents Series C of its 36th annual one-act play marathon, featuring 15 plays presented in three separate lineups. See Series A and Series B.

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Member Reviews (5)

Inconsistent, Great acting, Ambitious, Engaging

See it if you're willing to take the good with the half-baked. I particularly enjoyed "The Good Muslim" quite a bit but the pieces were uneven.

Don't see it if you're expecting high production value and high quality across the board. This is a cool, scrappy way to test out a bunch of new work.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy seeing one act plays in development, fine acting, minimal sets and a wide variety of themes. EST always comes through,

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one act plays which often are just short of fine tuning, but engage nevertheless. You need a full blown set, multiple acts Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

June 19th, 2017

“Zakiyyah Alexander’s piece tackles assimilation, racism and sexism. This would be a lot even for two acts, and at just under 30 minutes the play feels like the précis for a full length work rather than a self-contained effort…None of the four other plays in the series match ‘The Good Muslim’ in ambition, though Donald Marcus’s compact two-hander ‘Intensive Care’ succeeds by making the most out of economy.”
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June 18th, 2017

"Connect too many dots and it just seems as though you’re halfway to an underwhelming full-length treatment. Unfortunately, that is the case with Alexander’s wooden 'The Good Muslim'...'Female Beginner' has a political point to make, but it’s mired in melodrama; 'Santa Doesn’t Come to the Holiday Inn' verges on mawkish...'Intensive Care' serves as a model of emotionally loaded concision...'Good Results Are Difficult When Indifference Predominates' provides a rousing, hilarious end."
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June 20th, 2017

“‘Santa Doesn’t Come to the Holiday Inn’ is a slice of life moment with absolutely no point of view, and no action…There was no energy on stage…‘Intensive Care’ is a perfect little gem of a one-act play. Beautifully written, sensitively directed, with delicious acting by Grenier and Conger. ‘The Good Muslim’ is ambitious and overly complicated…The final one-act of the evening is as forced and unwieldy as its title, ‘Good Results Are Difficult When Indifference Predominates.”
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June 13th, 2017

“‘Series C’ did not disappoint. It’s a masterful playwright who can whisk you away, create an arc, and circle back to a satisfying conclusion all in one act, and each of the playwrights in this series manage to do just that…Scenes complete with detailed props change effortlessly and transform with professional precision. It is obvious that the richness of each production is aided by extremely skilled and talented lighting, scenic, props, technical, costume, and sound people.”
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