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The 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays

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Ensemble Studio Theatre's 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays features fourteen plays by fifteen playwrights presented in three separate evenings from May 13th through June 27th.

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From a science lab in Siberia to the red-light district in 18th century Japan to a taxi in Manhattan to a police station in Kenya, the 14 plays in this year’s Marathon take our audience on a series of surprising adventures. This diverse and eclectic mix of plays - including a musical, a dance piece, and a nod to Kabuki - combines traditional and experimental forms in ways that are moving, entertaining, challenging, and fun.


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Stage Buddy

"Running for 35 years, it's plain to see why the Marathon has such great legs: if variety is the spice of life, EST's given us a spice rack that seasons to taste. Quality and curation is the theme...If this first series is any indication of Marathon nights to come, it's worth the 3-Series Pass offered by EST. It's a piquant potpourri that'll keep everyone satisfied and, rare these days, wowed." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"Evenings such as these are necessarily uneven, but Series A has more than its share of nice surprises. If the B and C Series in the Marathon are as consistent as this, audiences will be leaving the theatre thoroughly satisfied." Full Review

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The New York Times

"In just two hours, Series A of the Ensemble Studio Theater’s '35th Marathon of One-Act Plays' races from Manhattan to Brooklyn, from a port town in Kenya to the capital of Idaho, from the 1950s to right now. A collection of short works, most Ensemble regulars, this speed-trial evening emphasizes how difficult it is for theater artists to work in miniature and how satisfying when they succeed." Full Review


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