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The 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays

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1h 20m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

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. More…

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.

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

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

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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