Already closed | 1h 10m | Soho/Tribeca

American Fables

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever

About the show

An evening of five uniquely American short plays. More…

From the show:

Written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Eric Fallen, AMERICAN FABLES is an evening of five short tragicomic plays that explore the complexities of love, war and miscommunication. In Perfect Weather, a strange woman interrupts Jim’s meditative morning ritual in Central Park, and what begins with small talk about the weather devolves into a chilling interrogation. A small town library is the setting for Basic Plumbing, where a stand-off between an uptight librarian and the town crank shifts from library policy to matters of the heart. In The Fixer, after the FBI raids the office of a powerful lawyer, fixer Ben Gold arrives with his uniquely American brand of Trump-era damage control. Set in a prison cell in an unnamed authoritarian country, Paradise explores the relationship between an interrogator and his foreign subject as suspicion and cultural differences intersect with human desire. The evening concludes with Friendly Fire, the hard-hitting story of a grieving mother whose demands for the truth surrounding her son’s death in combat, result in a revelation that crushes her resolve and captures the chaotic realities of war.

1h 10m | Already closed | HERE Arts Center (Soho/Tribeca)

Member Reviews (13)


Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Clever, Surprising, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if 5 intense plays, each balanced on a knife edge, with a twist. Excellent dialog, acting & buildup of tension, with unexpected resolution.

Don't see it if You don’t like 15 minute plays. Bare bones black box production.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if 5 intriguing, well-acted shorts—most dealing w/ confrontation & concealment. Naturalistic dialogues. The Fixer is funny! Never a dull moment

Don't see it if you want to see a wide range of writing styles (same playwright wrote all 5). Overall tone is pretty dark.

Also What better way to spend an hour than seeing 5 equally well-written, w... Read more Read less

Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy collections of vignettes of different scenarios, common thought provoking theme well performed by changing cast combinations

Don't see it if you prefer longer, multi-act, larger cast, elaborate costumes and sets drama, comedy, or musicals, a single or intersecting characters/plots

Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Short and(not so)sweet these vignettes do a great job of developing character and telling a story within the limited constraints of the form

Don't see it if Small theater with metal seats is not for you, although it's a beautiful space. Acting and dialogue are excellent.

Also The cat and mouse graphic is appropriate in representing the unifying ... Read more Read less

Edgy, Low-budget charm, Indie theatre, Inconsistent material: highs + lows, Short plays with unconnected themes

See it if you support indie theatre & self-produced short dramas; superb acting by Tricia Alexandro & Irene Glezos; clever touches on a shoestring

Don't see it if you prefer elaborate productions; you dislike foul language esp when it's overdone; you want short plays to be linked thematically somehow

Also Uneven showcase of 5 shorties, the first three more engaging than the ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Fun, Entertaining

See it if If you like well acted, fast-paced, short one act plays.

Don't see it if If you like to see plays with elaborate sets and costumes.

Great acting, Clever

See it if You want a quick night of relatively insightful vignettes

Don't see it if You want to spend an evening with the same folks

Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like short scenes/acts that tell it all beautifully in a short time. If current American mood is of interest.

Don't see it if If you are looking for light entertainment, and you prefer a full length production with full sets and lighting and costumes.

Also I have caught a fair amount of the smaller downtown productions and th... Read more Read less

Relevant, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like topical material, a kaleidoscope of intense scenes, and a non-traditional theater setting

Don't see it if You like traditional plays in a traditional setting

Also Go to see two actresses that are in top form. They are worth the price... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like short plays. This is 5 plays in just over an hour. All of them fit perfectly into our paranoid, conspiracy-driven climate.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a meal. These are delicious little hors d'oeuvres that leave you wanting more.

Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love to hear a fresh voice in the theatre performed by a masterful ensemble of actors. Deft elegant direction. Smart uncanny writing.

Don't see it if You like long boring plays by that have been done to death.

During previews
Must see, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like short stories, great writing. The play consist of 5 short story, some actors were more powerful and delivered amazing acting

Don't see it if You don’t like minimal staging , small barebone theater, slang, violence bothers you.

During previews
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Really well written and acted short plays. Very interesting subjects and well staged. You won’t regret

Don't see it if If you don’t like plays or simple staging and sets then you probably won’t like this

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