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Summer Shorts 2013, Series A

Archived Show

Overview

Produced by:
Throughline Artists
Dates:
July 19 - August 30, 2013
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
Theater:
Showing in Theater

Show Info

Good Luck (in Farsi)
Written and Directed by Neil LaBute
Featuring Gia Crovatin and Elizabeth Masucci with Molly Logan Chase

About a Woman Named Sarah by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Eric Hoff
Featuring Marisa Viola, Mark Elliot Wilson, Stephanie Cannon, Ben Vigus

Breaking the Spell by Tina Howe
Directed by Birgitta Victorson
Featuring Michael Countryman, Crystal Finn, Evan Shinners, Jesse Scheinin 

 

This acclaimed series of new American one-act plays from some of the country’s top playwrights returns for a seventh season! The New York Times calls Summer Shorts ‘shamelessly clever and deeply satisfying!’

 

Click Here to view photos from the Summer Shorts (2013) set.


Reviews

 "The real incentive is Howe's bright silliness, as she spins on the Sleeping Beauty evergreen with little more in mind than to entertain. It's directed for maximize fun by Birgitta Victorson and played with tipsy élan." - David Finkle, Huffpost 

"The first one-act in this annual series is “Good Luck (in Farsi),” written and directed by Neil LaBute. Elizabeth Masucci and Gia Crovatin play two actresses waiting to be called in to audition for a TV series. There’s pungent comedy as the rivals spread the insincerity as thickly as their makeup, but it’s also a study in treachery and the balance of power. “About a Woman Named Sarah,” written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Eric Hoff, is a sharp, staccato feat of imagination in which four principals involved in the choosing of a Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008 somehow manage to render Sarah Palin as a sympathetic character. Tina Howe’s “Breaking the Spell,” directed by Birgitta Victorson, is an entertaining mash-up of “Sleeping Beauty,” Ionesco, and Beckett. Though it suffers from a flabby, unfocussed ending, the actors are all fine." - The New Yorker

"Playwright Neil LaBute has an ear for the rhythm of language that is similar only to David Mamet. While Mametʼs tempo is often meant to spit, swear and dominate, however, LaBute (here) formulates more subtle variation of character and emotion. Known for misogyny, he represents the characters in Good Luck with accuracy and fairness, though choosing less appealing attributes to portray. This is a deft and clever two-hander."  - Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town