Posted in Adam Green, Alex Breaux, Allison Dougherty, Cezar Williams, Eric Lane, Geoffrey Cantor, lossKnicks, Miriam Silverman, one act plays, Peter Jacobson, Roger Hedden, Shane Patrick Kearns, Summer Shorts, Warren Leight

Short, poignant and sweet: "Summer Shorts" Series A

“Sec. 310, Row D, Seats 5 and 6,” Warren Leight’s crowd-
pleasing one-acter in “Summer Shorts Series A” at
59E59 Theaters. Pictured Peter Jacobson and Geoffrey Cantor
in a photo by Carol Rosegg.

If brevity is the soul of wit, the short short play should prove the embodiment of that spirit.

Some do so with heart, some with humor, but all three of the “Summer Shorts: Series A,” at 59E59 Theaters through August 30th, are entertaining and interesting. Each in its own unique way.

The most pleasing of the lot is “Sec. 310, Row D, Seats 5 and 6,” Warren Leight’s ode to men and sportsfans. Three season ticket holders in Madison Square Garden nosebleed seats share the agonies of being Knick fans as their lives unfold over some twenty years. It’s a funny and well-played little drama. Geoffrey Cantor, Peter Jacobson, and Cezar Williams give nicely tuned performances under Fred Berner’s direction.

Alex Breaux and Shane Patrick Kearns in “The Sky and The Limit” by
Roger Hedden at “Summer Shorts Series A.” Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Did spirtuality or too much weed drive George (Shane Patrick Kearns) to jump off a cliff? This mesa was where he wanted to celebrate his marriage. Aldie (Alex Breaux) lives with the regret of cracking wise when he should have been attentive to his friend. Allison Daugherty rounds out the cast in Roger Hedden’s “The Sky and the Limit.” Under Billy Hopkins’ direction, this simple story simply told has depth and humanity.

Miriam Silverman and Adam Green in a scene from Eric Lane’s “The Riverbed.”
Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Filling the spaces of loss with a calm that belies their emotions, Adam (Adam Green) and Megan (Miriam Silverman) take turns retelling the story of the death of their daughter Lucy. Eric Lane’s “Riverbed” is about the consequences of one moment of inattention. Megan and Adam are nice people struggling to reconnect after their younger child drowns. It’s the unexpected in their story that makes this monologue come powerfully together.

For more information about “Summer Shorts,” please visit www.59e59.org.

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