Leave ’em wanting more….?
In Summer Shorts Series B, at 59E59 through August 29th, Pete’s (Alfredo Narcisco) depression in Lucy Thurber’s Unstuck is a highlight. Unstuck is the most animated of the three pieces presented. Kudos to Lauren Blumenfeld whose Jackie is an utterly inept tap dancer: we know how hard it is to pull that off. Rounding out the cast are KK Moggie as Pete’s patient love interest, Deirdre, and Carmen Zilles as his narcissitic friend Sara.
Stella Fawn Ragsdale’s Love Letters To A Dictator, unfortunately, and despite Colby Minifie’s best efforts at this performance, left me depressed. The humor of Ragdale’s “letters” did not cheer.
Robert O’Hara’s Built seems to argue, correctly, that Stockholm syndrome engulfs the victim and the victimizer. The piece is shocking and bland at once.
Built is compact and tightly written, and under Mr. O’Hara’s direction both leads in this two-hander, Justin Bernegger and Merritt Janson hold our interest throughout.
Series B is in rep with Series A, in which the Matthew Lopez playlet, The Sentinels, is a real standout. Series A also features the amusing 10K by Neil LaBute. Despite its short-comings, the combined festival of short plays offers enough to make it all worth the trip to 59E59.
For more information and tickets for Summer Shorts, please visit 59e59.org.