Monday, June 19, 2017
review - NEW SUMMER SHORTS - Theatre Artists Studio
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)
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"At the end of every Season, the members of the creative collective known as Theatre Artists Studio put their muses to work and author, produce, direct, and act in a series of playlets. This year's installment...includes a mix of eight 10-15 minute plays, each of which has something to satisfy one's theatrical palate. Some amusing, some inspiring, some provocative, some whimsical ~ all together, a satisfying potpourri. Contemplation of one's place in time and space is at the heart of Joe Bardin's Look Up and Michael Fleck's Sun (When You Least Expect It). In Bardin's work, Noah Clark delivers a compelling performance as Terrence, an anxious teenager burdened by the apparent trifles that cause discord in his dysfunctional family. Gazing at the expansive universe, he seeks perspective and perhaps some solace as to what are matters of importance and what are not. For Michael Fleck's Daniel, life has happened and perspective is hard to come by. He has suffered the wounds of lost opportunities and a broken marriage. ...Terrence and Daniel occupy spots at polar ends of life's continuum. Debra Rich Gettleman is a keen observer of the human condition and social habits. Rose Colored Spectacles is her contribution to the festival. Karen Burns lights a fire to the playwright's script...Susan Sindelar, Carol Gibson, and Sarah Houghtelin Koerner take their turn at burning up the stage in Micki Shelton's offbeat Evolution Fast Track. ...A more somber tone prevails in Kirt Shineman's Lost and Found as a veteran of the war in Afghanistan (Jason Isaak) carries the weight of the troubles he's seen on his shoulders and in his mind. ...Silliness come wrapped in two volleys. Marney and Alan Austin's The Phoenix Coffin Club features Tom Koelbel as The Manager of a fully equipped do-it-yourself coffin-making club. A novel enterprise, no doubt! ...Andrea Markowitz takes a stab at political satire in The Emperor's New Nose. ...." - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)