Friday, June 08, 2007

EST Marathon of One Act Plays: Series A

Series A of the 2007 EST Marathon of One Act Plays includes three excellent plays: Things We Said Today by Neil LaBute, The First Tree in Antarctica by Julia Cho and The Probabilities by Wendy MacLeod. The Neil LaBute play, probably the highest profile play on the program, meets it's high expectations and Victor Slezak and especially Dana Delany are outstanding under Andrew McCarthy's subtle but effective direction. Wendy MacLeod's monologue, The Probabilities – extolling the social and existential importance of the weatherman – is a delight and funny and thoughtful as performed by Bruce MacVittie. My personal favorite of the plays, The First Tree in Antarctica, by Julia Cho, is made all the better by the performance of its lead, Michi Barall. Of the other two plays, The News is fine but not great and The Dog Heart is just a dog, but at $20 a ticket a visit to EST is worth the time and money.

Spotted at the Show: Lois Smith

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