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One-Minute Play Festival 2015

a Short Play Festival
by various playwrights

COMPANY : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 4738

SHOWING : June 07, 2015 - June 09, 2015



The One-Minute Play Festival returns to Atlanta for the fourth year!

The One­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by Margaret Baldwin, Amber Bradshaw, Nick Boretz, Lisa Brathwaite, Steve Brown, Greg Carraway, Paris Crayton III, Jessica De Maria, Ralph Del Rosario, Paul Donnelly, Johnny Drago, Morgan Eckhart-McGowen, Suehyla el-Attar, Edith Freni, Doug Graham, Neeley Gossett, Peter Hardy, Annie Harrison, Michael Henry Harris, Megan Hayes, Patricia Henritze, Matt Horgan, Karla Jennings, Nicole Kemper, Hank Kimmel, Hilary King, Jake Krakvosky, Grant McGowen, Armina S. McIntyre, Laura Meyers, Penny Mickelbury, Patrick Morgan, Tuwanda Muhammad, Matt Myers, Jill Patrick, Theroun Patterson, Topher Payne, Jordan Pulliam, Mike Schatz, Terry Segal, Robin Seidman, Travis Sharp, Marki Shalloe, Mia Kristin Smith, Sherri Sutton, Pamela Turner, Steve Yockey, Pat Young, & Jacob York

Directed by Ricardo Aponte, James Donadio, Shannon Eubanks, Michael Harrison, Janna Haywood, Elin Rose Hill, Jaclyn Hoffman, Pam Joyce, Grant McGowen, Ellen McQueen, Topher Payne, & A. Julian Verner

Curated by Dominic D’Andrea

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A Modicum of Tedium
by playgoer
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Throwing together a bunch of one-minute plays for a full evening of theatre is a little like setting out multiple variations of the same three appetizers and saying "okay, that’s your meal." The variety tends to boil down to more and more of the same. There are the playlets that consist of set-up and a punchline. There are playlets that consist of set-up, with no readily comprehended payoff. And there are playlets that attempt to show off the cleverness of the playwright, usually failing miserably.

The performance space is the set for "The Whale," stripped of all furniture. In its place are a group of matching chairs, used in a variety of configurations. Eleven "clumps" of playlets make up the evening, with a clump consisting of seven to nine playlets. Each clump has a single director and an ensemble of six to nine actors. The clumping tends to work well, with action flowing smoothly and the interplay of actors keeping up an often giddy pace, even through most of the clunkers. But don’t worry! If you run across a piece you particularly like, it will soon be over, replaced by one that doesn’t speak to you at all.

The material is spread a little thin across actors, with some not given much of a chance to shine. Of the performances I saw, I was most impressed by the work of Matt Felten, Davin Grindstaff, Nancy Powell, and Tiffany Denise Mitchenor. Nobody did noticeably bad work. I didn’t detect much difference in the direction of the clumps; all were entertaining, but it all tended to blur together. If I had to pick my favorite clump, it would probably be clump 5, directed by Ellen McQueen. There was a greater variety of blocking and of emotions in that clump than in most.

Most of the playlets aim either for a comic effect or to present a specific viewpoint about a specific issue. The takeaway is usually "gee, that’s clever," "oh, that makes me think I should have an opinon about this issue," or "huh?" The one that struck me most as having a unique tone was Jacob York’s "Bedtime." Its tone of menace differs from the lighter touch present in most of the other works. But it’s not a single work that stands out; it’s the variety and the overall effect of throwing masses of actors and directors at a wide selection of material that provides the entertainment. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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