INOLA’S VIEW of the Midtown International Theatre Festival Part V

REVIEWS BY INOLA M. MCGUIRE

MITF Short Play Lab Program A

1. Hesitation by David Getz, directed by Karen Getz, stared Karen Getz. The audience sees the performer on stage as she interacts with one of the employees on her NBA team. The bewildered owner shows her vulnerability and what she is made of to the audience.

2. Fat Chance by John Ladd, directed by Alaina Hammond; stared Aliana Hammond. The performer shares her world with the audience and she gives all of the reasons why she is who she is. Her story telling surely resonates with the audience as a conduit for its own reflection.

3. Repeat Offender by Arthur W. French III, directed by Arthur W. French III, stared Bianca Ambrosio, Yohanna Florentino, Catherine Sui, and Cherri Nelle Thompson.A chronic womanizer can’t help himself with the ladies. He gets caught by his wife, the mistress, another woman and another woman; and the audience sees how his maneuvering ways unfold in his face.

4. Lulu’s Dance by Rebekah Lynn Pierce, directed by Mariska Phillips; stared Ana Roman, Antwain Lewis, Kareer Marshall, and Sawandi Wilson. The audience sees Lulu at the bar and she receives free drinks from the bartender. A handsome gentleman enters the bar, Lulu approaches him and they share a dance and a brief conversation. The gentleman wants to leave, and Lulu wants him to stay. Lulu‘s frustration forces her to stab the man because he doesn’t know her name.

5. The Cookie Jar by Patti Veconi, directed by Haven Mitchell-Rose; stared Brannon Boswell, Alexa Fitzpatrick, and Emily Kugel.
The audience sees a pregnant wife and her husband on stage as they discuss family matters.

6. The Encapsulated Zone by Renee McNeil, directed by Renee McNeil, stared Robert Bryson, Cassiopia Coyne, Bradley Custer, and Monisha Shiva. In life, people have to be careful with the decisions they are forced to make at times of difficulty or comfort; and the audience scrutinizes the actors’ dilemma.

7. The Back Message by Ginger Reiter, directed by Ginger Reiter, stared Sheba Mason, Jennifer Yadav, Trevor Crane, and Ginger Reiter. The audience witnesses a teenager badgering her mother to buy her a vibrator for her birthday. She states that her friends have their own and she wants one, too. Grandma eavesdrops on their conversation, and she tells her granddaughter about the real facts of owning a vibrator and masturbation.

8. Heavenly Bodies Move in Space by Ran Xia, directed by Ran Xia, stared Carmen Scott and Douglas Robinson.
The audience sees two people on the floor and they communicate about long distance and the heavenly bodies.

MITF Short Play Lab Program A

1. Honey I’m Home by Micah Spayer, directed by Ben Gougeon; stared Micah Spayer, Concetta Rose, and Mark Ryan Anderson.
As the wife enters her home, the home telephone rings and she rushes to answer it immediately. She informs the caller of the goings-on during that day. By the time she listens to the caller’s message, she finds out that her father-in-law was in an accident. Her husband in a clown’s outfit and face decoration enters the room. She orders him to sit. Their telephone rings and the couple ignore it. She begins to speak and the ringing of the telephone interrupts their conversation. The husband rushes to the telephone and he answers it. The caller tells him some bad news. He and his wife continue their argument. She informs him about her on-going affair with another man. He seems not to get it although he questions her about who is the guy. An intruder enters their home and he disturbs the already fractured atmosphere in the couple home.

2. Family Photo by Nicole Soul, directed by Jullian Green, and stared Nicole Soul. The writer talks about her life in New York City and New Jersey, and the audience takes in every word of her performance. She elaborates on her visit with her mother in New Jersey. At a shopping area, the daughter takes a family photograph with her estranged parents. The unplanned rendezvous with her father forces her to capitalize on this exceptional moment. This split second response enables the audience to empathize with her on stage. She gets her message across to the audience, and it learns from this experience. The audience sees the family photo of the captured moment.

3. Another John by Aaron Zilbermann, directed by Aaron Zilbermann, stared Beatriz Naranjo and Eddie Layfield. A man tries to get a counseling session out of a prostitute instead of the normal services she provides her Johns. The audience gets its money worth of the irony of this state of affairs. The prostitute becomes overwhelmed and she wants no part of it. She has her own problems, too.

4. One Million by Veronica Marks, directed by Arden Dressner Levy; stared Caroline Loftus, Lillian Carver, Jennifer Loo, Michael Curry Jr., James P. Stanton, Shelley Hainer, Bleu Zephra Santiago, Ursula Jitta, and Plia Ravangpal. A teen-age girl gets a rude awakening at school because of her facial deformities. The school bullies make her life miserable. She prevails and the audience gets the writer’s message. Being different comes with a price for those affected with deformities. A high-school environment, a place of learning, serves as a training ground for bullying.

5. Disappear by Christopher Sirota, directed by Deter Meg; assistant director Mario Claudio; starred Sean McGrath and Alex Kidder. The audience is handed a clever surprise when they meet a man who is late for his own funeral. He wants to wear a special white shirt and he argues with his wife about it. The shirt is visible on an iron board with an iron next to it.

6. http://www.surveyhoney.com by Seth Freeman, directed by Virginia Hastings; stared Ray Bergen, Victoria Blankenship, and Tara Bruno. The audience becomes fascinated by an over-the-hill-gang couple whose intimate encounter allows the male to give responses about his level of sexual satisfaction. The female assists with her responses, too. It allows the audience to think and reflect about living well and loving longer.

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