note: entire contents copyright 2008 by Beverly Creasey
CentAstage taps into a wealth of local talent with its delicious presentation of eight short micro-dramas called PLAYS ON TAP( being served up at the BCA through March 1st). Each of the 10-minute plays packs a palpable punch---and each takes place in a bar or restaurant.
Patrick Gabridge (LIES, LIES, LIES) could start a lucrative dating service with his cheeky ideas for making a lasting first impression, as could Karla Sorenson (THE WATERING HOLE) with her clever caveat on what NOT to do. Monica Raymond’s outrageous NOVICES, too, spoofs romantic internet connections and their precarious boundaries.
George Sauer’s naughty CRAB LEGS is a comic riff on how easily history might have been altered, by something as trivial as, say, fast food. Andrew Clarke’s BREAKFAST WITH HARVEY will make you wonder just who’s in charge, in the scheme (and scheming) of things. IDWYT is George Smart’s hilarious take on “give-and-take” and not so high stakes.
Susan Leonard’s little gem (BREAK) opens up a whole world about families and memories in just ten short minutes and Joe Byers’ THE JUNIOR BANANA-BOAT FREE-BALLOON SPECIAL about needy children and adults will give you the chills.