Fifteen Minutes or Less

The short plays composing the 2013 edition of Summer Shorts ask all the hard questions: How do you handle a ridiculously offensive anti-gay bigot? What happens to a teacher if he loses his passion? What do you do if you’re riding a subway and get stuck in the middle of two gay dolphins having a lovers’ quarrel? And those are only examples of plays that have previously been produced; Summer Shorts will feature seven brand-new works and five more-established plays, most of them comedies, and each of them running about 15 minutes or fewer. It’s like Saturday Night Live, only funny. In addition to the three aforementioned scenarios, Sheri Wilner’s A Tall Order symbolically analyzes male-female relationships through the food we order at restaurants, and in Leslie Ayvazian’s The Favor, a childhood photograph of a woman’s mother leads the daughter to make an unusual request. As for enticingly titled world premieres such as iZombie, Bite Me, and Mothra vs. the Casting Agent: An Allegory, there’s no telling what to expect, and that makes it all the more fun.
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: June 6. Continues through June 30, 2013

 
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