A good play will keep you entertained long enough to put aside your troubles for an hour or two. A bad play, on the other hand, will leave you squirming in an uncomfortable, rickety, squeaky theater chair for what feels like a lifetime.
Thats why were thankful for Theatre Artists Studios 2011 Summer Shorts program. The show includes eight short plays, each lasting no longer than ten minutes, written and acted by studio members. This years selections, chosen from among twenty-two submissions, include Chocolate Soufflé, in which two friends divulge shocking secrets, and Debra Rich Gettlemans Salt, a titillating triangle between two strangers and a slice of pie.
Whats great about the shorts program is that it gives members who dont normally consider themselves writers the chance to stretch and learn creatively in a new area, says participating actress Julie Lee. Plus, if you dont care for one of their writing styles, youll get relief in less time than it would take you to sneak out of the theatre in-between scene changes.