One-Acts by Woody Allen, Elaine May and Ethan Coen
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Award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Gunderson's latest heartfelt and witty romantic comedy revolves around the smoldering chemistry between a headstrong young woman and a guy she meets while working at her father's fireworks shop. But their budding relationship is threatened when a bomb goes off in town, lighting the fuse on a powder keg of tension between the two. Lauren Gunderson won the 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her hit show I and You. Fire Work is presented by TheatreFIRST, producers of this spring's popular Escanaba in da Moonlight. Learn More
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Featured review from the reflective viewerRed Velvet
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Low Expectations - High Results
I was anticipating dated sitcom style humor with a 50's skit tinge performed badly as comedy often is by community groups. Why go despite a bad review in the East Bay? Guess I don't like myself.
What I got was first rate one liner style humor delivered with high skill and some pretty darn good writing. Coen's Talking Cure had the sharpest wit, not dated and point by point on target though the story itself was not strong. The late E. May's work was funny in a ditzy humor sort of way making life look like something we have very little control over and applying values makes little sense. The surprise was Woody Allen. Not the content. This was classic Neil Simon Mel Brooks Woody Allen 50's humor....except it was not 50's, it was written in the last couple of years and answers the question we all have asked "has he just lost the ability to be funny that way anymore?". The answer is a clear "NO". I guess he just does not feel it need to be on film. And he is right. This was community theater farce, comedy of errors or misfits stuff with a few set up lines and cliches that made me groan but the friendlier audience guffaw. The entire night was fast paced funny a throwback to another time....and surprisingly....worthy of reflection afterward. Not such dumb stuff after all. Recommended....even if you like yourself.
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Overall, a pleasant night out in North Berkeley with some good laughs.
I enjoyed some of the writing very much, particularly Ethan Coen's. The performances were earnest and sincere, but mostly not all that believable; only one actor really rose...continued