Wednesday July 30, 2014 / 7:30pmAn Evening of One Acts
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How was your experience?
Nice idea to do 3 one-act plays by authors with well-known names. The problem is they are secondary works. Woody Allen's Riverside Drive is the strongest of the three plays. Chris Ensweiler's debut as Woody Allen is a challenge not quite met because Woody Allen's character is so well known. That leaves little choice for an actor but to clone Mr. Allen. Eric Anderson play the Allen alter ego Fred and adds to the challenge by commanding the role and the stage. Patter for the Floating Lady is a trifle from Steve Martin where the insightful moments needed better separation from the fluff both in the script and the direction. Steve Martin uses insight mixed with his comedy whether he is doing standup, a film, or in his plays. This was not one of his better efforts. Finally Sam Shephard's the Unseen Hand is a flight of fancy and fantasy that made me wonder if it wasn;t one of those indulgences where a friend might have suggested to the author that he try again. There are ideas here but Mr. Shepard's skill as a playwright gets in the way. Mr. Shepard knows theatre and in using it maxed with as many elements as he squeezes into this one-act, he confuses more than he enlightens. A soup mix that speaks to the skill of the chef but ends up being so complex the palette is overwhelmed.