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posted Friday, June 14, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 24
Have time for a quickie? - Live Girls! Theater's annual festival of short plays offers many delights
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Have time for a quickie? - Live Girls! Theater's annual festival of short plays offers many delights

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

QUICKIES: VOLUME 14
LIVE GIRLS! THEATER
(at Theatre Off Jackson)
Through June 15


It's time for the 14th edition of Quickies by Live Girls! Theater, an annual celebration of short plays by women. Co-produced by Theatre Off Jackson, one of the fun aspects of how Live Girls! produces its shorts is the stylized music, dance, and silliness by the actors during set changes. This time, the event is kicked off by Live Girls! 'flight attendants' Kasey Harrison and Mariko Kita, who show off lovely singing voices as well.

The first piece is Leap by Joy McCullough Carranza, who has three youngsters - Will, Sam, and Virginia - imagining what they need to do to cross a river and building imaginary contraptions. Plenty of hints point to the idea that the children are actually famous writers who desire to be remembered by history.

Honey Moon by Becky Bruhn focuses on Carrie and her husband meeting Carrie's sister Beth's fiancé, Marty, for the first time. The big problem, aside from the fact that Beth and Marty don't seem all that compatible, is that Carrie's husband is invisible.

#Sandy by Jennifer Maisel takes place in the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy, when people had to wait in long and sometimes fruitless lines for gas and other supplies. Allie Pratt and Michael Stock play a couple who, stranded in line in their car, have a layered and easily identifiable relationship conversation. This was easily the best piece of the night and leaves one wanting to see a longer version of this couple interacting.

The Game of Life by Amy Zipperer is an enigmatic reverie with a couple in primary color wigs and outlandish clothing, driving around a life-sized game board. They have a fundamental disagreement when they discover that they might be nearing the 'end.' What is the end of the game? What if there is nothing after? Let's just stay here. It's silly, but clearly points to something deeper.

Planet X by Victoria Stewart is another successful piece about people who obsess over the fact that some planet is going to hit and destroy the Earth some day, sometimes with specific doomsday dates attached. Julia Beers, as Jean, details to her girlfriend, Lisa (Sydney Tucker), why she has come to appreciate husband Jim's (Zach Adair) obsession with Planet X and the multiple times they have gone into their bomb shelter to wait for the world's destruction. Stewart's dialogue is surprising and heartwarming, the best kind of writing.

i am the girl with the spun gold hair by Jenny Lane is essentially a piece of poetry, as two electronically powered creatures struggle to find enough batteries to recharge their lives, and attempt to remember that they were once, apparently, human.

The evening ends with Little Mishmash by Gillian Jorgensen. This is a mini-musical and a kind of children's story in which Collector (Zoey Cane Belyea) gathers dreams into jars and lets them gestate until it is time to release them. Musician (Mariko Kita) gets a little anxious and asks for a dream to be released before it's quite ready.

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