Thursday, October 17, 2013
Starting Friday, the Future Tenant festival of 10-minute plays marks its tenth anniversary with eight of the best comedies in its archives, all work by local playwrights.
Given that the annual festival always includes at least a couple standouts, this best-of compilation should be a fun night.
Six of the plays are by just three playwrights. Gayle Pazerski contributes “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (about a pair of Civil War reenactors) and “When I Do the Hoochy Coochy in the Sky” (about a young couple, new to town, answering a personals ad).
From Robert Isenberg, there’s “Intermezzo” (about a couple coming to a relationship crossroads at the opera) and “Post-Script” (about an action-movie hero after the credits roll).
And Joe Lyons contributes “Purgatoriography” — about two unlikely companions in “a surprisingly boring afterlife” — and “The Unbearable Lightness of Eating,” concerning “the unsung heroes in the world of competitive eating.”
Arthur M. Jolly’s “Four Senses of Love” is about two people who’ve lost their senses of taste and touch. And Fred Betzner’s “12 Sided Die” is built around, you guessed it, a games of Dungeons and Dragons.
Future Ten 10 is produced by Betzker and Brad Stephenson. And the shows are directed by estimable local talent including John Lane, Don DiGiulio, Todd Betker and Joanna Lowe.
Future Ten takes place, as always, at Future Tenant gallery, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown.
The first show is at 8 p.m. Friday, with three more shows on Sat., Oct. 19, and Oct. 25 and 26. Tickets are $10.