Theater review: An Evening of One-Act Plays
The Ridgefield Theater Barn’s production of An Evening of One-Act Plays provides comedic appeal with humorous one-act performances that range from witty shorts to whirlwind displays of hilarious coordination.
With a simple set design, and a primary focus on the performances and collaboration of its actors, One-Act Plays is able to provide a variety of comedic performances. From Pat O’Neill’s dazzlingly intricate and charming The Erythrosine Ballad to Carol Mark’s engaging production of the The Other Other Man, many of the performances leave the audience both delighted and wishing for more. Nonetheless, prospective theatergoers are sure to find enjoyment in the relatable characters of Flori Doyle’s production of The Great Thing About Me, the fanciful scenarios of Scott Mullen’s My Scale Is Lying to Me, and the skilled coordination of Nick Kaye’s production of Double Date.
At the same time, the talented writing of many of these one-act performances, and their deft production, could have drawn the admiration and laughter of their audience only through the work of their actors. Larry Greeley’s physicality and timing adds much to his roles as Stan and Don, with subtle displays adding humor to each. Chris Ceponis draws many laughs in his bombastic portrayal of Fred. In addition, Kay Ullman, Geri Travis, and Elaine Reidy each add a touch of wit to their portrayal of Wanda, Shelly, and Cindy, respectively. Further, Matthieu Regney as Paul, Donna White as Joan, Stefanie Rosenberg as Randy, and Nick Kaye as Michael collaborate beautifully in their production of Double Date, with the actors embodying their comical roles to the delight of their audience. In turn, the collaborative work of John Freyer as Sam and Chhanda Som as Mary is nothing short of phenomenal, with their seamless portrayal and uproarious production of The Erythrosine Ballad.