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Heart Throbs: 9 Short Plays About Love

a 10-Minute Plays
by Kimmel, Fisher, Linsey, Crawford, LeVine, Del Rosiario, Pond, and Mansfield

COMPANY : Academy Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Academy Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4417

SHOWING : February 02, 2013 - February 17, 2013



Academy Theatre & Lion Heart Theatre Present a Flying Cat Production of Heart Throbs: 9 Short Plays About Love!

From the pick up to consumation, the shows explore how hard it is to get together and stay together.

Cast David Fisher
Director Judith Beasley
Director Tanya G Caldwell
Director Robert Drake
Director Weldon Durham
Director Betty Mitchell
Director Tom Thon
Stage Manager Jim Walsh
Cast Matt Calvo
Cast Leigh-Ann Campbell
Carl James Connor
Cast Portia Cue
Cast Michael Filisky
Cast Jared Foust
Man Michael Mario Good
Cast Candace Mabry
Gloria Whittney Millsap
Samir Isaac Moran
Anna Cat Roche
Cast Olubajo Sonubi
Cast Emily Tyrybon
Jessica Jacquelyn Wyer
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Not Quite
by playgoer
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The nine short plays making up "Heart Throbs" are of generally good quality and are generally well directed and performed. None of them really catch fire, though, with two-character plays often pairing one fully realized performance with another that seems marginally stagey or amateurish. Many of the characters are difficult to play, being given physical descriptions in the dialogue that don't always match the actors' qualities. None of the plays shows the wonderful synergy of plot, dialogue, acting, and production that makes for a truly transcendent experience.

Hank Kimmel's "Politically Incorrect Dating" is a cute show with the wonderfully natural Jacquelyn Wyer trying to set up upper-crust Jared Foust with an acquaintance. It's pleasant, with little depth.

Robin Pond's "Close Encounter" takes an interesting approach to speed dating, with Alina Lia's odd behavior toward Michael Mario Good gradually becoming understandable. Once again, it's pleasant.

Trace Crawford's "The Lady and the Tyger" shows great promise at the start, with a superbly comic performance by Olubajo Sonubi reacting to the passive-aggressive behavior of Portia Cue. The play turns into a dry literary treatise toward the end, though.

Ralph Del Rosario's strange "Something Awful/Something Beautiful" is the only two-part play of the evening, confusing the audience with its blackout midway through. It's an odd love/hate story of a man, a woman, and a piano, sparked by a performance by understudy Leigh-Ann Campbell that is perhaps the best performance by anyone I've seen all season. There's an inner life to her character that isn't crystal-clear, but so heartfelt and natural (given the unnatural situations of the plot) that the play sticks in the mind.

The first act ends with Ron Burch's "Last Egg," which is a cute, albeit trite idea that goes on too long. The staging by director Tanya Caldwell is the most imaginative of the evening, but becomes boring within seconds.

"Fighting Mr. Right," the first of four plays in the second ac, is probably the best of the lot. Jared Brodie and Sasha Sheppard are well matched, and Barbra Lindsay's script has just the right amounts of wit, quirkiness, and heart. Sally J. Robertson's direction builds the action to a satisfying conclusion.

"Bona Fide," by Nina Mansfield, is more a skit than a play. Isaac Moran is obviously talented, doing a nice accent, and Cat Roche gives her role her all, but they can't make the thin script come to life.

David L. Fisher's "Social Consultant" is a sweet story with Whittney Millsap as a lady of the evening leaving her john (James Connor) in the morning. There were some line problems at the performance I saw (gloriously covered by Ms. Millsap), yet the overall play worked well. Even so, the script had a throw-away quality to it, as it it were dashed off to fit an empty spot in the bill.

"Up on the Roof," the finale, has a sweet, semi-magical feel to it. David Fisher has directed Mark Harvey Levine's script to point up its best features, and Matt Calvo and Emily Tyrybon bring the characters to life. The lighting design by Robert Drake and Gary White gets its biggest workout in this play, but the slapdash flats of the set don't work at all to suggest a rooftop. It's a slightly disappointing end to a slightly disappointing evening. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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