A variety of appetizers rather than a single entrée can be convenient when considering all of the options. There is a satisfaction in knowing that if one dish leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, then another will be available shortly to cleanse your palate.
Wasatch Theatre Company’s presentation of one-act plays, Short Shorts, part of this month’s Page-to-Stage Festival, offers an array of genres that promise to please at least one, if not all, of your interests. Some of the skits are well-seasoned with monotony and clichés. Shoebox and Blur, for instance, both drone on in repetitious banter between stereotypical characters to reinforce uninteresting plots. Others though, such as Thinking Out Loud, are surprisingly refreshing with comedic dialogue by an energetic cast of actors, most notably from G. Morgan Walton and Holly Braithwaite as the inner thoughts of two characters on a blind date.
The array of themes in this collection of plays range from movies to murder, from Hurricane Katrina to romance, in a matter of minutes. While some skits could be fleshed out more to make interesting full-length plays, others are perfectly suited to brevity. Literary Review, for example, is executed wholly in 15 minutes with fast-paced, witty dialogue between Laurel Sharette and Troy Wood as two best friends discovering they might be in love.
To Boldly Go seems to be the short that makes the best use of its format. Combining props, costumes and strong dialogue laced with pop-culture references, four caricatures including Elvis, a preacher, a shrink, and a Star Trek nerd find themselves in purgatory asking, “What comes next?” If anything, it’s proof that Short Shorts can fulfill all of your cravings whether it’s drama, comedy …or existentialism.