BURNT AT THE STEAK
by Carolann Valentino – New York City, USA
Carolann Valentino is a force of nature. All big hair and cleavage, she comes out blasting show tunes like a one-woman chorus line. There’s no downtime here folks, as the peppy thespian quickly takes us into her frantic world. She’s a manager at a high-end New York steak house, diffusing endless emergencies all the while dreaming of a career in theatre. Slipping into a mind-boggling 18 characters (had to look it up as I lost count), Valentino created a full cast production that lacked absolutely nothing. A major feat probably more at home on Broadway than our little festival, it certainly is something.
ME AND MY MONKEY
By Bradley Spann – Los Angeles, USA
One of those subtle, coming of age, true stories that doesn’t pack many punches, but stays on the mind. It’s a charmer tale of a boy infatuated by the Silver Surfer, surrounded by a gaggle of sisters, and a monkey. Seems everyone around Bradley is a bit crazy, and he has enough sense to stay clear of trouble while committing all the shenanigans to memory. Lucky us.
GREAT BATTLES IN HISTORY
By Mark Shyzer – Toronto, ON
An adventurous leap, Great Battles in History is presented as a broken and deserted play, clumsily moved forward by one lonely survivor. Mark Shyzer bumbles with lighting, childish props, an incomplete script, trying to salvage something. The musical part of the show is a ukulele. Some interesting histories (especially Napoleon) are touched on, before Shyzer drifts back into some self-loathing. Is this for real? There’s only one way to find out.
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