Summer Shorts 3 Series B
A never-before-produced play by William Inge is the main reason to see this uneven collection of one-acts.
The remaining pieces in the program are of varying quality. Roger Hedden's "If I Had" shows potential, as it depicts two friends, Slim (Shane McRae) and Augie (Andy Powers), who run a lawn maintenance service together. The piece touches on issues of class and entitlement, particularly during an interaction with Audrey (Emily Tremaine), the daughter of one of their clients. There are some funny lines, and the piece is performed well enough, but the ending feels a little rushed and would benefit from a more thorough exploration of Slim and Augie's history together.
The curtain-raiser, "Don't Say Another Word," by Carole Real, rehashes the main theme recently explored (to better effect) in Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty. Josh (Andy Grotelueschen) makes an offhand remark to his girlfriend Laura (Stephanie D'Abruzzo) that looks don't matter to him, and that it's what's inside that counts. She, of course, takes offense, saying, "I don't know if I want to spend my life with a man who isn't attracted to me." Neither actor brings much depth to their portrayals, but admittedly the writing itself is fairly shallow.