Saturday, January 7, 2012

Insta-Criticism at This Weekend's 14/48

14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival has always been about making it up as you go along—theater people rehearsing, designing, and performing 14 short plays in 48 hours. It's a lot of theater with the lifespan of a mayfly. This year, they've added a new phase to the life cycle: criticism. I'll be at shows this weekend, live-reviewing the short plays in either 14 or 48 words and posting them on this post and the 14/48 blog.

And we're back! The action starts at 8. The first play is The Lighthouse Keeper by Juliet Waller Pruzan; directed by Amy Poisson; starring Paul Mullin, Brandon J. Simmons, Erin Bryn Fetridge, Allison Standley, and Samie Detzar.

I'm sitting in the light booth with a beer and ready to knock out 14 or 48 words in real time. (I changed the format from last night's 14 words or 48 characters—the latter is easier for me but unfair to the artists.) It's an experiment in knee-jerk reactions and pressure-cooker restrictions.

The theme tonight is "delicious indiscretions." I plan on enjoying some before the night is over.

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