35th Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series B OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Gerry Goodstein
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 28, 2015
    Closing:
    June 20, 2015

    Theater: Ensemble Studio Theater / 549 West 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    From a science lab in Siberia to the red-light district in 18th century Japan to a taxi in Manhattan to a police station in Kenya--Let the 35th Marathon of One Act Plays take you on a series of surprising adventures. "Ensemble Studio Theater’s annual one-act-play marathon is always entertaining and rich in solid performances." - The New York Times, 2014. 14 new plays by 15 playwrights will be presented in three separate evenings.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series B

    At Ensemble Studio Theater, Men and Women Chatting Privately

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    June 3, 2015: Handsome and toned, John is naked in the shower, debating a point with Jess. “People have to judge you by something,” John tells her. “I don’t judge people,” she says. “Well, I hope you never drown,” he replies. “Because if it’s you and I and Michael Phelps in the Hamptons and you get a cramp? And you call on me because you’re not judgmental? I think you’d probably die.” Funny, yes. Also true. In Martyna Majok’s stealthily devastating miniature, “John, Who’s Here From Cambridge” — an indelibly acted portrait of intimacy and entitlement that is the apex of Ensemble Studio Theater’s 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series B — the title character has cerebral palsy. Cambridge, in this instance, is code for Harvard, and John’s intellect is in fine working order. His motor function is another matter, so while he’s pursuing a doctorate, he has hired pretty, sturdy Jess to help him with bathing and getting dressed. But John (Gregg Mozgala) is a creature of privilege in ways that Jess (Paola Lázaro-Muñoz) does not get, and the gulf between their vantage points is staggering.

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