Project Hh: The Hoosier Short-Play Showcase
Theatre of the People performs eight new original short plays interspersed with monologues.
Rose Firebay Theater
February, 2,3,4 & 5 at 7:30 pm and February 5 & 6 at 2:30 pm.
Tickets available at the door
The key word to describe Theatre of the People’s latest offerings is ‘variety.’
Project Hh is the Theatre’s “Hoosier Short-Play Showcase.” It is eight plays, interspersed with monologues.
One theme that runs throughout the showcase is death and loss. Two plays deal with death, the anger and guilt of the living, and with loss and love. Two others revolve around talking down a person attempting suicide. One play follows the disturbing step by step descent of one character from comfortable affluence to naked poverty and; another follows the equally disturbing forward progress of mankind, from beating out rhythms with a stick to nuclear devastation.
Comedy is present, too, in three of the plays. One monologue takes a negative turn on Al Franken’s SNL conversations with his mirror. A silent scene involving characters in a study shows that actions can speak as loud as words. Finally, a law school-bound young man decides that his early fascination with Johnny Depp requires a detour.
The plays that serve as finales of the first and second acts of Theatre of the People’s Project Hh are a bit more challenging than the others. In Something Solid, Something Dead, actors with labels form a sort of assembly line, interrupting themselves from time to time with direct speeches to the audience. The overall effect is not entirely successful.
In High Strung, a young man is literally connected—with lengths of yarn—to friends, family, and responsibilities. The complex working-out of his system is quite interesting. Though it’s something of a one trick pony, I’d like to see it better worked out.
At the theater for you, I’m George Walker.