Photo credit Richard Fleischman
I'm torn. Theatre Unbound's new evening of one-act plays, Girl Shorts, is a great, and eclectic, collection of little-seen shorter works, many by name authors—a hilarious parody of Medea by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang (directed by Alexandra Gould), the goofy duo in Lost by Mary Louise Wilson (directed by Cheryl Moore Brinkley), the offbeat new work Within by Anne Bertram and Heather C. Brady (also directed by Brady), the bracing script The Judge's Wife by Caryl Churchill (directed by Maggie Scanlan), and the warmhearted short The Obligatory Scene by Carolyn Gage (directed by Crystal G. Schneider). I also thoroughly enjoyed the work of the ensemble, populated by a host of Theatre Unbound regulars—Delta Rae Giordano, Alexandra Gould, Kari Kelly, Stacey Poirier, Victoria Pyan, Noe Tallen, and Laura Wiebers all do double duty in more than one short; they're joined by Charla Marie Bailey, Shannon Buchda, Viv Corringham, Meredith Gillies, Stephen Houtz, Jen Johnsen, Tyler D. Martin, Tyler Stamm, July Vang, and Lacey Zeiler. The scripts themselves and the acting work were quite entertaining. But on the whole, the evening felt almost under-produced.