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Young Playwrights Festival Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 31 2015

They may be written by high school students, but this year each of the four one-acts on the bill at Pegasus Theatre's annual festival is a gem. Deja Jenkins's A Matter of Life (and Maybe Death) uses a witty encounter between an adolescent and the Grim Reaper to meditate on life and death and friendship. Taylor Vazquez's Dirty Spoons is a heartfelt exploration of gang life and its ruinous effects. Daisianee Minenger's witty Dare to Be Different uses a nicely paced parody of cooking shows to tell the story of a nobody who finds himself. And Steve Maloy's A Day at the Office finds a new comic twist on the Faust legend. Packed with fine performances and directed with grace and skill by Ilesa Duncan, Juan Ramirez, and Warner Crocker, these plays give one hope for the future of American theater. —Jack Helbig

Price: $18-$30


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