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8x10 Six=A Great Evening Of Theatre

on May 4, 2019 - 7:19pm
A scene from ‘A Life’ by Gary Dontzig. The play introduces two characters played by Emily Pimental and Kevin Pelzel who meet on a playground as children and follows them through their teenage years, into adulthood and finally old age. Courtesy/LALT
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting ‘8x10 Six’ through May 18, performed 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 12.  

All performances are at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos. Tickets are $15, available at CB FOX and at the door. Online tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets.

LALT’s May production is the sixth presentation of this format featuring eight short (10-minute) plays. This year, all the plays are from New Mexico playwrights, from Los Alamos, Tesuque, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Six Reasons you need to see 8x10 Six:

  1. One-Acts are wonderful! The compression of plot and dialogue into 10 minutes is challenging for the playwright, but it yields great results for the audience. Some of the most memorable plays I’ve ever seen have been one-acts. They’re like tiny gems, sparkling with wit and meaning;
  2. Acting under pressure. Actors have to present their characters and make them well-rounded in 10 short minutes. Watching them do this really makes one appreciate the craft;
  3. Hilarious comedies! Comedies are my favorite form of drama and the zingers and high jinks in the comedies and “dramadies”( comedy/drama) will make you laugh out loud;
  4. Drama with a punch. “Patient” by Caroline Evart is one of best portrayals of mental illness I’ve seen on the stage;
  5. This year, all the plays are from New Mexico playwrights, from Los Alamos, Tesuque, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You won’t believe how talented your neighbors are. Two of my favorite one-acts are by Los Alamos locals. “Red Licorice” by John Gustafson and “Treason” by Robert Benjamin; and
  6. Support the Los Alamos Little Theatre!

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