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Theater Review: Theatre Unleashed Undertakes 25 Plays in an Hour...Almost

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Theatre Unleashed's 25 Plays Per Hour hits its mark--just not in an hour. Ben Atkinson and Noah Butler star in 'Serial Killer' | Photo: Theatre Unleashed
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Theatre Unleashed threw down gauntlet when they sent out a press release advertising the running of 25 plays in an hour. How is that even possible? We were a little dubious, naturally, because that meant each "super-short" play had to average 2.4 minutes. But we took the bait anyway.

So when the first play Independence Lay--a sci-fi comedy--hit the three minute and change mark, we knew that we'd been had. But the evening turned out to be a night of entertaining plays and sketches that we didn't mind that the clock had runneth over.

Directed by Jacob Smith, the production's 25 original works featured eight of the company's actors playing more than 50 characters. When seeing a series of short plays, there's always the risk of sitting through more bad and ugly than good, but in this case, the majority of the 25 plays and sketches were well-developed and beguiling.