Women in Shorts at the Working Stage Theater
Women in Shorts is six short plays performed by two remarkable actors: Joanna Miles and Louise Davis. The attractive park set is by designer Thomas Meleck.
“Park Strangers,” written by Brian Connors and directed by T.J. Castronovo, sparkles with snappy dialogue between veteran actress Miles and fledgling actress Davis, who first meet as participants in a commercial. Davis, who describes herself as “crude, rude and lewd,” talks a different language than Miles, who tolerates her.
“The Great Outdoors,” written by Tom Baum and directed by Asaad Kelada, portrays a woman alone on a park bench lost in her thoughts when her worried daughter comes looking for her and relationship problems surface.
“Sisters” is sharply written by Gloria Goldsmith and directed by Judy Chaikin. Grace is in the position of having to bail out her financially irresponsible sister again, which includes a poignant reading of the poem from Winnie the Pooh.
“Magic Rabbit,” written by John Fazakerley and directed by Robert Burgos, is about Mary, a homeless woman (effective costume design by Betty Madden) claiming to have a magic rabbit, and Evie, a society woman who’s surprised when she realizes who Mary really is.
“Divorces R Us,” written by Jim McGinn and directed by Bennett Cohon, features Miles as Dr. Happiness — there to help an unhappily married lady — and has a twist ending.
“The Ladies of the State,” written by Miles Brandman and directed by Matthew Reilly, shows an emotional Davis as she pleads for her son to avoid being inducted into the Army.
Women in Shorts is at the Working Stage Theater, located at 1516 N. Gardner St. in Los Angeles. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m. through March 20. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call 1-800-838-3006. There is street parking available.