‘Nine Winning One-Acts’ claims victory

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Intelligent writing and authentic performances through May 20 in NoHo

Fresh voices and talent shines brightly into one-acts that utilize economy of time generating quality performances producing both laughter and drama. Each one-act, or vignette, captures the daily dilemmas that we all experience or can relate to.

From the dark humor of “The Assessment,” a senior couple on the breach of suicide, to the ridiculous, but possible circumstances of “Hooking Up,” Nine Winning One-Acts gives the audience an array of emotional response.

“Jimmie and Ruthie…and Mommy…and Me,” written by Kent R. Brown and directed by Patricia Lee Willson, reigns supreme. The solo performance by Vesna Tolomanoska captures the tragic essence of a woman who has great potential, but circumstances dictated something entirely different. Tolomanoska proves great depth and range with her performance, even capturing an authentic Midwestern twang. Consider this the power of the one-act; the projection of character onto stage that is sincere and defines a subtle power.

Other standout acts includes “Hooking Up,” written by John Franceschini and directed by Larry Eisenberg, as well as “Roadside Alice,” written by Uma Incrocci and directed by Helen O’Brien. This gem features Stephanie Colet and Lisa McGee-Mann in what can be best described as the ultimate chick-flick travel adventure.

Intelligent writing, authentic performances harnessed by skilled directors produces a winning score for this production.

The Group Rep presents “Nine Winning One-Acts” through Sunday, May 20 at Upstairs at the Group Rep in the Lonny Chapman Theatre located at 10900 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-5990 or visit TheGroupRep.com for more information.

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