J.E.T. Studios presents two one-acts, both dealing with the needs and wants of the opposite sexes in romantic relationships. Short and sweet, the plays contain moments of hilarity as well as crass, gross-out humor and adult language and situations.
Love in Ten Minutes features Man (Zack Self) and Woman (Judith E.) negotiating the ins and outs of becoming involved and which person is in control of the relationship. Judith E. brings flirty vivaciousness to her role, while Zack Self gives an exasperated but pleasantly charming performance. As the title implies, the couple seals the deal.
The Stinger blends physical comedy with scatological situations to make a hilarious presentation about what happens when body parts come alive. Joe (Kyle Maloney), shallow and superficial, wakes after a one-night stand to discover his penis (Eric Flores) has taken on a life of its own. Flores smoothly underplays his role, actually bringing the moments of insight. Megan Blakeley’s Sonya the girlfriend expresses a realistic and questioning vulnerability.
Both one-acts offer some smart insights on what each gender is looking for in relationships, but focuses on sexual acts rather than more serious issues and discussion. They also feature explicit language, sounds, and situations, as well as scatological elements as the main ingredients. They seem more like skits for Saturday Night Live or comedy shows, but could be fleshed out for a more thorough examination.
The production demonstrates some fine comic moments and performances and suggests promise.
J.E.T. Studios presents Love in Ten Minutes and The Stinger on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at J.E.T. Studios located at 5126 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. The production requires a reservation through their website at www.thejetstudios.com. Tickets cost $15 plus a $1 service fee. For further information, call Judith E. at (818) 309-5972.