While I laughed quite a lot and enjoyed all four plays, I think my favorite overall was probably “The First Awkward Silence.” I thought all of the actors were quite good, but particular standouts were Grant Patrizio’s neurotic bar-goer in “The First Awkward Silence”; the entire cast in “A Case on the Aside” (Adam Briggs, Heather Lynn, and Madeleine Miller), and of course Graydon Schlichter’s hilarious portrayal of three distinct characters—two with entirely different accents—all inhabiting the same body at different times (including fighting with each other!) in the fantastical “The Most Famous Ghostwriter in the World.”
What I didn't like
As much as I enjoyed the cast in “A Case on the Aside,” I think the script could use a bit of a polish. The asides became a bit too lewd to mimic 1940s noir convincingly, and the ending felt rushed with insufficient explanation. (But it was still hysterically funny!)
I probably would have enjoyed “Pink Hat Blues” more if I knew more about the Red Sox. Or about baseball in general. Soda Persi’s lengthy, heartfelt description of a “true” fan was, alas, almost entirely lost on me.
My overall impression
A solid cast presents four very different short comedies, some sweet, some silly, but all well-written and equally well-performed. Very funny, with characters ranging from the heart-breakingly real to the downright absurd.