As part of our monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is a collection of 3 one-act comedy plays called “Power Plays” by Elaine May and Alan Arkin. Instead of looking at the plays individually, we attempt to look at all 3 one-act plays together as it was intended to be performed in a single evening of theater. We are going to discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode!
About POWER PLAYS:
Power Plays consists of 3 one-act plays called “The Way of All Fish”, “Virtual Reality” and “In and Out of the Light”. These are three short plays about the collision of wills and power that premiered Off-Broadway.
Elaine May is an American comedian, film director, screenwriter, and actress. She made her initial impact in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May.
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer, and composer.
“THEATER; ‘Power Plays,’ Something More Than a Family Affair” By Vincent Canby (May 31, 1998)
Arkin Tries Out His `Power Plays’ by Janet I-Chin Tu (Mar 1, 1998) Seattle Times Theater Critic
In Brief: ‘Power Plays’vBy John Simon (JUNE 8, 1998)
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