‘Tis the season for Theatrical Holiday Fare. Several local venues offer annual productions, and some offer season-specific shows that vary year-to-year — all are quite good.
However, Moonlight Stage Company’s Eclipse: Sketch Comedy Holiday One Acts consists of brand-new, locally written scripts, most with a holiday theme. Last night, an ensemble cast — including playwright Mark Cornell and playwright/director Estes Tarver — entertained us for nearly two hours with actors all playing roles in multiple plays.
For instance, Paul Paliyenko plays a detective, a man with a super power, and a TV advertising announcer, Oliver Riera plays a detective and a waiter, and Susie Pratt plays a woman on a blind date and the mother in a dysfunctional family.
The longest of the plays is “NCPD (North Carolina Police Division)”, with part one playing before intermission and part two playing thereafter. Look for characters in this play to resurface in others.
The plays address such burning questions as:
- What would happen on a blind date with an invisible man?
- Can a Christmas Clown substitute for Santa Claus?
- What if the police caught Santa and an elf and charged them with breaking-and-entering?
- Should we trust a “temp” at a hairstylist shop?
- What if a mob boss were running a car rental company?
AND: there are two commercials for drinks that induce truth-telling at family gatherings.
The rest of the ensemble includes Sean McCracken, Paul Kilpatrick, Meagan Mackenzie, Gaby Cila, and Ethan Rosero.
The plays are light and breezy, and they will keep you laughing. The theater is small and intimate. It is unfortunate that there are only two performances.
We need more of this kind of entertainment — may Moonlight Stage shine on!
SECOND OPINION: Dec. 10th Raleigh, NC Triangle Review preview by Kurt Benrud: http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2015/12/eclipse-sketch-comedy-holiday-one-acts-is-a-potpourri-of-plays-written-by-local-dramatists/.
Moonlight Stage Company presents ECLIPSE: SKETCH COMEDY HOLIDAY ONE ACTS at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at 1304 Paddock Dr., Raleigh, North Carolina 27609.
BOX OFFICE (bottom of page): http://www.moonlightstageco.com/events/eclipse-holiday-one-acts-december-11-12-tickets-here/.
SHOW: http://www.moonlightstageco.com/events/eclipse-holiday-one-acts-december-11-12-tickets-here/, http://www.moonlightstageco.com/events/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1514952078797267/.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCctYg_zro6R0Q56VxYVWi9g.
PRESENTER: http://www.moonlightstageco.com/, https://www.facebook.com/MoonlightStageCo/, and https://twitter.com/Moonlight_Stage.
PARENTAL ADVISORY: These one-act plays contain adult language and are intended for audiences 16 years of age and up.
Estes Tarver (Moonlight Stage Company founder and creative director and playwright): http://www.moonlightstageco.com/about/ (Moonlight Stage Company bio) and https://www.facebook.com/etarver111 (Facebook page).
Mark Cornell (playwright): http://www.markcornell.net/mark/Home.html (official website) and https://www.facebook.com/mark.cornell.568 (Facebook page).
Kurt Benrud is a graduate of Cary High School and N.C. State University, and he has taught English at both. He first became involved in local theater in 1980. He has served on the board of directors for both the Cary Players and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum. He is also a volunteer reader with Triangle Radio Reading Service. Click here to read his reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.