“One Night of Absolute Dismay” Is a Collection of One-Act Plays by Contemporary Playwrights

"One Night of Absolute Dismay: A Night of Contemporary Short Plays" runs Feb. 16-19 and 23-26 at Common Ground Theatre (photo by Jason Bailey)
"One Night of Absolute Dismay: A Night of Contemporary Short Plays" runs Feb. 16-19 and 23-26 at Common Ground Theatre (photo by Jason Bailey)

"One Night of Absolute Dismay: A Night of Contemporary Short Plays" runs Feb. 16-19 and 23-26 at Common Ground Theatre (photo by Jason Bailey)
"One Night of Absolute Dismay: A Night of Contemporary Short Plays" will run Feb. 16-19 and 23-26 at Common Ground Theatre (photo by Jason Bailey)

Raleigh, NC-based Bare Theatre will present One Night of Absolute Dismay: A Night of Contemporary Short Plays on Feb. 16-19 and 23-26 at Common Ground Theatre in west Durham. Bare Theatre its 2012 program of four one-acts includes “23 dysfunctional relationships. 12 characters. 4 shows. One night of absolute dismay.”

According to Bare Theatre:

“[Our] third annual collection of contemporary one-act plays [includes] selections by authors unknown and well-known, from Chapel Hill to Maine. Dare to be dismayed!

“[The plays of One Night of Absolute Dismay include:]

‘Hot Greek Porn’ by Lucius Robinson and Rajeev Rajendran. Drawing from material ranging from the pornographic films of Kostas Gousgouni to the dark agenda of the instigators of the European debt crisis, no one will be spared.

‘Everything Seems So Plausible at 1 AM’ by Ben Ferber and Donnie McEwan, directed by Jason Bailey and featuring Jeff Buckner, Patrick Campbell, Joanna Herath, and Chuck Keith. Larry the Lawyer is awakened in the middle of the night by Bob the Banker, Sam the Surgeon, and Emily the Ex-Wife — all of whom need immediate legal advice and protection from a killer, who happens to be one of them.

‘Letter from the Editor‘ by Mora Harris, directed by Lucinda Gainey and featuring Matt Fields, Kacey Reynolds Schedler, and Matt Schedler. An affluent Christian married couple finds their faith in God and each other tested when the husband brings a homeless man into their house.

‘For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls’ by Christopher Durang, directed by Olivia Griego and featuring Jeff Buckner, G. Todd Buker, Joanna Herath, and P.J. Maske. In this parody of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, fading Southern belle Amanda desperately tries to prepare her hypersensitive, hypochondriacal son Lawrence for ‘the feminine caller,’ who turns out to be a hard-of-hearing dinner guest invited by Amanda’s ambiguously gay son, Tom.

“Oh, and there are actually eight nights. Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 23-26.

CONTENT WARNING: This show contains adult language, adult themes, adult toys, simulated genitalia, sexual situations of an unusual nature, graphic stage violence, and the audience may get ever so slightly wet. THIS SHOW IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN. It is recommended for adults who value freedom of expression and don’t take things too seriously.


Bare Theatre presents ONE NIGHT OF ABSOLUTE DISMAY: A NIGHT OF CONTEMPORARY SHORT PLAYS at 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18, 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 8 p.m. Feb. 23-25, and 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705.

TICKETS: $17 ($10 students, seniors, and active-duty military personnel).

BOX OFFICE: 919-386-9571, boxoffice@baretheatre.org, or https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/222275. SHOW: http://www.baretheatre.org/upcoming.html.

PRESENTER: http://www.baretheatre.org/.

VENUE: http://www.cgtheatre.com/.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.cgtheatre.com/directions.


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).