By Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy
This two-actor sketch comedy celebrating women takes an amusing look at relationships, women’s roles in society, and gender issues. “A humorous romp with a feminist sensibility … a smart, provocative show,” said Variety.
The APT production starred Samantha Beedle and Jennifer Starr Foley, whose “characterizations shine through all [the sketches], often revealing a touching humanity underneath their lively acting and outlandish costumes,” as the Morning Call noted. Directed by Joshua Neth and assistant directed by Felix Mayes, and presented March 22-April 7 at the Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery in Allentown.
- The Atheist (June 13-15) by Irish-born playwright Ronan Noone, directed by Joshua Neth. This one-man show starring Jason Roth serves as a confession of sorts for a tabloid-journalist who’s short on scruples and big on sensational headlines as a way to power and fame. Some adult content.
- Sensitivity Training (June 21-23) by Jennifer Santos, directed by Dan Sottile, and other new sketch comedies from APT Improv. Easton playwright Santos, creator of last year’s AIA hit Dinner with Marney, has written a No Exit for the 21st century. When three employees of a big adhesives company are subjected to the titular training, heat starts rising. Sensitivity Training was followed by two new sketches, “Cat Whisperer” and “Homeless Realtor,” by local playwright Michelle Rieder. Some adult content.
- The Un-Named Body Project (June 28-30) directed by Felix Mayes. This ensemble-derived piece explored body image and eating disorders through movement-and-dialogue. It was APT’s social justice piece for 2013.
Presented at the Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery in Allentown.
Adapted by Sam Kuglen
Based on Carlo Collodi’s classic, this participatory play for children and families tells the tale of a poor woodcarver and his mischievous puppet that comes to life, with a nose that grows every time he tells a lie. “Playful and energetic, [APT’s] Pinocchio teaches the tale’s familiar life lessons with appealing characters and fast pacing on the small stage at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Allentown,” said the Morning Call. Directed by Marcie Schlener and presented August 16-25. Four free Saturday-morning theatre arts workshops for kids preceded the opening of the play.
This new one-man show with Joshua Neth channeling the Master of the Macabre, draws on Poe’s personal letters and dramatizes some of his most iconic stories and poems, including “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Cask of Amantillado,” and “The Raven.” “A tour de force,” wrote The Morning Call, “Neth fills the stage with rich and defined characters . . . . If you appreciate drama well done, this is a show not to miss.” Conceived and directed by Andrea Cartagena and presented October 11-20 at Bethlehem’s Ice House.