Slowly and Sideways (four short plays about moving forward)
The Shoestring Players are a long-standing community theatre company that has been going through a renewal process, and it this production is any indication, a successful one. They present four short plays: Anything for You by Cathy Celesia, Duet for Bear and Dog by Sybil Rosen, The Man Who Couldn’t Dance by Jason Katims, and Ferris Wheel by Mary Miller. Illness prevented two of the actors mentioned in the program from performing on the night I saw the production, forcing Manuel Ortega and Trinity Sigurdson to step in script in hand. They both performed admirably.
The key to presenting four distinct worlds on stage is to minimize the time between plays, and the minimal set design and efficient prop schlepping made this production move smoothly. Stage managers almost never get the credit they deserve, but Karen and Richard Howell really helped this production to succeed. This is a fun evening that is well worth your time.