Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Jan. 30
The Coffee Shop Chronicles
The set's authentic because the Chronicles take place at the Big Kitchen in South Park: a menu of short plays, served with coffee or tea, and vow-breaking desserts. Each one-act runs about 10 minutes, as if you were overhearing privileged (and unexpected) conversations: between witches (one of whom is under a "body control spell"), or God and Satan, or two strange strangers claiming to be from the future, a la Terminator, and needing a savior. Many of the scripts, all by local writers, could use tightening, and the talkier ones more urgency. But those that connect really do, and the performances - ably directed by Kym Pappas and Carla Nell - are always capable.
Worth a try.
- Cost: $20 - $30 | Buy tickets
- Age limit: 18+
When: Ongoing until Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- Fridays, 7:30pm