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NVTA One Act Festival Night 4

By • Jun 28th, 2009 • Category: Reviews
NVTA One Act Festival
James Lee Community Center Theater, Falls Church, VA
$35 Festival Pass/$14 Session Pass
Playing through June 28th
Attended June 27th, 2009

This is part 4 of ShowBizRadio’s 5 part series covering this year’s NVTA One Act Festival.

Last night was the closing night of performances of the NVTA One Act Play Festival, with two original productions. Both were also billed as farces, although Hero Worship, performed by the Little Theatre of Alexandria had some serious moments. The Duet performed by Prince William Little Theatre was non-stop comedy. Both casts worked well together and seemed to know what was expected of them. The Duet had an improvised sound effect that was quite humorous. Hero Worship had real sound effects that were well done and at the right volume.

Both shows ran just under an hour in length. One change which took place this year involved the critiqing by three judges. In past years the judges talked to the performers about their productions in private. This year the judges gave their impressions to the performers and the audience at the same time. The public feedback, while welcome and interesting, did result in a lot of time between shows. For example, last night there was 40 minutes from the end of The Duet to the begining of Hero Worship. Perhaps the curtain could be drawn and the next production could set up their set during the critiques? That would save five minutes officially, although the downtime between performances should be reduced further.

The Awards Ceremony for this year’s festival will take place Sunday evening, with a reception at 6:00pm, and the presentation of the awards at 7:00pm. Awards will be presented in these categories:

  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Director
  • Best Production Of An Original Play
  • Best Overall Production

Additionally, the judges (Leonard Highes, Don Martin, and Marge Tischer) may also award discretionary awards for areas not covered by the seven standard awards.

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