Theatre 'd Art's Theatregasm 4Ever opened this past weekend at Osborne Studio Theatre at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The annual festival consists of 10 or so short plays over the course of about two hours — and feels a bit like having dinner at an Asian buffet: Some dishes you can't get enough of and want seconds (and perhaps thirds); some dishes simply warm your belly; and some will be, um, "revisiting" you the next morning.
I couldn't get enough of "Serial." Written by UCCS' Theatreworks' technical director Roy Ballard and directed by former Star Bar Players' artistic director Mark Hennessy, "Serial" is told from the point of view of a serial killer. The RiP's Kaleb Kohart plays the killer with perfect intensity, tempo and charm. And while he does most of the talking in this two-person play, his co-hort, Anna Faye Hunter, matches his technique and style. The ticket price for Theatregasm is worth it to see "Serial" alone.
Other pieces that went down nice and easy were: "Dogs: A Musical" (see our preview of the piece here) with some ingenious use of props and fun choral work; "Proud Sons of Porlock," which has a bit of a slow start but takes off with Hossein Forouzandeh's acting as a playwright tamer; and various mini "Shakespeare in the Dark" pieces starring Jordan Mathews.
I can't say there were any pieces I wish I hadn't seen, but there were a number that just didn't hit the mark for me. "A Zombie Love Story" made me fall in love with a pair of zombies, but it was an unrequited affair without some sort of closure. The other musical of the evening, "Dungeon Darvon," also had closure issues — no one in the audience clapped, because, well, no one knew it had ended.
All in all, if you don't have a sensitive ear (to the F-bomb in particular) or a sensitive stomach (for zombies, killers' antics and flying fake blood), I'd recommend catching Theatregasm during its second (and final weekend), Aug. 19-22. Get all the details here.