Performing Arts

Theater Review: Summer Shorts 2014: Series A

In “Sec. 310, Row D, Seats 5 and 6” by Warren Leight, guys talk, in this case (L–R) Roman (Peter Jacobson) and Eddie (Geoffrey Cantor). (Carol Rosegg)
In “Sec. 310, Row D, Seats 5 and 6” by Warren Leight, guys talk, in this case (L–R) Roman (Peter Jacobson) and Eddie (Geoffrey Cantor). (Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK—This year’s Series A (the first half of the annual Summer Shorts festival), held at Manhattan’s 59E59 Theaters, offers three one-acts bringing brief insights...

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  • The cast of “Bullets Over Broadway,” in which gangsters and Broadway stars cavort. (L–R in foreground) Gangster Nick Valenti (Vincent Pastore), his goon-turned-ghostwriter Cheech (Nick Cordero), actress in the show Eden Brent (Karen Ziemba), the aging diva Helen Sinclair (Marin Mazzie), the leading man Warner Purcell (Brooks Ashmanskas), the gangster’s less-than-talented girlfriend Olive (Heléne Yorke), and the playwright’s girlfriend Ellen (Betsy Wolfe). (Paul Kolnik)

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