One-Acts by Chekhov, Shaw and More Featured in All-in-One

All-in-One, a collection of one-acts ranging from original works to seldom-seen classic plays, will be performed at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, located at 410 West 42nd Street, beginning February 8th and running through February 12th. The show will be presented by Oberon Theatre Ensemble.

The show will kick off with George Bernard Shaw's Village Wooing. "This two-person piece deconstructs the relationship between a man and a woman, from their first chance encounter (on a cruise ship) to one where marriage is discussed," according to press notes. Oberon will present the first and third pieces of Wooing during All-in-One. Conversation 1 will be directed by Don Jordon and feature Walter Brandes* and Annmarie Benedict*. Conversation III will be directed by Rachel Wood and features Jarel Davidow* and Karen Sternberg. Village Wooing was first published in 1934.

In Rich Orloff's Lion Tamer, "a forty-something man is about to move into a new apartment, but the current owner warns of the excess emotional baggage she's leaving behind. As the two talk about apartments, sex and personal entanglements, a mutual attraction begins to build. Who will be tamed; one, both or neither?" Directed by Walter Brandes, the play will feature William Laney* and Margaret A. Flanagan*.

David Ives' The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage, "is a gleeful send-up of all those atmospheric English murder mysteries. A victim, an on-the-scene Inspector, three possible suspects, and a case that would strain the combined brainpower (and credulity) of Hercule Poriot, Mrs. Marple, and Sherlock Holmes." Originally presented in 1999 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage will be directed by Philip Emeott and features Mac Brydon*, Jarel Davidow*, Brad Fryman*, Laura Siner*, and Karen Sternberg.

Well-Laid Desert, written by Walter Brandes, is the story of three close friends stranded in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down on a trip to Vegas. In the midst of realizations, accusations and ramifications while waiting for help, the bonds between the trio are strained to the limit. Directed by Eric Parness, Well-Laid Desert will be performed by Philip Emeott, Ryan Tramont and James T. Ware.

"In Anton Chekhov's hilarious comedy The Bear, a young widow grieving in solitude is disrupted by an overbearing man to whom her late husband owes a debt. Tempers flare until the two are ready to face off in a duel to the death. But there's a fine line between hate and love, as these two just may find out - if they don't kill each other first." Directed by Christopher Thomasson, The Bear will be performed by Brad Fryman*, Grace Pettijohn, and Laura Siner*.

Founded in 1993 (and revitalized in 1997), the Oberon Theatre Ensemble is a New York based, not-for-profit theatre group committed to cultivating and invigorating a diverse theatre community by confronting contemporary issues through classic and original works and by employing non-traditional casting and supporting the process of developing original material. The group's most recent effort was Feasting on Cardigans, which was performed as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival last summer. More information on the Oberon Theatre can be found at www.oberontheatre.org.

Show times are Wednesday-Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tickets: $19.00. Students and Seniors: $15.00. Limited 2-for-1 ticket special for Wednesday and Thursday performances. Reservations: 212-279-4200 or www.ticketcentral.com.


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