14 plays in 48 hours: The concept alone is reason enough to check it out, but how does it all work? About 80 writers, directors, actors, and musicians get together on Friday and pull a theme out of a hat, and the writers develop a 10-minute script around it. The directors draw a script and a cast, while the band whips up some musical accompaniment. Great quantities of coffee are imbibed, frantic rehearsals ensue, and come Saturday night, seven new plays are ready to hit the stage. The opening-night theme was revenge, which resulted in a handful of pee-your-pants-funny situations, including a kabuki version of Mean Girls, a dead ex-wife haunting her husband with John Denver songs, and a couple of clowns in love. During intermission, the audience fills the hat with themes; at the end of the night a new one is pulled and the whole process starts again. 14/48 is experimental theater at its besthilarity will most certainly result from whatever theme is picked. NANCY SMITH 8 & 10:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends July 27.
Saturdays, Sundays, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Starts: July 19. Continues through July 27, 2008