The 21st century attention span is a bit shorter than those of previous centuries. With a constant barrage of information, we have to pick and choose what to allow into our brain, and what messages to focus on. Given this cultural trend toward one-minute clips and one-word text messages, it seems fitting that Boise Little Theater will present three separate one-act plays in a single evening.
An Evening of One Acts is directed by Wendy Koeppl and consists of one drama and two comedies.
The first is the short drama A Candle on the Table. The play features three elderly women of different social backgrounds who meet for lunch on their first day in an old folks home. The new housing accommodations stir up the sentimental memories of these old-timers, and when a matron places a candle on the table, it incites the women to share different nostalgic memories of the past.
The second play is the comedy Lost, from Tony Award-winning playwright Mary Louise Wilson. The play is about two absentminded elderly women trying to leave the house to go about their day. In the course of preparing to leave, the friends engage in lots of silly banter and end up finding compromise and clarity.
The third play, The Travelling Sisters, is a comedy that centers on the story of two elderly women. Twice a year, the ladies go to a travel bureau and plan elaborate vacations with ritzy accommodations.
Thing is, they can't actually afford these vacations. After a series of events, they have a run-in with a bank robber who, strangely enough, might end with the opportunity to make their dream vacation a reality.