Moonlighting 2013, artfully staged readings of seven well-crafted short comedies presented by Ashland Contemporary Theatre, is a lovely way to spend a warm summer evening. Subtly directed and professionally acted by ACT members, the 10-minute plays weave humorous and gently absurdist images of everyday life.
Albert Einstein’s Brain, by Ron Burch, is a wry commentary on obsessive online bidding. Jake (Jimmy Dix) is thrilled with his coup, the scientist’s actual brain. His exasperated wife, Leslie (Mig Windows), is less so. Jake apparently has a weakness for bidding on celebrity body parts (Napoleon’s penis, da Vinci’s hair), always hoping that this time the provenance is real. With Burch’s deftly constructed dialogue and director Lyda Woods’ light touch, the play subtly comes around to the subject of optimism, trust and hope.
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