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Short­cuts 7 (rated PG-13)

Fri­day to Sun­day; May 5-7, 8 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day, and 2 p.m. Sun­day

Wil­low The­atre, 300 S. Mil­i­tary Trail, Boca Ra­ton, FL 33486. $25 per per­son; group rate avail­able

Call 561347-3948 or visit http:// www.wil­lowthe­atre. org/. the cre­ative process be­gins.

“My fa­vorite thing about 10-minute plays is that the au­di­ence find them­selves laugh­ing one minute and ter­ri­fied the next,” Reeves said. “It’s a roller­coaster of re­ac­tions.”

As the ac­tors dig into their char­ac­ters, they explore how best to bring the play­wrights’ vi­sions to life. The ac­tors take pride in hit­ting ev­ery­thing just right, he said.

Many times, af­ter per­for­mances are done, the au­di­ence likes some of the plays so much they ask the cast if they will be made into ful­l­length plays. Al­most al­ways, the an­swer is no. The play is com­plete and there is no rea­son to make it longer. Kessler’s ad­vice? “Sit back, re­lax, and en­joy. While per­haps one play may not be for you, the rest of them will take you on a ride to places you have not been to be­fore.”

The plays: “Spare Change” by Brian Reeves. A bag lady meets a man in a suit. Will he help her sur­vive?; “Life Sav­ing 101” by Joe Fe­in­stein. Is it pos­si­ble home cook­ing will keep Wil­liam from com­mit­ting sui- cide?; “Char­ac­ter As­sas­si­na­tion” by Robert O’Con­nell. Graham Col­fax is the fa­mous au­thor of 18 de­tec­tive sto­ries. Lawrence Toomey is a de­tec­tive. Who’ll sur­vive this meet­ing?; “Gwen Has A Date” by Marj O’Neill-But­ler. A wi­dow met a man in the su­per­mar­ket. He could be the one. Will her con­cerned girl­friends ruin the whole thing?; “Ben’s Key” by Ken Kurtz. A Philadel­phia bar­tender gets a vis­i­tor from the past dur­ing a thun­der­storm; “Once Upon A Box Of Junk” by Tom An­drew. A man finds a Ge­nie, and learns how to make the right wishes; “Meet Me At The Ca­bana” by Mary Goulart. A phi­lan­der­ing con­gress­man’s wife, ex-wife and girl­friend meet at a bar. “Pickup” by Marj O’Neill-But­ler. A man tries to pick up a girl he thinks he knows, but doesn’t re­ally.

The a c t o r s a re Bre n d a Aul­bach, Jill Brown, Brian Dever, David Ehrlich, Margery Ehrlich, Donna Lee Franklin, Fran Fried­man, Vic­to­ria Goulet, Sara Lee, Patrick Shee­han, Tom Turner.

The di­rec­tors are Irene Kessler and Jim Tymin­ski.

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