It seemed very strange to be watching something called 'An Adult Evening' at 9.15 in the morning but that was probably appropriate for this production.Shel Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, musician and author, particularly of children’s books. He also wrote more than a hundred one-act plays, most of them slightly dark and twisted. Each performance here is a set of eight short sketches, out of ten in total. Each sketch has a cast of two or three. Watch & Dry is set in what appears to be a laundry, but is it? Always make sure you know what you’re committing yourself to.Do Not Feed The Animal. Somebody sits on a park bench with an animal in a box and a sign saying not to feed it. Disregard warning signs at your peril.Click is probably the darkest play, about a man who is playing Russian Roulette with a revolver containing only a blank. But is it blank?No Skronking is set in a café where skronking is totally forbidden. Don’t even ask.Best Daddy. Lisa is overjoyed to be given a pony on her birthday. What a pity her father’s just shot it.One Tennis Shoe is about a woman who is developing a tendency to become a bag lady.Lifeboat Is Sinking is another very dark comedy. If you were in a lifeboat that was sinking, who would you throw overboard, your wife, daughter, girlfriend or yourself?All Cotton is set in a clothes shop at sales time, where all-cotton non-shrink shirts are not what they claim to be.This is a very enjoyable production. Some of the short plays are very funny indeed, while others are less successful, or perhaps a bit too dark for me, such as Click. The performers are top quality throughout. Highly recommended.

Reviews by Alan Chorley

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Welcome to a darkly comic world, where nothing is as it seems and the most innocent conversation may lead to doom. Several one-act plays written by the acclaimed author/poet, Shel Silverstein.

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