SHOTZ! by Amios

Host "Grover Cleveland" introduces Shotz Local 100 at the Kraine Theater.
Amios presents six new short plays every month. Given the time constraint, how good can they possibly be?

By Andrew Andrews

If you’ve been with us a long time, you know we’re big fans of Brett Epstein’s Rule of 7x7 collections of short plays, and similar shows such as the long-gone TinyRhino Theatrical Drinking Game. What we didn’t know until recently is that Amios—an unusually title-cased acronym for Art and Music In Our Souls—has been producing exactly this type of show, almost monthly, for ten years right here under our noses!

They call it SHOTZ!, and it’s billed as a “theatrical pressure cooker” producing six short plays, each written in just two short weeks, with only two weeks of rehearsal and two hours of tech time to make it presentable for two performances every month. On top of that, each play must include three “conditions,” such as “there must be a strike” and “someone must make a binding agreement.”

As with 7x7, the majority of plays turn out to be comedies, with an occasional drama or even something on the experimental side.

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Andrew Andrews attended SHOTZ! by Amios at Kraine Theater in New York on Monday, September 2, 2019 @ 7:00pm to write this review.

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