Third Annual New York Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival

By Andrew Andrews

The cast of Clump 7 performs Robin Rothstein’s "Showdown" at the New Ohio Theatre’s 3rd Annual 1 Minute Play Festival (1MPF): America Is..., directed by Kyle Metzger.

If you caught our reviews of the New York Neo-Futurist’s Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and Great American Drama, it should come as no surprise that we’d attend New Ohio Theatre’s 3rd Annual New York Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival: America Is... Fitting twice as many plays in the same amount of time as the aforementioned TML, this festival brought together dozens and dozens of performers and ten directors to deliver a total of eighty new plays over the course of three days. This year’s scripts were developed just days after the 2017 U.S. presidential inauguration, resulting in a series of politically-charged stories ranging from the subtlest of metaphors to the most blatant of social commentaries—with a few (seemingly) non-political tidbits scattered throughout.

You’d no doubt stop reading if we tried to review every piece, or even every one of the ten “clumps” of plays, each set performed by a different cast for a specific director. Generally speaking, however, each group included a half-dozen works with only a second or two of silence between them; at the same time, not a single episode felt rushed or even incomplete. All of the young actors performed expertly and the black-box space (although, really, a very pink stage courtesy of the theater’s interrupted production of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant) was used to its best advantage. Clump 3, which included the plays Support by Lindsay Joy and Con/Tent by Stacey Rose, was perhaps this reviewer’s personal favorite, directed by Nathaniel P. Claridad. However, there were plenty of gems throughout the show, including Clump 7’s mini-musical Showdown (see photo), written by Robin Rothstein and directed by Kyle Metzger.

We’re already looking forward to the New York Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival’s return next year, and suggest that you keep an eye out for it, too! Meanwhile, we hope to get back to the New Ohio Theatre again soon to check out some of their full-length runs. Stay tuned for our reviews!


Andrew Andrews attended Third Annual New York Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival at New Ohio Theatre in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 8:00pm to write this review.