Starlite Players scored a hit with their very first show last month, a collection of short comic pieces by area playwrights. The theater, upstairs at the Starlite Room in Sarasota, was packed from opening night on.
Now, even before the company's second show, Starlite Players has had to add an extra performance to accommodate demand for tickets.
The new show, also a collection of short comedies, is titled "This Isn't What I Expected." It opens today and runs for five performances through the weekend. (The matinee on Sunday is the show that was added.)
The pieces, which run between 10 and 30 minutes each, are "What Remains" by Heather Jones, directed by Daniel Greene; "Pete's Place" by Betty Robinson, directed by Mark Woodland; "The Session" by Jack Gilhooley, directed by Daniel Greene; and "Talkback" by Jo Morello, directed by Tim Guerrieri. Morello runs Starlite Players and Gilhooley is her husband. They're both respected playwrights whose work has been produced often around the country.
The Starlite Players' space is an ad hoc theater with a small stage. It's the kind of space that people who love intimate theater appreciate, and the company used it creatively in the July production.
Details: Aug. 13-16, The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. Show Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $16.50. Information: starliteplayers.com.
-- Marty Clear