Starlite Players seems to have found a successful and popular formula. Every month, the company produces four new short comedies by local playwrights. There's a very loose theme to all the plays. (The theme is more of a description that seems to be devised after the plays are chosen.) The 60-seat ad hoc theater in an upstairs space at Sarasota's Starlite Room is often filled.
This month's offering is titled "Two by Two & TV Too." Three of the plays have two characters, and the other revolves around the absurd world of reality television.
The plays are "Ancient Oaks," by Starlite Players founder Jo Morello and directed by Don Walker; "Wholly Moses" by Don Budin, directed by Jenny Aldrich Walker; "Homecoming for Jenny" by Marvin Albert, directed by Bob Trisolini; and "How I Met the Sopranos" by Irene L. Pynn, directed by Tim Guerrerri.
A lot of the people involved will be familiar to local theater-goers, including both Walkers, and Bob Turoff, who plays God in "Wholly Moses." Besides directing that piece, Jenny Aldrich Walker also performs in "Ancient Oaks" and "Homecoming for Jenny."
Details: Oct. 8-11, The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. Show Times: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $16.50. Information: starliteplayers.com.
-- Marty Clear