Joan Lipkin and Darin Slyman, of the VITAL Voice, have paired up to produce the fourth annual "Briefs" short play festival. The acting and direction, as well as the enthusiastic audience, have always been strengths of the production, and each year the overall production values improve. Lipkin always builds a thematically linked storyline, featuring themes relevant to the LGBT community, allies and supporters. This year's story thread, which transitions from hesitation and confusion to insecurity and pain before ending on a note of strength, compassion and power, is well articulated and expertly layered.
Briefs, it was called, because – well, because they were brief. Ten or essay writer 15 minutes. But there were seven of them, so together they made a full evening of theatre. But they only lasted one brief weekend.