Review On Moving On: The One-Acts 2019


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


At Move On, EST/LA's 2019 One-Act Festival, member-playwrights from two of the company's playwrighting units present five plays in 90 minutes. From the inexplicable to the sublime, these short run-downs don't do them justice:

In Rock Logic. written by Sophia Lewis, a pair of lovers take a detour on the way to a funeral to contemplate the implacability of nature in the face of loss.

Smiling Cat Candy Heart, written by Jennie Webb, is as light-hearted as it sounds.

Divorced parents revisit to old wounds, in part when their daughter speaks only in emojis.

The Cold Place, written by Ashley Rose Wellman tries to navigate a difficult transition as two acquaintances enter into an elaborate, out-of town assignation that veers off-course.

My favorite, Signing-Off, written by Ken Levine features an aging talk-show host who must “vet” his insufferably cocky replacement.

For sheer fun, Possible Deranged Lunatic, written by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt depicts this consistently funny, perfect-for-Halloween mystery, but rather than spine-tingling, the results are hilarious. EST-LA consistently does a lot with a little and these playlets are no exception.

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.