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Find Proof too long and boring? CPT's got some plays for you.

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Cleveland Public Theatre’s At-TEN-tion Span: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays is tailor-made for modern audiences. Taking their cue from flashy TV shows, the eight blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em works feature bright lights, zippy action, and continuous set shifts. Organizer Greg Vovos says if viewers aren’t snagged within the first 20 seconds of a play, they probably won’t watch at all. More than 400 works were submitted for consideration this year. They included pieces by both established and amateur playwrights. Vovos helped narrow the field. “These plays are a journey,” he says, “a journey that has an energy to it.” Kathleen Cahill, Steven Korbar, Steve Strangio, and others contribute 10-minute plays with subjects such as zombies who live in a hip neighborhood, a blind man who places a personal ad, and a desert-island couple that receives a block of ice in the mail. Vovos hopes the winning works will keep audience members engaged: “They have characters that experience a change beyond gimmicks.”
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Oct. 11. Continues through Oct. 27, 2007

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