The 60-some one-acts (three per night) in Bailiwick Repertory’s Directors Festival 1992, produced by Cecilie Keenan, range from plays and musicals to performance art and monologues; some are well-established classic and contemporary selections, while others are brand-new pieces. They’re mounted by a slew of directors, most of them little known, who are looking for an avenue to showcase their work and get their names out to the public. See? It’s working already. The final week’s “Best of the Fest” event reprises a handful of shows deemed to be the worthiest of repetition. Each night’s admission price is good for any or all shows that evening; listed starting time is for the whole night’s program, so call the theater if you’re just interested in seeing a particular show. Bailiwick Repertory, through April 26 (Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, 32 7-5252). Through April 16: Sundays, 7 PM; Mondays-Wednesdays, 7.30 PM; Thursday, April 16, 7:30 PM. April 23 through 26: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM; Sunday, 3:30 PM. $6 for any or all one-acts per evening through April 16; $1O for “Best of the Fest” shows April 23 through 2 6.


IN FIREWORKS LIE SECRET CODES John Guare’s play about anguish and anecdotes on the Fourth of July is directed by Nathan Gumley.

PROWLERS James Lynch directs Paul Minx’s drama about a family in crisis.

THE PROPOSAL Anton Chekhov’s comedy about a father, his daughter, and her nervous suitor is directed by Philip Euling.


TIME AND TIDE A young couple in World War II-era France deal with their relationship in their small apartment, while the war rages outside. Jeff Helgeson’s play is directed by Thomas Groenwald.

KEEP YOUR PANTS ON No, it’s not about Bill Clinton. A young widow disguises herself as her late husband to survive in politically unstable Germany. Christopher Salter directs Manfred Karge’s work.

APRES OPERA Michael Bigelow Dixon and Valerie Smiths play about an encounter in a theme restaurant “could be subtitled ‘The Baker, the Waitress, His Ex, and Her Lover,'” says a Bailiwick press release. Robert Koon directs.


OUTCASTS Two retirees consider their lives, in James Severns’s staging of Brad Parker’s comedy.

FREAKS The star attraction in a freak show goes on a diet, in Frank Higgins’s new play. Tony Noice directs.

THE PUBLIC Federico Garcia Lorca’s surrealist tragedy, directed by Derek Goldman, explores love, death, and theology in relation to the sexual and political oppression under which the homosexual antifascist Spanish playwright lived.


MOTHERLOVE Joan Wolton’s play examines “the complexities and absurdities. surrounding the issue of surrogate motherhood.” Karen Fort directs.

CONT(R)ACT Max Burbank’s new surreal comedy about “the terror of crossing the line from the familiar to the unknown” is directed by Marc Rosenbush.

THE RESPECTFUL PROSTITUTE Jean-Paul Sartre’s study of injustice is set in the American south in the mid-1940s. Jennifer Markowitz directs.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Kimberley Moe.