Angry, Hungry, Horny & Tired 

Angry, Hungry, Horny & Tired, WNEP Theater Foundation, at TinFish Theatre. Men are by nature whiners and cowards. Stick a guy in a relationship and the truth is revealed: caught in the throes of love, even the biggest alpha male degenerates into a simpering pile of impotent mush. At least that's the premise behind WNEP's latest production, a collection of three new one-acts that examine relationships from a male perspective.

"Angry, Hungry, Horny & Tired" busts out of the gate with Michael Ross's I Married Medea, which recasts the classical tale of Jason and Medea, complete with decapitated heads and a Greek chorus, as a 1950s-style sitcom. Ross's dialogue also takes its cue from Woody Allen: Medea deadpans, "All the women in my family kill with poison apparel." Though unabashedly derivative, I Married Medea is blessedly short, compact, and tightly scripted.

That's a great deal more than can be said of the other plays. Though expertly acted and fairly evenhanded in its approach, Dave Stinton's Snapshots is sabotaged by its giant leaps in time and logic, which lead up to an emotionally hollow climax. Brendan Gardiner's The Talkers, about two janitors who sit in the basement of a Catholic high school and shoot the breeze, is probably the most authentic script of the three. Too bad it's also one more demonstration of how transcribing real life ultimately produces long-winded, boring theater. --Nick Green

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