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Laughing at the darkness

Woody Allen’s one-acts confront existential crises

Denton Community Theatre presents a pair of one-act plays by writer, director and filmmaker Woody Allen this weekend at the PointBank Black Box Theatre.

Dennis Welch directs Death, a darkly funny tale of one man’s paranoid, Kafkaesque experience. Kleinman, the protagonist, is caught between conflicting factions trying to catch a killer at large. Kleinman, a logical man in a mad world, is indecisive and insecure. He doesn’t want to get involved but everyone is after him to make a choice. He is even accused of being the culprit.

Sean Frith directs God, a silly romp through the history of theater. Set in an empty Greek amphitheater, this play-within-a-play switches back and forth between ancient Athens and modern Broadway. A Greek actor and a writer are discussing how to end a play. Peppered with metaphysical and philosophical questions, the play skids along until the actor and writer conclude that it lacks a beginning as well as an end.

— Staff report

DEATH & GOD

  • What: Denton Community Theatre presents two one-act plays by Woody Allen.
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St.
  • Details: Tickets cost $15. Seating is general admission. To purchase tickets, call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .