Recently premiering at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Fest, “Charlotte’s Shorts” is an amalgam of stories from the creative template of Charlotte Dean. She talks about dysfunctional types attracted to one another, putting the ‘fun’ back into ‘dysfunction.’ A wonderful eclectic medley of actors take the stage to read excerpts of her narratives, so naturally, that the audience would never know it’s a staged reading. Three comic standouts are Laraine Newman (Charlotte’s aunt); Tim Bagley; and Lynne Stewart. Tim pretends to be a young girl, in a way so disarming, one can truly visualize a young, quivering girl. Laraine Newman plays a babyish character who talks and acts like a frightened young person, so effectively and reminiscent of her days on Saturday Night Live.
Some notable lines of dialogue are “I’m going to be a real American lesbian when I grow up…” and “free sex is all I can afford,” setting the tone for scenes to follow. There is a lot said on the traumas of puberty, sexual identity, and ultimately being true to oneself, with pride, so timely in today’s precarious world.