Synopses & Reviews
From silly chuckles and rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series, Selected Shorts. Featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood as performers, this collection finds Emmy Awardwinning actor Alec Baldwin enacting Julia Slavins Covered,” a far-out funny story of an unraveling thread and its grip on the protagonist. Queen of the Indies” Parker Posey deliciously explains how to teach a group of daffy seniors to swim without a pool in Miranda Julys The Swim Team.” Emmy Awardwinning comedian Stephen Colbert performs T. C. Boyles The Lie,” relating the yarn of a man who is drawn deeper and deeper into a tangled web of deceitand hilarity. Isaiah Sheffer hysterically delivers an epic once-in-a-lifetime recipe to challenge the bravest cook in Harry Mathews Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double).” Tony Awardwinner Christine Baranski recreates Thomas Meehans wacky whimsy about a cocktail party guest list composed of two syllable celebrity names in Yma Dream”the most popular comic tale in the history of the series.
"Symphony Space and its distinguished cast bring these favorite humorous short stories to the world of recorded audio. This compilation blends classics, such as Saki's 'The Schartz-Metterklume Method' (performed with sly humor by Marian Seldes) and Philip Roth's 'The Conversion of the Jews' (read with verve by Jerry Zaks) with more recent works, including Miranda July's 'The Swim Team' (milked for every laugh by Parker Posey). Thomas Mehan's 'Ima Dream' (performed with perfect timing by Christine Baranski) and Harry Mathews's 'Country Cooking from Central France' (given rather too much weight by Isaiah Sheffer) are one-line jokes that go on for too long. These entertaining stories will provide much-needed comic relief to combat winter's coming chill. and other adversities. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Symphony Space is the angel of the short story." Grace Paley, author, The Little Disturbances of Man
"Selected Shorts is one of the best evenings of the theatre." David Sedaris, Selected Shorts guest host and author, Me Talk Pretty One Day
"These entertaining stories will provide much-needed comic relief to combat winter's coming chill. and other adversities." Publishers Weekly
"Even More Laughs boasts pieces ranging from ironic to satirical to fall-on-the-floor funny." AudioFile Magazine (March 1, 2011)
About the Author
Symphony Space is a performing arts center based in New York City that fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy. This organization reaches audiences throughout New York City, the wider metropolitan area, andthrough distribution of programs via media such as radio, recordings, podcasts, and touringthe nation.