Temple Players opens its 17th season with a festival of one-act comedies

The Temple Players opens its 17th season with a staged reading of Tribal Humor 8: The Best of Tribal Humor, a festival of seven original one-act comedies on Thursday, June 26 and Sunday, June 29. The show will be held at Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull at 7:30 p.m.

These plays were previously presented when the group was based out of the former Temple Beth Sholom in Stratford and were selected as among “the best” in the popular “Tribal Humor” short-play series. Tribal Humor 8: The Best of ... is comprised of four plays by Stratford playwrights: The Conversion of Rivka Goldberg, by Orna Rawls, The Bar Mitzvah at Cana, by Steven Otfinoski, You Should Live So Long, by Tom Rushen and Rosalie & Julian, by Mark Lambeck. The festival also includes Moscow, by LoJo Simon of La Jolla, CA; Soldiers of the Lord, by Dave Madden of Westerly, RI; and A Free Pass, by Elizabeth Appel of Bethany, CT.

Among the themes, the plays explore are a mother/daughter bonding experience on a mountain in Idaho, a senior citizen love story, a challenge faced by Joshua’s soldiers before entering the promised land, a bar mitzvah in need of a miracle, and a couple who return to their synagogue after years of absence to ask the new rabbi for a favor.

Tickets for Tribal Humor 8 are $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and synagogue members. Presented in a cabaret-style setting, light refreshments are available for purchase. For more information and reservations, call 203-268-6940.