By Bob Evans
Original Review on KC Applauds

A fresh voice in the KC Metro area, recent :University of Kansas graduate, Ben Schatzel offers his newest play “Dead Lines” that features an “art imitates life” scenario when two sketch comedy writers collaborate for a top TV comedy show.

The show at the Westport Coffee House for the 2018 KC Fringe Festival featured a cast of five actors who work their way though this piece. The play focuses on the two collaborative writers, two actors who act out the comedy ideas (on the opposite side of the stage) and a bar owner who bridges the gap and ties the two tandems together by appearing as a bartender and an actor.

According to the Fringe website: “Dead Lines is a comedy that tells the story of two sketch comedy show writers working together while exploring different aspects of their own relationship. As they collaborate, the stories that they come up with begin to be acted out by two actors in a separate acting space on the stage, giving us a glimpse of the world that the two writers create on a weekly basis. The imaginary world begins to meld with the real, escalating to conflict between the characters that inhabit both of those worlds.”

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