A trio of one-acts under way at the Cast is notable for a coherence seldom found in an evening of short plays. Playwright Clifton Campbell's "The Figure and Other Short Works" is so focused that you are unaware the performers are working on the set of another play, "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," also at the Cast.
The production is marked by a clean vocal line that quietly unites all three plays in terms of tone and converging themes, however disparate the stories themselves.
The shorter opening pair deal with a daughter revealing an uncomfortable truth to her father ("Fer de Lance"), and a screenwriter enduring fatuous criticism from his producer ("The Hour Business"). The longer, post-intermission piece draws two cynical Florida detectives into the maze of a murder investigation centered on a pair of teen-agers present at the discovery of a headless and handless corpse ("The Figure"). Each play ultimately deals with the question of personal identity. Revelations and personalities are deliciously peeled away like onion skin (as in the case of the two youths in "The Figure"), or burst forth (the daughter in "Fer de Lance"), or are comically, inadvertently exposed (the Hollywood producer in "The Hour Business").