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'Summer Shorts' springs into its 19th season this month

(L-R) Irene Adjan, Elizabeth Dimon and Niki Fridh star in "Make John Patrick Shanley Go Home," one of the plays that are part of the Summer Shorts Festival 2014
(L-R) Irene Adjan, Elizabeth Dimon and Niki Fridh star in "Make John Patrick Shanley Go Home," one of the plays that are part of the Summer Shorts Festival 2014
George Schiavone

The advent of June means that Summer Shorts season is upon us.

This City Theatre short play festival features 10 works from the nation's top playwrights performed by an ensemble that blends award-winning South Florida veteran performers with exciting newcomers. The festival runs from June 12-July 6 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

"This year, we're inviting audiences to walk the red carpet into the 19th annual Summer Shorts Festival of the funniest short comedies in America, said Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli. "Our 2014 festival blends the best of live theater with a touch of glamor and glitz to create a sleek Miami theatrical event like no other," he added.

The festival features a line-up of plays selected for their ability to entertain, engage and, above all, wrap up things quickly, since these are multiple stories offered in a single performance.

This season's line-up boasts a new work from Obie-Award-winning writer and producer Paul Rudnick ("Jeffrey," "Addams Family Values") entitled "My Husband" and the world premiere production of "Shock and Awww" by Emmy Award-winning writers and co-authors Deb Lacusta and Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta, best known for their work on the animated TV series "The Simpsons."

There are also world premieres by award-winning playwrights Leslie Ayvazian, Steve Yockey, Holli Harms, Mira Gibson and Richard Dresser, as well as a regional premiere by John Minigan and the South Florida return of "The Scottish Play" by New World School of the Arts graduate Theo Reyna.

Tickets are $40 and $45 and can be obtained online or by calling the box office at (305) 949-6722.

More info: Adrienne Arsht Center