Death Defying Acts features three one-act comedies. 'An Interview' by David Mamet, sees a lawyer literally damn himself with his own words. It's a surreal play about the subtleties of language and truth. But did he really bury the lawn-mower? 'Hotline' by Elaine May, in which a Manhattan suicide hotline welcomes Ken, a newly trained counsellor for his first shift on the phones. There he encounters Dorothy, a force of nature whose call proves a little much for him, his colleagues and the police department. 'Central Park West' by Woody Allen, a well-to-do psychiatrist has just discovered that her best friend is having an affair with her husband and invites her over to have it out, after partaking of a little Dutch courage. Things become complicated by the arrival of both of their husbands followed by an attractive young college student in this classic New York comedy.
- Anton Krause