These five clever one-acts are stylishly directed by Kerrie Kean: "Resin," by Brian Lennon, the most substantial work, is a Strindbergian tale of longtime gay lovers (Carlo Serna and Brett Holland) who are at war because each is determined to impose his own definition on their relationship. In "Satiety," by Lennon and Tom Martin, a garrulous young man (Danny Junod) encounters a loony, possibly homicidal young woman (Jessica Wright) in an airport restaurant. Alan Ball's "The M Word" features Wright and Steve Rifkin as lovers who are such control freaks that even their courtship must be conducted via scheduled PowerPoint presentations. Simone Cook's sweetly comic "Love in War" presents a young couple (Cook and Keith Robinson) whose relationship is complicated by the birth of their child. And in Lennon's "Ruth," brothers Ian (Rifkin) and Jason (Junod) are staying in a bed-and-breakfast in Ireland, presided over by proprietress Ruth (Angelina Leaf), but Jason is so arrogant, opinionated and meanly argumentative that all who know him are driven to thoughts of homicide. The plays aren't all of equal merit, but all are entertaining, the casts are versatile and engaging, and the uncredited minimalist sets are elegantly appointed. The Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m., through May 2. Produced by White Buffalo Theatre Company. (818) 925-4021.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 9. Continues through May 2, 2010