Force of Nature Productions does various anthology shows along different themes. Tales from Tomorrow consists of tiny plays about fantasy and science fiction, preferably with a twist.
Magnum Opus (by Steven W. Alloway and directed by Roger Weiss) is one of the most "Twilight Zone-eque" of the short plays. Essentially a violinist (Jennifer Novak Chun) signs a pact with Satan (Stephanie Rojo) and it doesn't go as planned. As per usual. Interestingly, in this case the seller desires neither fortune nor fame, not a new life, not revenge or a better world. Likewise in this case the Devil is a hot young woman in a miniskirt. All well and good, but while well done this does suffer from an inherent problem in ten minute plays--how to convey so much passion in so little time. This story hinges on passion coupled with disappointment. I enjoyed it, but did not feel it
simply because I never get a chance to really know the violinist.
Overall a very enjoyable set of shows.
Tales from Tomorrow plays Sundays at 7:30pm until July 23, 2017 at the Studio/Stage, 520 North Western Avenue (just south of Melrose), Los Angeles CA 90004.