Trifles is a great old play about why men are stupid. Or else it applies generally to the way powerful people overlook the obvious concerns of the less powerful and the sad, severe consequences. Hey, we just made playwright Susan Glaspell into a 9/11 predictor! At "Three Stories," Trifles is one of the one-act comedies staged by the 16th Street Players; Anton Chekhov's The Marriage Proposal and The Apollo of Bellac by Jean Giraudoux are the others. Who knew Chekhov normally the king of people standing around awkwardly not discussing the horrible pain in their hearts even wrote a comedy? Obviously, the person with a theater arts degree who chose this interesting, intelligent trio of short plays.
April 9-18, 8 p.m., 2010