As the house lights go up at the end of Brief Encounters, the Lake Worth Playhouse's second annual one-acts festival, the cast shuffles on stage, folding chairs in tow. Each Friday night of the three-week festival, audience members can stick around to ask questions and chat with the cast. The actors sprawl in their chairs. Some seem tentative; some elbow one another and make jokes. A hand goes up. Someone asks a rhetorical question that is obviously an inside joke. Several people on stage and in the audience chuckle. These inside jokes and the sense of familiarity are not simply evidence of the camaraderie among actors. As it turns out, these people (actors and audience) know one another well.... More >>>