One Night Stand.
An Overnight Musicals production. Produced, directed by Elisabeth Sperling, Trish Dalton. Reviewed on DVD. New York, Aug. 8, 2011. (In NewFest.) Running time: 74 MIN.
With: Cheyenne Jackson, Rachel Dratch, Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Scarlett Strallen, Tamara Tunie, Theresa McCarthy, Alicia Witt, Trade Thoms.
Starting from scratch, a frazzled but talented group of artists must write, cast, direct, rehearse and present four 20-minute Broadway musicals in 24 hours in "One Night Stand," a documentary that perfectly conveys the creative insanity unleashed in the process. Using split-screens and intercutting between the four different playlets at each stage of development, helmers Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton maintain nervous tension while revealing the quasi-miraculous process of building scripts, songs and characters out of thin air. This attractively lensed, dynamically edited NewFest award winner could fit an urban arthouse niche, and seems tailor-made for PBS or cable.