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The Overtime Providing An Original Local Theater Experience

Julya Jara
"Stripped" cast from the Overtime Theatre.

San Antonio theater-goers now have a huge variety of venues from which to choose. I spoke to
Overtime Theater’s Artistic Director Kyle Gillette, and he differentiates their objective this way.

“Devoted entirely to original works. And I really focus on choosing work that is both innovative and accessible,” he said.

There will be no Broadway hits at the Overtime — these are plays written by current playwrights, mostly local. The Overtime is at 1203 Camden Street on the other side of I-35 from Carlos Cortez’s Grotto, in the Museum Reach.

The currently-running show, “Stripped” by Rachel Joseph, depicts a series of relationships featuring boyfriends and girlfriends, a psychoanalyst and a play director. It’s all told at an amazingly brisk pace -- thirty-three scenes in an hour.

“That’s super fast!” said Gillette. “It’s an incredible ensemble. I’ve rarely had an experience where I’ve felt more delighted by the interactions among the cast. It’s an extremely intriguing piece, well worth seeing."

The Overtime is one of those intimate theaters where every seat is a good one.

“I think we seat about 44 in the little space" Gillette noted. "You’re right up close to the actors.”

“Stripped” runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. through March 22, and Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 in the afternoon. Parking is free and right next to the theater, under I-35.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii