Recommended by Daniel Prillaman

  • Last Call and Other Bar Plays
    11 Sep. 2022
    Bars vs public transportation is probably the final showdown. Where do we encounter people at their most primal? Their most strange? Where can we find the gamut of human emotion and existential struggle? Which one wins?

    Obviously, bars, because drinking is legally allowed. Blevins' collection of plays are three knockout pieces, one after another after another. It's a fantastic, enthralling group of characters that will make you laugh, gasp, and take your breath away, refusing to return it until ya slap a tip down on the table. This is a piece begging to be produced. Oblige it.
  • Are You A Freshman? (Tales From The Hill #5)
    9 Sep. 2022
    A humorous and heartfelt slice-of-life scene of the timeless struggle, "how the fuck does anyone actually maneuver through college and come out the other side with some well-adjusted growth?" Shep and Mitchell's individual struggles are beautifully real (a testament to Heyman's deft skill with dialogue and characterization), and it's a breath of fresh air to watch two strangers at the crossroads encounter one another.
  • Midnight Snack
    28 Aug. 2022
    You actually makes sense when you think about it. Of course the horror authors and librarians in the know are secretly operating behind the scenes for our good. Doing the messy work. The scary work, if you will. Baughfman's short is spooky, hilarious, and just an absolute hoot in every way. It even has poutine. You literally can't get better than that. Oh, wait, thoughtful commentary on the necessity and care of our libraries? I guess you can. Read this. Then do it.
  • Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here
    27 Aug. 2022
    What makes an anthology play truly special is seeing how each of the pieces intersect and complement one another. I won't spoil the sheer brilliance of how Dzubak's ending does this work, but rest assured that it DOES. It puts the entire evening into perspective, and simply lays out the groundwork that we all must acknowledge. Some people certainly perhaps deserve eternal punishment. But does everyone? Why? What's antiquated and what isn't? What's evil? What's desperation? What's hope? A lovely evening of theatre with plenty of roles to jump into.
  • Wine Box Players
    2 Aug. 2022
    Oh my god Emily. Oh my god Zach. What follows is both a hilarious comedy, and a small musing on decisions made in rage/breaking bad because goddammit the world is fucking bullshit and you deserve something for once. A surefire hit for any comedy lover, but because Cathro always provides, there is a storied history and some ethical debate to chew on underneath the bit. Beautiful, funny stuff.
  • Silent Vows
    2 Aug. 2022
    A tasty short in which so much is said without need of any audible words. This would be such a delight to watch or perform and is so fun to envisage from the page. I enjoy the constant checking from both to ensure they are, in fact, alone, and that no one is watching. Plumridge weaves a whole relationship from these two without a moment wasted.
  • I LOVE A PARADE, a 10-minute political drama
    23 Jul. 2022
    It is difficult to praise this play. Not because it fails to meet its marks, it's breathtaking and wrenching, as it should be. I mean the act of praising it is literally difficult when it's so easy to see how we get from today to the world depicted in Rose's chilling, deftly realized American future. Yes, this happens in any tyrannical state, but we all know what this one is. The masks are just so colorful.
  • 997 Pieces
    22 Jul. 2022
    My mother LOVES puzzles. My fiancee LOVES puzzles. My ADHD allows me to love puzzles for about 5 to 15 minutes. I have not the patience or willpower or strength to finish a 1000 piece puzzle, and doing it competitively in my old age against others would most definitely lead to my utter downfall. "997 Pieces" is hilarious, deceptively heartfelt, and a beautiful reminder of what happens to the things we love if we ever start to take them too seriously. The true winners here are the folks in the audience.
  • Delete
    21 Jul. 2022
    Succinct, haunting, and visually barren, Floyd-Priskorn's short play is a painful rumination on gun violence and suicide (intended or no). To say much more would work against the stark and surreal atmosphere created by the play and its dialogue, so I shall leave with this: "Read it. Then produce it."
  • Group/Text
    21 Jul. 2022
    I genuinely think I scraped through the "group project phase" of life without much PTSD, but Malone's play proceeded to unlock previously forgotten nightmares within the darkest depths of my soul. Thankfully, the play is an absolute hoot. Fun characters, SO MANY INVENTIVE POSSIBILITIES FOR STAGING, and a gradually unraveling web of personal chaos and ineptitude result in some perfect and wholesome cringe comedy for younger actors. I cannot describe how much I would have liked scenes like this to play with back then, because it's just pure merriment. Definitely check it out.