Recommended by Daniel Prillaman

  • Crawlspaceblog
    29 Oct. 2021
    Deliciously thought-provoking, darkly funny, and somehow simultaneously one of the most innocent and creepy things I've ever read, Kane's play is pure fire. The best character studies make us empathize, but leave out a voice of judgment and condemnation, letting us make that final call. Is what Claire's doing really so bad? Healthy? Is Jenna's personality really that genuine? What really is any interaction we've ever had ever? I will be thinking of this one for a long time, and I need to "watch" somebody do it. This play instantly turned me into a Kane fan, you'll feel the same.
  • Lawnpeople
    26 Oct. 2021
    Brutally feeling, deeply layered, and mired in heartwrenching and hope in equal measure, Temesgen's play will blow you out of the water. The ethical, nigh impossible choices at hand deftly bring us to the line of "what you would do?" and the scenes move at a brisk, neatly escalating pace. Atop everything else, the haunting visage of Solymar's daughter is brilliant, adding the perfect touch of pure theatricality into the otherwise realistic world. The picture "Lawnpeople" paints of grief (for those living, for those gone, and for those who never were) is absolutely stellar. Highly recommend.
  • EDGAR ALLAN POE'S THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
    20 Oct. 2021
    A delightfully fun adaptation of Poe's classic story with the pitch-perfect level of creepy, Cross' tight script will hypnotize and transfix audiences of all ages. The timeliness of the play is undeniable (unfortunately), a solid reminder that disease is unfeeling. Without precaution, sometimes even with, it will find you. A better example of some old-school horror will be hard to find.
  • They're In There
    17 Oct. 2021
    A delicious little creepfest short sure to hit with actors, technicians, and audiences alike. Busser gives a tight guidance for the horror at hand, but still allows so much room for play, which is lovely to see. The "is it all in his head?" motif is one we see often, but the twist here (which I dare not spoil) is quite ingenious, and different. Fun piece.
  • Slaymaker
    13 Oct. 2021
    There's a loud minority of "gamers" who view their hobbies as a shelter. In Jay's case (an example of too many out there), MTG isn't so much a fun card game, but a haven where he can find the power and status he's sorely lacking in his daily life. No wonder the toxic masculinity and rage comes out when women "intrude". It's a despicable existence, and Dickens Assaf's natural dialogue pulls no punches. The character study at work here offers no sympathy for these struggling people. It’s up to us to judge them. Brilliant, dynamic piece.
  • Cassie Strickland Is Not Under the Bed
    9 Oct. 2021
    You can call it whatever you want. It takes many forms. Stress. Anxiety. Paranoia. Trauma. We don't ever get a solid, concrete reason explaining Clay's fear, and we don't need it, because whether it's founded or not (is it?), it's real to him. And it is DESTABILIZING. To say more about the contents of this play would be to ruin its magic (another reason I so adore Gatton's work), but rest assured you are in the best of hands. A delightful, horror-filled exploration of the havoc our minds can wreak.
  • Owl Creek
    5 Oct. 2021
    Delightfully creepy, full of dread, and entrenched in good, old small town secrets, McClain's riff on Bierce's short story is fantastic. This script is filled with moment after escalating moment of "something is wrong," and I want nothing more than to see it live. The mysteries at hand loom over every scene, and the sound/set design would be such FUN to figure out and nail together. If you're looking to give more horror scripts a chance, it would be unwise to neglect this one.
  • Babies React To...
    28 Sep. 2021
    I don't like this play. It is very good. It's excellent. But it makes me uncomfortable and is almost too real. In lesser hands than Cathro's, it would maybe be exploitative. Instead, it is a brutal reminder of how innocently and calmly the internet/social media can bring out the worst in us. And not only bring it out, but give it even more power to wreak its havoc. Beware.
  • Stintz Milestrip Center
    28 Sep. 2021
    A fabulous, theatrical spectacle of a play that I want to experience over and over. Marchant has built a slice-of-life epic, set somewhere in a slowly dying, but clinging to life strip mall. The characters kill time with conversations through themselves, their phones, singing to almost no one, messing with displays, and more, but the pacing at hand is so masterful that every silence is just endlessly charged. A delicious commentary and exploration of retail life and the work struggle. Highly recommend.
  • Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?
    25 Sep. 2021
    Powerful, fantastical, and brilliantly theatrical, this play is just everything. Vondy's epic is subtle and devilishly clever, beginning in the realm of historical fiction that you think will just scratch your true crime itch, but it becomes so much more vast and intimate, filling our heads with wonderous questions and commentary on sexism, identity, legacy, and everything in between. The wordplay and stage imagery in here is endlessly delightful, and I cannot recommend it enough. Read it. Produce it. Now. Forever.

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