Recommended by Daniel Prillaman

  • NEON WIDOW
    15 Mar. 2022
    This play is bonkers. It is fucking wild and a goddamned delight. I will literally be digesting it (pun-intended, you'll get it) months from now. At one level, a fascinating, zany descent into PTSD and coping with trauma, at another, an eccentric marital comedy, and yet another, a horrifying saga of violence and daredevilry, there is so much here for actors, directors, and designers in equal measure. CSJ's skill is simply immense. I must see this staged. Until then, I shall be haunted (and entranced) by the image(s). Highly recommend.
  • And The Devil Makes Three
    12 Mar. 2022
    Theatre should make us uncomfortable. Right? How uncomfortable? Emotionally? What about physically? Do we truly want plays that assault us? When (not if, when) the productions of Rafala's play come along, I'll suppose we'll finally know. To say "prepare your senses" is perhaps cliche, but it's difficult to put into words the daring deftness on display within. In these pages, we are bombarded with ethical quandaries, moral dilemmas, lights and sounds, all of which are meant to pierce our sanity. When they do, we don't have time to think. That is, of course, until we do. A horrific, frozen epic.
  • There Are No Bad Hair Days
    11 Mar. 2022
    A tender, poignant, and affirming reminder that the only thing that just brutally sucks more than death is the regret of life wasted. What matters is grasping all of life that we can, and since we (rarely) know how much time we have, what a lament to not live in pursuit of wonder and kindness! Lovely little short to get anyone ruminating.
  • Falling Off the Edge (Full Length)
    8 Mar. 2022
    A fascinating character study of love, caution, recovery, and more. While the classic set-up provides the comedy we come for, Donnelly's play is also a sobering reminder, just because we've acknowledged our traumas and are working through them, doesn't mean we have any idea what we're doing. We're all doing our best. Sometimes that lines up with others in the same boat (or pool, or ocean), other times...not so much. Each character here is deeply drawn and lived in, and actors/directors would have a hell of a time diving into these roles.
  • LADYVILLE
    22 Feb. 2022
    Houston's world just sucks you in. There's a palpable sense of poetic dread seeping out of the set, through every line of dialogue. As we gradually realize the stakes of these young women's world, the metaphors hit, and hard. This is a beautiful play that I long to see staged, delving into and screaming at themes of abandonment, family, purpose, and more. And the visuals would be so chilling live. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time.
  • Snake Eyes
    21 Feb. 2022
    There's nothing more thought-provoking than the ethical quandary: "What would you do to achieve your dream?" Rafala's musing is manic, sardonic, and filled with moments to provoke (uncomfortable?) laughter. It takes shots at systemic poverty, religion, television, and more, but most of all, does so with distinct style and layered characters. There's so much for producing companies to run with here. This is my favorite kind of play, one that I could spend hours unpacking, but most notably, one that gives me something I sure as fuck have never seen before. Check this one out. Highly recommend.
  • Early Decision
    21 Feb. 2022
    Growing up is hard. As kids, we're expected to make increasingly weighty, life-altering decisions when we're still just trying to figure out ourselves. Poor Mo has to make decisions for two! And the other person is an imaginary elephant! What turmoil! Heyman's short play is an outstanding hoot, but also has a very tender heart at its center. It is a lovely way into the complex issues of letting go, growing up, and a gentle reminder that sometimes, the best thing a friend can do is to remember that your friends are their own people. Or elephants.
  • Adventurers Anonymous: An Epic in Monologues
    20 Feb. 2022
    Roleplaying has a remarkable capability for therapeutic benefit. This play is proof. And it is brilliant. Now, I love theatre and I love DND, so I am perhaps biased, but Kantor does a fantastic job of giving each of these women a unique, distinct voice and history. And each monologue LANDS. You'd think there'd be a weakling in the bunch, one that shines less than the others, but no. They are all amazing, and deal with delicate, soul-searching topics with the deft construction of a skilled DM. Highly recommend.
  • she was once most beautiful
    13 Feb. 2022
    Anytime Medusa shows up to have a chat, you have to acknowledge maybe there's something you're pushing down. Wry, twisting, and visually arresting, Karuc's play is a fantastic descent into the nightmare-scape of figuring out the self in the aftermath of trauma. Gabby's uneven internal battle for love, hope, purpose, acceptance, and everything in-between is mirrored beautifully by the constantly shifting world. There are so many delightful, theatrical images at play here, and producing companies would have a hell of a time mounting this piece of work.
  • The Unjust Sound of Unseen Waves
    7 Feb. 2022
    Few people on this earth have the deftness to create beautiful monsters like Scott Sickles. Creatures that could break your heart both figuratively and literally. In his newest, The Minotaur (that one!!) meets a new meal. Wait...no. Human? Uh...Doesn't matter, I guess. What matters is the journey that follows, a fascinating adventure of finding connection, illusion, and kindred spirits. Actors and designers alike will have a hell of a time crafting this world and its characters.

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