Recommended by Daniel Prillaman

  • Chapter Envy
    9 Jun. 2021
    One thing I love about Malone is how he mines the absolute most out of a premise. From the simple to the complex, from the real to the absurd, he leaves no stone unturned or possibility by the wayside. In "Chapter Envy," the struggle of a married couple in sharing (which, in this case, is not caring) a novel proves unendingly tense, hysterical, and inventive. While intended for younger performers, actors and audiences of any age will enjoy and relate to the hell out of this short play.
  • The Oktavist
    9 Jun. 2021
    A powerhouse of a ten minute play, and without hyperbole, one of the best I've ever seen. Gatton's piece almost leaves me at a loss for words, for fear I spoil its genius and machinations by saying more. I will say it's funny, heartfelt, mournful, and so unbelievably layered, culminating in a fantastic monologue wherein Dimitri describes something he doesn't quite understand, but we instantly do. And then, of course, we go one step further. Perform this. Study it in class settings. You don't find much better than this.
  • Eating in the Dark
    9 Jun. 2021
    A handy, divine metaphor for the mental stress and trauma of dealing with obesity and eating disorders, Lamedman's short comedy is a thoughtful, poignant hoot. I also applaud the restraint on display, as it's so easy with this kind of piece to punch down with the subject matter. The characters' battles are real, treated honestly, and they affect each other genuinely. Lovely work.
  • The Interior
    9 Jun. 2021
    This one will stick with you. Sickles' solo piece is thrilling, creepy, and evocative, standing with the best of the best "lost in the woods" stories. The horror is first-rate, as always, but the true gems of this play sneak up on us (as well as Skylar), and paint a lasting image and perturbation in our minds. It's just delightful in the least comforting of ways, and the ending manages to throw everything on its head, leaving us with plenty to ponder. You could do this hundreds of ways, and you should.
  • Of Course I'm Right
    6 May. 2021
    We've all heard the adage. "Don't feed the trolls." Whatever we're looking for, whatever we're hoping to gain, whatever we're trying to prove, the anonymity of the internet has brought the worst of humanity to a bigger platform than ever, and to enter combat against it is futile. Richter's short play is hilarious (for us), excellently astute, and brilliant, especially once the origin of the discourse is revealed. Why is it always [spoilers] fans? Just give up, Simon.
  • Muddy Sneakers
    2 May. 2021
    I really love this play. We often see meanness in teens, but rarely do we see such internal ugliness as Alex puts on display here, and it's such a great choice (to see and for the actor). Both of these roles are absolute powerhouses, and McClain's short drama is full of juicy power shifts, delightful symbolism, and loud silences. It's just so good. Seriously. We don't see plays like this as much as we should. Highly recommend.
  • APEX PREDATOR
    2 May. 2021
    Horror runs the spectrum of possible to fantastical, and Carnes reinforces the notion that the worst, most frightening things that can happen are the things that CAN happen. Probably have happened. Many times. Bob and Dan say they're just having fun, but they know what they're really doing. We all do. The simple fact of the matter is, men don't have to worry about ever being in this situation. We don't go through life keeping an exit strategy in the backs of our heads. A commanding, sobering, terrifying piece of writing. I wish it didn't have to exist.
  • Janmadin
    1 May. 2021
    I really don't know how to classify this play and that is one reason why I love it. It's funny, wholesome, mysterious, scary. Without spoiling too much, it's also a mournful horror with a happy ending. What?! It takes a deft hand to mix this many emotions together and make it feel cohesive, but Gatton's structure is immaculate, complete with one of the best left-turns in anything ever. A wild and thought-provoking ride on every level, this is a fantastic piece of writing that would thrill any audience.
  • Bottle Episode
    1 May. 2021
    There's nothing so profound and fundamentally changing as an existential crisis, so to know that even inanimate objects can experience them is both reassuring and terrifying. Gill's mastery of comic timing is on full display here, but even more brilliant is his subtle, gradual descent into a blistering critique of (some of) humanity's response to climate change and environmentalism. When we all melt in the glorious heat of the sun, are we truly different than our titular hero? Won't we theoretically melt faster?
  • Martin's Treehouse
    26 Apr. 2021
    A poignant, deeply moving portrayal of two kids working through something no child should have to. Unfortunately, death reaches us all, and Bluestein-Lyons' play is an unflinching exploration of coping with grief while still discovering the world around us (both real and imaginary). I appreciate how she doesn't sugarcoat the heavier aspects of grief, and allows the kids to have and feel and battle with complex, mature emotions (because they do!). The script is tight and filled with wonder, and I long to see it produced with a group of artists who know how to fill a stage with imagination.

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