Recommended by Emma Goldman-Sherman

  • How You Kiss Me Is Not How I Like To Be Kissed
    11 Jul. 2020
    A lyrical play that seems so simple but unfolds to reveal the depths of a significant relationship that is so recognizably and relatably human. An absence of irony makes Giles a very open-hearted and sincere writer, and yet there is nothing sappy about this. With 2 great roles for actors!
  • To Change a Tampon: How It Is, and How It Should Be
    11 Jul. 2020
    Hageman is a National Treasure! To write a play such as this with its fabulous language fun and its dramatic excitement and theatricality is exactly what this country needs! Hageman to the rescue! Thank you Emily Hageman, even though I don't menstruate anymore ever, I love you for this, because so many female type things still do!!!!!!
  • Buried Roots
    10 Jul. 2020
    This is wonderful work. I saw the taping at the Parsnip Ship and was incredibly moved by this unexpected tale. Johnson is great at grounding her work in a very real place where her characters face tough choices and high stakes. They make bad decisions and deal with consequences, and yet she manages to pull so much together at the end to offer us a unique and hopeful vision that remains grounded in what real life might hold.
  • Rights of Passage
    10 Jul. 2020
    Wonderful work! This is an edge of your seat drama that never stops revealing itself. I highly recommend this play that does not flinch. Johnson's characters are clear and complex, and she provides great roles any actors would jump at the chance to play. This is an easily producible show that should be on all the stages across the country NOW!
  • Border Towns
    10 Jul. 2020
    Beautiful work. A very strong dramatic set up. A play with distinct characters with distinct speech patterns. An impossible situation. No easy answers. And yet there is a moving ending. It is clear from this slice of life in an airport where so many people move from one place to another that here are two edges of two different worlds colliding for a few moments, and Johnson makes us care, and she makes something happen. Wonderful work!
  • black kitchen sink
    9 Jul. 2020
    What a brilliant kitchen sink drama where the female characters get to claim abuses suffered at the hands of the patriarch and drown the dead in the lake, to show the scars wrought and take that history as power for the future. I'm grateful for this drama and all its lyrical and bold dialogue that gets to the heart of familial familiar hierarchies and tries to turn them around.
  • To the Zoom and Back
    8 Jul. 2020
    Adorable with many great lines to laugh at, this is a highly enjoyable short Zoom play that brings together two completely different characters for a first date. Making the best of what seems to be a terrible match the play turns around with the glimpse of a cardinal. I love that the view in the background has bearing on the play, and that Robin - another bird of a sort - is listening to every word from offstage. The ending only adds to the pleasure of this warm-hearted play for love in the time of Covid.
  • Lucy in the Sky With Donna
    8 Jul. 2020
    A marvelously theatrical exchange between strangers on an airplane, and just when you think it can't get more real, it does! Lucy and Donna seem to me to be two of a kind who go for the jugulars as often as they can out of their own desperate straits, a kind of lashing out that ends up - well I won't ruin it for anyone! Read it and produce it! Great roles for women of a certain age.
  • LITTLE WOMEN...NOW
    8 Jul. 2020
    A marvelous re-imagining of this classic for today! Thank you Donna Hoke for remaking Little Women so that it is exactly the same and completely new! This will be a wonderful addition to any theatre's holiday family offering, and I am sure it will get done often!
  • WHAT A MEMORY LOOKS LIKE
    8 Jul. 2020
    It's sad and then it gets horrifying and then it's sad again - like maybe sad is the best it can be? I love this play because it is really angering and upsetting without having to lecture or tell us - we know. The realization, the moment of recognition is in us in the audience. And everything is broken. So beautifully written, will be great to see on its feet if we live that long!

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