Recommended by Hallie Palladino

  • Dance for Beginners
    11 Sep. 2017
    This lovely two-hander is about taking a chance on love and embracing the things that frighten you. Dance for Beginners is one of those rare love stories that shows people falling in love past middle age. Cozzola does a beautiful job of showcasing the unique vulnerabilities of her characters. Through dance Jerry and Jenni are able to express themselves, challenge each other and test the seriousness of each other's investment in the relationship. Their tenderness along with the boldness of their choices pulls us into this charming romance.
  • How to Raise a Pop-Up Kid
    11 Sep. 2017
    Popup Kid is full of sharp wit, unexpected juxtapositions and surprising discoveries. MT Cozzola's observation of character is excellent and her endearing protagonist grabs us from the get go. The play explores mother daughter relationships in a highly original way through the introduction of "the Popup" child. Through this lens Cozzola explores Chris's positive choice to live childfree in spite of her late mother's expectations. It is lovely to see a play about a woman embracing her professional ambitions and finding her own path to fulfillment. A delightful mix of magical realism and absurdist humor.
  • Losing My Religion (in 140 Characters or Less)
    1 Sep. 2017
    Hannah Langley's play is smart, funny and thought-provoking. The unlikely Twitter friendship between a young woman being raised whose family organizes hate-fueled demonstrations and a young Jewish man who is willing to keep the dialogue open even when he knows the worst. This play gives us a window into an American subculture that we rarely see in drama showing us that sometimes staying engaged and keeping the conversation going is the bravest thing we can do. It's a timely and important piece that treats the divisive issues it tackles with appropriate seriousness.
  • Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter
    26 May. 2017
    Dana Lynn Formby's play is an impactful examination of how war can transform the human psyche. As young Layla follows in the footsteps of her Marine father, a reclusive man whom she idolizes, they bond over Marine Corps culture of shared vocabulary, ritual and experience. Johnny delights in Layla's success as a Marine even as he fears for her safety and soul. This play never lectures or politicizes, it only humanizes. It's heartbreaking, important and perennially relevant, one of those uncommon American tragedies that feels like a classic even though it's brand new.