Recommended by Julie Zaffarano

  • Good Cuban Girls
    16 Mar. 2019
    A beautiful, heartfelt, family play about three generations of women who are tightly bound by their love and culture. Good Cuban Girls is a triumph of the importance of taking strength from one’s roots while living one’s life. Soaring and inspirational.
    16 Mar. 2019
    So much to love about this play. Espinoza explores the cost of intellectual and philosophical passions versus the desire for love, acceptance, and basic living needs. She challenges her audience to look at the present and the past in a truthful and authentic way. Original and ingenious.
  • Esther Choi and the Fish that Drowned
    15 Mar. 2019
    Ester Choi is a young woman struggling with abandonment, grief, anger, as she questions her motivations and choices. As Walters masterfully reveals her characters through a series of telling vignettes, we are drawn into their familiar, yet unsettling world.
    15 Mar. 2019
    Calem’s modern twist on the Rapulzel fairy tale is fresh and engaging. The momentum builds a typical mother/ daughter relationship tension to something deeper as the world begins to implode. Well done.
  • Honey Bee Baby
    15 Mar. 2019
    Honey Bee Baby is an eerie futuristic play of personal rights versus government control and propaganda. The characters portrayed in the story are real and can’t (sorry — can not) quite fit into a world that tries to wipe out kindness and humanity. Clever and haunting.
  • Dead Meat
    10 Mar. 2019
    A gripping, crazy-assed (in the best way possible), terrifying, hysterically funny portrayal of the end of the world. Three flawed men desperately to try hang on to a crazy perception of “dudeness” as the real world crumbles. Zubel’s brilliant play will keep you up all night thinking about it.
    17 Feb. 2019
    Wyndham is a genius in cramming so many emotions and a clear character arc into short monologues. The anger, desire, humor, desperation, and, ultimately, power of this character are clearly defined, You can see them huddled in the freezing room, and, as each layer the ridiculous winter clothing comes off, so does each layer of insecurity.
  • The Thoughtful Lunch
    4 Feb. 2019
    Smart and funny, this play speaks to our relationship insecurities, framed against typical work place annoyances. The smelly refrigerator, the filthy coffee pot — we’ve all endured it — and the coworkers that are closer than family. But the crowning jewel of this play is the angst over trying to read the status of a lover’s true depth of feelings through a home made lunch. Jackson has another hit in this play.
  • The Return of the Shogun
    3 Feb. 2019
    Jackson gives us a poignant view of a boy who’s world is failing him. Even at his young age, he knows what is right and wrong — he shows wisdom and bravery beyond his years. I’ve had the privilege to see this show staged and hope to see it again. Well done.
  • Tribe of the Brightest Sun
    27 Jan. 2019
    A compelling story of three women in varying stages of life, each with a unique story of what brought them to this strange and filthy and beautiful world. Roa shows his adeptness at creating authentic dialog that is measured and effective. Well done.