Recommended by Greg Hovanesian

  • Queen of Sad Mischance
    17 Feb. 2019
    Queen of Sad Mischance is a beautiful play that leads the viewer/reader down a path that is at once very sad and very human. The disintegration of one’s thoughts and mind, whether through Alzheimer’s or another cognitive disease, is something that many people deal with, but Minigan has portrayed it in a way that shows how the intersection of care and selfishness often clash in unexpected ways. The realness of this play is startling, and the choices and decisions made are, in ways, simultaneously terrible and pragmatic, resulting in a moving, thought-provoking play.
  • Three Triple Six Four Oh Five Three
    17 Feb. 2019
    This play is incredibly moving and powerful. While addressing many issues in a short amount of time, at its core it’s about the love between a father and son, and the ways in which each try to help the other to survive in a “rigged” world. Ultimately, each man rejects the other’s offer of help, out of necessity more than anything else. It’s a heartbreaking look at the world we live in.
  • Death of a Driver
    3 Feb. 2019
    Death of a Driver is truly mesmerizing. The people who inhabit its pages seem so real that it’s as if the reader can smell the dirt on their shoes, can taste the beer they’re drinking. It touches on so many subjects, and addresses so many issues, and yet, at its heart this play is about relationships, friendship, and people. It’s beautifully moving, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for several hours after I finished reading it.
  • Direct Quoth
    2 Feb. 2019
    For anyone who appreciates the work of Poe, this play is a must-read. Hageman has expertly captured the voice of the narrator from Poe’s epic poem, but even more interestingly she’s created a voice for the Raven: the bird who once only said “Nevermore” is now able to open up to the world with a plethora of wisecracks and supreme knowledge. This play was so much fun to read! And as an avid Poe fan, it was satisfying to read something inspired by a famous piece and written in such a loving way.
  • Kentucky Lemonade
    27 Jan. 2019
    Zaffarano’s play Kentucky Lemonade feels so real that it’s as if the reader is placed into the room where the story takes place: one almost feels as if they’re leaning on a counter unseen, listening in to the wonderful dialogue that sparkles throughout this play. This is a wonderful story about the difficulties of being a part of a family.
  • The Devil Eats Oreos?
    15 Dec. 2018
    We live in two worlds: the adult world, and the child world. The adult world is rational, logical, safe. The child world is terrifying, filled with monsters and danger. Most plays stay in the adult world, and for most of this play Bohannon keeps us there, creating a sad and moving atmosphere. But with startling speed the play shifts worlds, leading the viewer/reader to a scary, irrational place that’s difficult to make sense of. This play is delightfully terrifying: it scares us in the most visceral way, bringing us back to forgotten places.
  • EGG IN SPOON
    13 Dec. 2018
    EGG IN SPOON moves from fun and entertaining to absolutely terrifying in the span of minutes. The reader/viewer has the chance to enjoy some wonderful banter between the four women on stage before things suddenly become very dark and scary. Carnes has delivered a play that expertly shows how the erosion of rights that would seem to be universal not only can disappear, but can disappear with a whimper, without anyone seeming to care. In 2018, as we watch and listen to what’s happening to our world, this is an incredibly important and powerful play.
  • The Wicked Life of Patience Boston
    2 Dec. 2018
    When one thinks of Bible passages and Cotton Mather sermons, images of Puritan New England often come to mind. And in this play, THE WICKED LIFE OF PATIENCE BOSTON, that is certainly true. But there’s a certain electricity to this play that transcends the puritanical rigidity of the setting: Stubbles has written a play that brings to life the rampant sexism and peonage of the time with the ferocity of a hallucinogenic drug wedging itself into someone’s psyche during a family dinner gone bad. It should be read and hopefully will be heard.
  • Burgers
    18 Nov. 2018
    For anyone who has acted, particularly on film, and has been to auditions, sometimes feeling more like a number than a person, BURGERS is a monologue that should resonate. Sapio has written a wonderful piece that illustrates how people are turned into commodities by their professions, losing their human-ness in order to further the goals of others. It also shows just how wasteful some aspects of our society are. Any actor who has had bad experiences at auditions should read this piece: there’s a lot of room to turn up the emotional heat and seek revenge through performance.
  • Chase
    18 Nov. 2018
    For millions of people across the world, racism, whether overt or aversive, is the cause of hardship. In CHASE, the racism on the surface is blatant: two white high school students taunting two teammates, one African-American and one Hispanic. But for Jerome, the play’s protagonist, the bigger obstacle is the institutional racism of the world he lives in. Imani Alyse Redman demonstrates just how difficult the struggle is for people of color in America, and how hard one must fight to overcome the traps laid out by our society.

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