Recommended by John Minigan

  • Three Ladybugs
    15 Mar. 2020
    Three Ladybugs is a lovely short play, filled with loss, hard choices, surprises and more than a little wonder. The parallel questions--in the ladybugs and the unseen humans--give it the quality of a parable, looking at the small but opening up larger issues. This would be a real treat for actors and director.
  • Santa's Dolphins
    14 Mar. 2020
    This play manages to be delightful, funny, and cautionary all at the same time. It's a rom-com that makes the case that differences don't have to divide us, and a warning about the changes we're causing in the natural world. An outstanding short piece that entertains and stays with you.
  • WHAT THEY THINK WE ARE
    14 Mar. 2020
    This is a remarkably fine-tuned play. Malakhow's characters, Raymond and Sasha, are clear and compelling, with inner struggles that become too large to keep inside, on a roller-coaster ride through a semester at boarding school where they are treated as "outsiders" by race, economic background, and sexual orientation. This play FLIES, with crisp dialogue, but also with a highly theatrical sense of the world around Sasha and Raymond, conveyed through projections, and inner worlds conveyed by projected texts, solo moments, and music. Once again, a Nick Malakhow play I can't wait to see on stage
  • With Improvements by the Actors
    17 Feb. 2020
    A very funny, farcical look at what playwrights have had to deal with in rehearsal since at least 1600. Great roles and great running gags throughout!
  • My Body
    17 Feb. 2020
    I had the pleasure to sit with an audience in this "flip the script" play about bodily autonomy. The play masterfully moves the audience from early laughs to nodding of heads and strong verbal affirmations of the message. A powerful and clear piece.
  • Digital Detox
    17 Feb. 2020
    Cynthia Arsenault's comic satire hits at a truth that's pretty powerful and on-target--that the more plugged in we are to the online world, the weaker the connection we have to the people around us. This play provides the dopamine hits we're used to getting from our internet addictions. Funny and necessary.
  • St. Francis
    4 Feb. 2020
    A sharp and compelling play built around the story of Tessa, a character who grabs you from the first moment. It's hard to always fully like her as a person--but it's impossible not to end up loving her and sympathizing with her passionate shelter work and her need for love. She has complex relationships with all around her, and most complex is her relationship with her father, and it's a connection that leads to a final moment whose beauty you can only gasp at.
  • The Stakeout
    4 Feb. 2020
    This is a finely wrought piece that manages to capture both the friendship of these two characters in clear detail and the emotional distance between them as one revels in the adventure of a stakeout and one faces her longing, her fear, and her loss. The move from a comic and slightly mysterious opening--what are the stakes in this stakeout?--to a powerful and brave conclusion is clear and compelling. A gorgeous play, with great roles for both performers.
  • The Shark Play
    23 Jan. 2020
    Jonte's characters are fabulously well-drawn--simultaneously not fully likeable and still completely lovable--and the dramatic situation in the play so highly charged, so funny, and so compelling. The Shark Play has repartee worthy of Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant, but an aching heart as wide as the ocean underneath. A lovely, rollicking, and deeply satisfying play. Read it, enjoy it, produce it!
  • A PICTURE OF TWO BOYS
    20 Jan. 2020
    A gorgeous, emotionally complex play about the ways friendship and love can endure despite trauma, differing goals, and separation. The characters, whom we get to know at difficult moments in their lives, are thoroughly compelling. Great dialogue, brilliant use of fluid chronology, and an astonishing passage in which we experience a character coming close to drowning--both literally and metaphorically. Nick Malakhow's play lets us know that friendship and love can pull us out of even the deepest waters.

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