Recommended by John Minigan

  • Slicing An Onion
    20 Jan. 2020
    This is a powerful, human memorial to Punjab Singh. Diamond anchors the horrors of violence in the familiar and uses the power of smell and the knowledge that our eyes fill with tears to make our moments with this character personal and deeply resonant.
  • When We Get Good Again (formerly, Good)
    19 Jan. 2020
    McLindon's brilliant craft in When We Get Good Again pulls you in with wit and sharp characterizations and, before you've quite realized it, you're in a complex and compelling world of moral questions. Are we what we do or who we say we are (or will be)? What is the nature of loyalty? Is gaming a system (in hockey or academics) justified when the system itself plays games? Thoroughly engaging, clear, and thoroughly entertaining.
  • Love's Disenlightenment
    14 Dec. 2019
    A little gem of a play--funny, unique, and touching. This play's couple (a playwright with an unusual concept for a short play) and his partner (an artistic director with grave doubts about the playwright's concept) work through conflict toward a positive resolution. Like the "lamp" in the playwright's play, the artistic director has to give up preconceptions of what it means to be "bright" to make the relationship and the play work. Wonderful and unexpected parallels in the worlds of the play and the play-within-the-play, and great comic potential for two silent stagehands. I'd love to see this on stage!
  • The New Galileos
    18 Nov. 2019
    Devastating and powerful and not so much science fiction as a warning about how close the edge we are, and how destructive of science and the environment our autocratic government has already become. The roles are compelling and, like the structure, complex and rewarding. An important play.
  • Alabaster
    12 Nov. 2019
    A play that is as stunning, surprising, and funny as it is rich and deeply affecting. A heart-breaking and affirming exploration of how the pain we suffer shapes us, holds us back, and can maybe move us forward. Audrey Cefaly uses time, space, language, time (and goats) in ways that force you to rethink how story and structure work. And the deep need for art is woven into this play's fabric. Gorgeous work.
  • A Blank Stage
    9 Nov. 2019
    This is a grinning-ear-to-ear delight of a play. Yes, theater is awesome, but, yes, sometimes there are better things to do, and these characters, to their credit, are doing it. A wee (and whee!) gem, this play.
  • Last Ship to Proxima Centauri
    3 Nov. 2019
    Greg Lam has an uncanny ability to create and follow a great science-fiction premise that ends up reflecting on our inner and outer lives in powerful ways. This play is at times hilarious, at times touching, at times disturbing, and it moves past the satirical premise to dig deep into questions of colonialism, of how insularity in cultures leads to oppression--all while mixing tones as effectively as it mixes languages.
  • Accommodations
    3 Nov. 2019
    This play's compelling situation and characters do what the best contemporary dramas do: it raises important issues of personal responsibility and offer no pat answers. The dramatic situation is compelling and clear, and the dialogue reveals the complexity of the thoughts and feelings of all three characters. Riveting and powerful work.
  • The Heinrich Maneuver (a ten minute play)
    3 Nov. 2019
    This is a wild ride into a increasingly and hilariously absurd Spy vs. Spy world. Every twist and turn is masterfully wrought and totally delightful. And SO much fun for two actors to play! A finely-tuned farce.
  • The Unfortunate Teller
    27 Oct. 2019
    This is a hilarious ten-minute play, and a great role for the "Friend," who grows from uncertainty to hilarity and confidence. A great addition to any ten-minute festival, and wonderful showcase for a comic actor.

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