Recommended by John Minigan

  • Cardboard Piano
    3 Apr. 2019
    A stunning play about the dueling powers of love and hatred, and of compassion and fear. It gives us both the past and the present on stage, asking us to look at how the pain of the past shapes life now and confronting us with the difficulty of forgiveness, the power of guilt, and the struggle to heal the deepest of wounds. Amazing work.
  • The Home for Retired Canadian Girlfriends
    21 Mar. 2019
    This is a gem of a short play. Brilliant concept and totally delightful execution. It's the best beard "limbo" imaginable, and the re-liberation (finally self-liberation) of Tiffany is worth cheering about. Very, very funny work.
  • African Americana
    16 Feb. 2019
    African Americana is filled with rage and filled with hope. It has a Brechtian shifting between narrative and dramatic moments, between gut-wrenching moments and piercing comedy. Its central character Warren tries to live and move through the six perfections, and the play does, too--working especially well as a meditation, a moral study, and as wisdom. Beautiful and engaging--so much that is unforgettable, and in a short play. Outstanding work.
  • HYPE MAN: a break beat play
    16 Feb. 2019
    Hype Man grabs you from the first moment and weaves as complicated a set of relationships as you can imagine between three clear, passionate characters whose personal, political, and artistic selves move in and out of connection, alliance, conflict. Goodwin gives all three characters space and time to breathe, to find independence from one another, their own truths, and a way to use art to bring their truths back together. It's brilliant, compelling work all the way.
  • You Haven't Changed A Bit
    7 Feb. 2019
    This is a clear, thoroughly engaging play that opens up its story to us just as it opens up possibilities to its characters, especially to Lottie. The two characters receive great gifts in this story--hope and the grace of a human connection. Hoke gives us the same gifts. A lovely, masterfully constructed gem.
  • In the End
    7 Feb. 2019
    This beautiful, poetic one-act begins with a compelling mystery and weaves a central character through a series of events that capture people in moments of tremendous stress and transition. Throughout, the play has us questioning how we have become so cruel to one another and what has become of mercy in the world. Near the end, its two continuing characters find warmth through a human touch in a cold world while still questioning where we go. It's breathtaking--and leads to a stunning, rich final moment. There is so much pain and power in this lovely piece.
  • PARTNER OF —
    31 Jan. 2019
    This play tells a story of horrors that affect the lives of its characters in the home of one of America's "great" men, and the multi-generational aspect of those horrors reflects the way both suffering and survival strategies have become part of the American legacy. There is a timelessness to this piece and a devastating, poetic rendering of pain inflicted and pain suffered.
  • The Bedroom Summit
    10 Dec. 2018
    I don't know if I've ever seen or read a ten-minute play that captures so much: young love, the pain of both the bullied and the bully, the fear of self-knowledge, and the way possibility and heartbreak weave together. Bedroom Summit is a powerhouse about the ways oppression and repression work on all parties. Beautiful and devastating work.
  • The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
    31 Oct. 2018
    It's no surprise that this wonderful, hilarious riff on werewolf stories has had so many productions. Its characters and situations are clear, the dialogue is sharp and funny, it builds to a very satisfying reveal, and it has maybe the best canned ham running gag in all of dramatic literature. Great for any ages and any group interested in comedy or in a different spin on a classic horror genre.
  • THE BEARDED LADY OF PITTSBURGH
    30 Oct. 2018
    This is a remarkable play--a clear, often hilarious, but totally unexpected look at questions of gender and identity through a historic lens. Its characters--their ambitions and their dreams--are captured with distinction and clarity and their situations feel remarkably resonant. The action builds beautifully to a joyous, hope-filled celebration. And then Arms crafts a brilliant theatrical moment that somehow does the opposite of pulling the rug out from under: it creates a greater emotional response and a broader meaning, even as it shifts our perspective on what we've been seeing. A great mix of comedy, truth, and power in this.

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