Recommended by Christine Evans

  • The Gulf
    14 Aug. 2017
    The Gulf is an elegant, stripped-down, powerful play. I loved the poetics of the title and setting--"the gulf" as physical and emotional landscape. The characters are engaging, funny, heartbreaking and believable. There's a Southern rhythm and poetry, and undertone of elegy, that infuses the play, and it builds to a tremendous intensity. It also puts poor, gay women on stage in full complex individuality, rather than as identity tokens. Beautiful work that should be seen all over the country (and the world).
  • Big Death & Little Death
    14 Aug. 2017
    I just love this play. Droll, brilliant, and just about as strange as its subject--home life after warfare (or is that the war at home?) It's one of those plays that expanded my vision of theatre. Weird, wired, with brilliant language and profound ideas honed into a deceptively light, blackly comic surface.
  • Welcome to Fear City
    14 Aug. 2017
    A play with a talking rat, the Bronx burning--and hip-hop! Ruthless real-estate profiteering stalks in the background, pushing a young black man to make a dangerous choice. I loved the nuanced characters, the vivid sense of a time and place, and the fierce fire at the heart of this play. Wry, funny, tragic, and scalpel-sharp in its dissection of the ties that bind--both family and community. A gorgeous play.
  • Broken
    14 Aug. 2017
    A stunning play, set in the Australian outback. Butler's language is spare, the poetry hard-won, and the tale is original, heart-breaking and gorgeously structured in scenes that spiral round three isolated lives, weaving their hidden connections. The play deserves its many prizes and should be known--and done widely-- outside Australia!