Recommended by Paul Donnelly

  • THE SEVERED HEAD ATOP THE TREE HAS A FEW THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE HOLIDAY
    23 Dec. 2023
    When does the effort suck the joy from the holidays? That's the question at the heart of this witty rumination on perhaps doing a little less. The interchange between the cat and the ornament provides a funny counterpoint to the more pragmatic exchange between the human couple.
  • Make it quick
    22 Dec. 2023
    Chilling, absolutely chilling. I am still shaken by the concluding beats of this crystal clear dystopian vision. For such a short piece this packs one hell of a punch.
  • Elves on Strike
    22 Dec. 2023
    The hateful Elf-on-the-Shelf gets the comeuppance it deserves from the titular striking elves. The comeuppance is theatrical and very wittily rendered. A highly satisfying work on many levels.
  • TFW THE PUBLIC BATHROOM SINK HAS BETTER SECURITY THAN MY NEW IPHONE
    22 Dec. 2023
    Been there, done that. I have shared Jesse's palpable frustration. Meanwhile, the hand choreography would be a delight to witness. And the final humiliation is a splendid topper and also familiar.
  • The Grift of the Magi
    22 Dec. 2023
    The naïve Magi are no more savvy than some aspiring playwrights as they go down the rabbit hole of unethical new play production practices. From submission fees to participation fees to the "carrot" of a single meager prize, the magi are exposed to it all. This play is so painfully funny because it hews so close to the painful truth.
  • The Melatonin Miners
    22 Dec. 2023
    Ludwig Van Beethoven, Carl Reiner and W.C. Fields walk into a bar ... well actually they materialize in a bedroom and the hilarity level exceeds anything that popular set up might suggest. This is an original and laugh-out-loud funny reflection on creativity and humor and the price of taking the wrong little pill.
  • On Growing Up (MONOLOGUE)
    22 Dec. 2023
    This is an absorbing and original reflection on the process of growing u - the markers, the frustrations, the actions. It builds to a laugh-out-loud and especially resonant final line.
  • Three Blind Mice
    19 Dec. 2023
    This is a moving and honest portrait of three men connecting at midlife and working through the challenges their differing life experience pose to their deepening connection. They attempt to support one another, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing as in real life, through major life crises. This is a sometimes raw, sometimes heartening, but always compelling narrative.
  • The Rabbit's Hole
    18 Dec. 2023
    A clever dissection of a competition between two great magicians that may last for all eternity. Poor Amber not only discovers she's dead, but also that she's stuck with these two. The question remains, will she ever succeed in mediating between them?
  • Does It Bring You Joy? (a short play)
    17 Dec. 2023
    How lovely to see a healthy and nurturing parent/child relationship in action. Lisa's distress is palpable and her mother's efforts to alleviate it are heartfelt and ultimately effective. It seems that "Does it bring you joy?" depends on how one defines joy.

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