Recommended by Ian Thal

  • Eyes Shut. Door Open.
    14 Aug. 2015
    Seinuk knows her mythology, and drawing upon not just Genesis but also Greek and Norse mythology. Her allusions to and repetitions of mythological violence elevates Eyes Shut. Door Open. above the popular plot formula of dark domestic secrets revealed at a family reunion. I reviewed the 2015 production by Wax Wings Productions for The Arts Fuse. The full review can be read here:
  • THE PLATYPODES: A Full-Length Play
    19 Jul. 2015
    ALLEGRA GRAY treats the protagonist's decision to either keep or abort a pregnancy as a very personal drama: As a local celebrity, she is forced not only consider how her decision will affect her family, but her career, and ability to live in her city, as she becomes the target both of well-wishers and advocacy groups unafraid to engage in public shaming. Wyndham's play avoids simple moralizing, rather dealing with how individuals must navigate the myriad balance ethical demands they can only face on their own.
  • If You Can Get To Buffalo
    6 Jul. 2015
    Speaking as a long-time denizen of LambdaMOO (though my time began a few years after the events of 1993), I find that "If You Can Get To Buffalo" captures the creative approaches to identity (and in many cases, ethics) that marked the milieu -- as well as the trouble that people had articulating just what life was like in this new frontier -- not just to those for whom the internet was still unexplored, but even to those who were experiencing it daily.
  • From the Deep
    20 Mar. 2015
    From the Deep manages to be psychologically realistic despite being set in a rule-bound imaginary space. Seinuk deftly acknowledges the political and social realities off-stage without taking the focus off of the struggle that Ilan and Andrew face as they attempt to maintain their sanity. I reviewed its first full production by Boston Public Works in 2015. My review can be found here:
  • Burning Up the Dictionary
    18 Jan. 2015
    "Burning Up The Dictionary" very cleverly tells its story of a couple negotiating the intimacy of their private language after their break-up. Particularly smart is the final scene actually forces the audience to question whether they may need to reevaluate their understanding of what had been said and done; it's not a plot twist, so much as a semantic twist. I attended both a reading of some early excerpts in 2011 at the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston's Playwrights Open Mic and the premiere by Vagabond Theatre Group in 2012.