Recommended by Nick Malakhow

  • overpass
    15 Nov. 2019
    I read this all in one sitting and felt like I was both laughing and holding my breath the entire time. In this powerful two-hander, Specht provides one of the some of the most compelling renderings of depression and suicidal thoughts that I've read. Chelsea and Alex are complex characters drawn with extraordinarily nuanced brush strokes. The dialogue is both spare and full of so much subtextual information, and this is a gorgeous example of an impeccably structured two-character piece. It moved me to tears, while the characters themselves avoided maudlin sentiment. Highly theatrical and profound! Produce it!
  • Babel
    14 Nov. 2019
    What a compelling world Goldfinger has built in "Babel!" I am perhaps most astounded by her ability to achieve such masterful world-building in an intimate four character piece. Additionally, unlike many other science fiction/dystopian plays, "Babel" doesn't sacrifice nuanced characters in order to just simply focus on clearly established setting and atmosphere--it has ot all! I sincerely hope this play has a long life--it is great to see that it's getting so many upcoming productions! I hope to see one soon.
  • PRACTICE HOUSE
    13 Nov. 2019
    Like many great dystopias, this piece so elegantly illustrates how oppressive philosophical and political relics from what we like to think of as "the past" are still alive and well in in the world today! "Practice House" is a fascinating premise populated with unique and sympathetic characters. It is consistently surprising from the first jarring moment we realize this strangely historical world is not as it seems, all the way to the thrilling climax! I hope to see this theatrical and what I imagine to be visually compelling play developed and produced soon.
  • I Wanna Fuck like Romeo and Juliet
    12 Nov. 2019
    Wow! This astounding piece totally took me by surprise. Rincon develops an exquisitely specific, well-defined, and fantastical theatrical world and language here. Microscopically-observed naturalism is placed beside profound lyrical poetry to excellent effect! Rincon illuminates the reasons we hold ourselves and each other back from love using both lush visual and verbal metaphor and realistic intimate scenes. I was laughing through a great deal of this and then pretty shamelessly tearing up on public transit in the final 20 pages. I sincerely hope to see this produced someday! What a privilege it would be.
  • Heart Land
    12 Nov. 2019
    A tenderly written and beautifully observed small piece about recovery, connection, and modern relationships. This play says some profound things about what it means to be a teacher, an adult, a support system, and a teenager. All of the characters are delightfully flawed and realistically guarded. Like "Joan's Arc," Hageman uses a large and traumatic event as the pressure-cooker in which we see the characters' humanity emerge. By centering her story around the aftermath rather than the a procedural about the event itself, Hageman centers voices that need to be heard and successfully avoids exploiting victims and their trauma.
  • Joan's Arc
    11 Nov. 2019
    An insightful exploration of young people (and a couple of adults) coping with and healing from trauma. In focusing not necessarily on the tragic event itself, but one student's quest for truth about a wholly different matter afterward, Hageman says much more about how we heal and move on in a poignant fashion than I believe would be the case if the play simply clung to the gory details. Wonderfully theatrical--I can see the powerful images leap off the page in my "director-mind." Additionally, young actors are -served by these complex, funny, human, and naturally rendered characters.
  • The Usual Unusual
    10 Nov. 2019
    As a queer Bostonian, this piece resonates on many levels. On a broader scale, this piece illuminates and explores generational divides and the dangers and inevitability of tensions and conflict within marginalized communities. I appreciate how each character is rendered with dimensionality, and how the piece rejects identifying any one character as a hero. A deeply intersectional look at the LGBTQ+ community and at steps we must take to evolve. I hope to see this developed further and on its feet in the near future!
  • Milk and Gall
    9 Nov. 2019
    An amazingly theatrical and conceptually lush exploration of motherhood, white feminism, and coping with rage and fear in our current socio-political context in the US. A wonderful representation of how the political becomes personal and how larger social forces can inform, influence, and poison smaller personal relationships as well as one's own sense of self. The visual and aural world conjured by the stage directions is surreal, unique, and so clearly rendered that I would so very much love to see this brought alive onstage!
  • Fabian
    8 Nov. 2019
    Heady, intriguing, and quietly yet insistently charging towards its inevitable denouement, "Fabian" is an unsettling and engaging read. All three characters are distinct and compelling. With a clever storytelling sleight of hand, Foster allowed me to form strong opinions about and alliances with and against certain characters, and then pulled the rug out in an effective way as the play came to its end. I'd love to see this theatrical piece developed and produced!
  • Mercury
    8 Nov. 2019
    Fantastically bizarre, creepy, and delightful! Steve Yockey has an incredible knack for developing off-kilter and compelling theatrical worlds that use elements of horror, fantasy, and magical realism to shine a light on contemporary relationships. I'd love to see this supremely theatrical piece staged!

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