Recommended by Joshua H. Cohen

  • VALERIE: A COSPLAY MONOLOGUE
    28 Sep. 2019
    A cri de coeur of well-earned righteous anger. A tour de force for a young actress, requiring a sustained emotional temperature that only builds.
  • DRAGON SLAYERS: Quest for the Egg of Armagon
    28 Sep. 2019
    Along with Neighborhood 3, this is the most theatrical representation of the digital world I’ve had the pleasure to see. Hilarious, surprising, and weirdly moving.
  • Overqualified
    28 Sep. 2019
    Uses the theatrical conventions of mask-work in an original and consistently funny send-up of the interview process. Anybody who has ever started out in anything (i.e., everybody) will see themselves in the charming everywoman at the center of the play.
  • Scar Tissues
    28 Sep. 2019
    What price would you pay to get justice for a past wrong, and prevent a present one? And what would you do if you thought the price was too high? William Triplett gives us an essentially loving marriage, and then reveals the cracks beneath the surface one by one. The brutality on display in the name of love is head-spinning and stomach-churning.
  • Women Wear White
    28 Sep. 2019
    The play begins as a pointed critique of White Feminism, and sharpens its knives from there. It carves away at any pretense of plausible deniability, until the failures of inclusion of a movement that was supposed to be about expanding rights (then and now) are laid bare. Simultaneously a galvanizing war cry for those who already want to do better, and a vital, theatrical history lesson for everybody else.
  • Whisper into the Ground
    28 Sep. 2019
    A portrait of grief, for others, for oneself, for chances lost. In the end, it dares to offer hope that people can change for the better.
  • False Cognates
    28 Sep. 2019
    When you see a play with a playwright as its central character, this is not the direction you expect it to go. Lacerating wit about the chosen ignorance that arises from overweening ambition, from a writer who has clearly seen a lot of it.
  • Down Deer
    28 Sep. 2019
    Decades of family strife come to a head when one member of the family decides she's not going to keep the family's secrets anymore. Great use of imagery and metaphor in a realistic, and highly specific, setting.
  • Through the Darkest of Stars, Toward the Brightest of Futures
    28 Sep. 2019
    Imagine if Charles Dickens and Jane Austen teamed up to write science fiction. Superbly original world-building through language -- but in building another world, it has something trenchant to say about gender roles in our own.
  • 20 Verses
    28 Sep. 2019
    "20 Verses" uses the inherent overlap between theater and religious worship to tell a very private story in a very public setting. As the theatricality takes over, the play successfully challenges the audience's comfort zone in a way that engages empathy.

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