Recommended by Bruce Walsh

  • 27 Ways I Didn't Say "Hi" to Laurence Fishburne
    3 Feb. 2021
    The best ten-minute play I've ever read.
  • Shitheads
    21 Apr. 2018
    SHITHEADS is a fine-tuned day job comedy about young people desperately seeking a vessel (the bike shop where they work) for their personal authenticity, amidst a culture that is increasingly skewed toward a vapid, winner-take-all economy. In the best spirit of THE ALIENS and THE FLICK, this sparse, four-person drama presents micro dilemmas (how to sell an overpriced bike) that poetically resonate with the great questions of a life well lived.
  • These Peaceable Kingdoms
    11 Aug. 2017
    I was fortunate to catch a reading of THESE PEACEABLE KINGDOMS at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop. It was simply one of the most captivating staged readings I've ever seen. KINGDOMS evokes the startling early work of Caryl Churchill and Naomi Wallace. But Woolley's own sharp, biting, dangerous, challenging brand of feminist theater comes pouring through as well.
  • business
    23 Jun. 2017
    On the surface, BUSINESS is an understated tragedy: a pair of star-crossed modern would-be lovers find, or rather lose each other in a faceless hotel. But underneath, Lusk subtly builds a heartbreaking statement about the relationship between how we work and how we love in 2017.
  • How to Use a Knife
    10 May. 2017
    HOW TO USE A KNIFE brings global politics into the less-than-sparkling kitchen of a Midtown Manhatten restaurant. And that feels surprisingly perfect. Snider knows a thing or two about fast-paced kitchen culture, and it shows. The play runs at breakneck speed, like a New York kitchen at lunchtime.
  • St. Sebastian
    10 May. 2017
    ST. SEBASTIAN deals with the oft-unspoken fears, angers, and resentments that permeate the changing demographics of gentrifying urban America. But with such heart. It's also about the way in which well-intentioned progressives often cut themselves off from vulnerability by obsessing over getting their politics and language "right." Kramer smartly sets his play on a bare, sparsely designed stage. It's a play about people - three fascinating men - and not the cold buildings that surround them.