Recommended by Sarah Bowden

  • Battle Cry
    26 Oct. 2017
    A beautiful play that tells the hard truth about those who are lost in the shuffle of history, usually for not fitting in to society's definition of perfection and purity. Bianca Sam creates vivid characters with vibrant inner lives, and weaves a story that feels less like history, and more like what people struggle with every single day.
  • Chekhov's Date (10 min)
    26 Oct. 2017
    A wonderfully smart short. Chekhov lends himself so well to the ambiguity of modern romance, since most of his plays deal in unfulfilled desire. So taking types from his work and stranding at the end of a maybe-date makes for hilariously existential and formal conversation around a subject that should be simple to discuss. Very funny, very sharp writing!
  • This is Grand
    26 Oct. 2017
    A short and sweet meet-cute on the el. An everyday occurrence becomes something magical, as Seidelman uses silence and gesture to communicate an intense connection between two passengers. Very enjoyable. And I cheered at the ending!
  • That's All Folks
    26 Oct. 2017
    Stories dealing with autism rarely depict close sibling relationships, so Barbara Lhota captures something unique in "That's All Folks." Neither judgmental nor strident, this ten-minute humanely portrays how communication and empathy can break down under strained circumstances. The language shared between brother and sister here starts as a burden, but becomes a gift by the end of the script, in a down-to-earth but reconciled ending.
  • Attachment Disorder
    26 Oct. 2017
    There is a baby named Oregano in Hallie Palladino's sharp satire of the societal expectations placed on mothers. That is just one of many pitch-perfect details about the bind her heroine is placed in by fellow mothers, her boss, and her best friend. This play is a cry into the void about avoiding larger systematic problems by distracting yourself with tiny, proscribed, peer pressure problems, and it's funny, smart, and ultimately, sweet-minded.
  • Hath Taken Away
    3 Apr. 2015
    Hath Taken Away is remarkable for its compassionate treatment of those with faith. Yet Jacob does not shy away from the doubts that trail and confound religious people -- in fact, he gives age-old questions of freewill and belief a fresh dynamic, by drawing a makeshift family into a conflict over one of our most debated issues. This play is a beautiful exploration of individuals struggling to make the right choice. Is there any more worthy story in theatre?