Recommended by Mark Loewenstern

  • Lunch
    2 Mar. 2021
    This play snuck up on me. I caught only glimpses of the catastrophe building in the sunshine on a lovely afternoon, and then it came together effortlessly. Easy-to-produce dark humor that will be fun for actors.
  • Win and Tim and the Unlikelihood of Living Forever (a 1-minute play)
    24 Feb. 2021
    This could almost be a taoist poem. More dialogue would ruin it. Instead, in a very few words, Martin makes us feel Win's deep contentment, how Win is present with Tim and yet undisturbed by Tim's anxiety. Without promising anything it can't deliver, the play gives us a satisfying, resonant miniature touchstone for inner peace and mental health.
  • Faerie Ring
    17 Feb. 2021
    Sometimes a myth doesn't need much explanation because it taps into our common human wants and needs. So it is with this compelling play. What stays with me is how strong the urge is in both of these women to run to the faerie ring, and how its magic and its danger can be felt through their words.
  • The Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World: a short play about bastards and birthright
    4 Feb. 2021
    As I write this, I am Zoom listening to the 3rd production of this play I've heard. It doesn't get old. With an elegant yet firm forward momentum, it takes the audience on a satisfying journey of sibling rivalry and brotherly love, parental neglect and parental gifts. Tasty roles for two actors to sink their teeth into.
  • Pangea (Part Two of The Second World Trilogy)
    15 Jan. 2021
    Teddy and Anzor share an epic love in epic times. With 6 characters Sickles convincingly shows us world-changing events that feel all-too-likely to occur during our lifespans. In the eye of that maelstrom are these two engaging lovers reaching across time and death, war and extinction, to give each other what they need. As the world comes apart, they stand outside the continents and endure, hoping it will come back together again.
  • End of a Long, Long Day (a monologue)
    19 Dec. 2020
    An achingly beautiful appeal from a wounded lover. Sickles deftly lays out for us the complexities of love, the dance of needing to be vulnerable and fearing to be vulnerable. This is delicate work, and in less skillful hands would feel clunky, but Sickles makes it sing.
  • A TROUBLING STATE OF AFFAIRS
    6 Dec. 2020
    A rollercoaster of reality-denial. We begin with one character who spins implausibilities to escape dire responsibility. Then the whole world is shaken up and re-set, a new reality is asserted and subverted. Seamlessly, Levine brings us back down to earth, explains all, dusts us off and asks us if we enjoyed the ride. I did.
  • A Life Enriching Community
    5 Dec. 2020
    The power of this play is in the understated way in which the couple's mutual love is shown. With a light touch, it resonates deeper. The journey is about finding home, and also rediscovering the home that is always there but was forgotten and then remembered again. Williams vividly shows us those specific aches and joys. Delicate and beautiful work.
  • Dragged
    5 Dec. 2020
    Just saw a powerful Zoom performance of this play. The surprises unfolded one after another, showing us a fresh and believable conflict for a mature actress to play, and a delicate, nuanced relationship between the characters. Hageman shows us a lot in 10 minutes. Well deserving of more performances.
  • Second Honeymoon
    24 Nov. 2020
    Love it when a play surprises me. We know there's so much going on inside Mary that she doesn't say, but it's still a happy shock to learn just how much she doesn't say. With a vivid economy of language, Plummer gives the actors plenty to work with, tells us all we need to know about this marriage and the importance of this one conversation, which in retrospect is made all the more important when the play is done.

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