Recommended by Dave Osmundsen

  • Catch the Butcher
    23 May. 2018
    A dark comedy that almost shouldn’t be as funny as it is. By exploring the twisted dynamic between a tortured serial killer and his overly curious would-be victim, Seidel has crafted a fascinating play that explores our fascination with each other- and how that fascination devolves when confronted with the real person. Darkly funny and super compelling, this is a great piece for theatre companies looking for an unconventional comedy with a real human core.
  • Paper Cut
    14 May. 2018
    A powerful play about a gay soldier returning home from Afghanistan having lost parts of himself both literally and figuratively. Explores PTSD and identity with brutal and violent theatricality. It’s also a tender love story between two men who have been through the worst together and individually struggle to readjust to civilian life. By the end, I was left devastated and touched by its story and characters, as well as its message: Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable with the ones who love and know you the deepest.
    13 May. 2018
    This monologue, a combination of speech and stream-of-consciousness, is A LOT. There's a lot of character in these words. Sandy is a character with a long history, who once had dreams of being a more significant person, who's doing her best to get by on a meager paycheck, and who's simultaneously frustrated and amused at what her life has become. There's a lot for an actress to really sink her teeth into and run with. The audience participation bits are incredibly well-handled. I can see this being a blast to perform and watch.
  • Prince Nice Guy
    12 May. 2018
    A brief, yet wickedly satiric examination of our fairy tale mythology. A self-absorbed prince tries to figure out why the princesses he saves don't want him, while his sarcastic squire tries to tell him why he is so repulsive to them. In just five pages, Hageman smartly subverts the tired Prince and Princess tropes of most fairy tales into something that all dudes need to hear today.
  • This Bitter Earth
    11 May. 2018
    An intimate and powerful two-hander that offers a unique perspective on many topics today: race, privilege, sexuality, the appropriation of another race's art, our responsibility to fight social injustice, and several others. The language is poetic, the characters are engaging, and the life-affirming message is one that we need to hear right now.
  • Talking Points
    7 May. 2018
    A short, but very sweet play about a Thanksgiving dinner that does NOT do disastrously! While the main character is in a crisis, it was a nice touch that he was able to discuss it with his family without it dissolving into chaos. The character of Grandma also had several funny moments. Nice little play!
  • Another Way Home
    6 May. 2018
    A funny, touching, and intelligent examination of families and how they often forget to listen and respect one another for multiple reasons. The conflict comes organically from the characters and their dissatisfaction with how their lives turned out. Ziegler writes with great compassion for each character while not shying away from how flawed they are.
  • We Are A Masterpiece
    2 May. 2018
    An epic, beautiful, and big-hearted play about a tragic period in US history. Through the story of one ordinary woman named Joan, Femia weaves a narrative that emphasizes the necessity of empathy for each other, regardless of our differences. The subject matter could easily become melodramatic, but Femia smartly portrays it as a snapshot of a specific time, place, and mentality. Her characters are strong and vivid not because they have agendas, but because they are real people struggling to get through confusing and difficult circumstances. A strong entry into the AIDS Drama genre. Bravo!
  • Man & Wife
    30 Apr. 2018
    This fascinating, complex, and multilayered play takes us through the tumultuous marriage of a man and a woman during a particularly devastating presidency. The central couple, Rob and Missy, spend the whole play trying to sustain their marriage, their children, and each other through troublesome times. The play is wildly theatrical and very funny, with dialogue that is both sincere and sardonic. It also asks tough questions about marriage, politics, gender identity, and how we relate to each other from different sides of the political spectrum. A rich and enjoyable play!
  • The Light
    14 Apr. 2018
    A deceptively simple exploration of several complex, multi-faceted, and difficult topics handled with grace and compassion. Genesis and Rashad are two well-developed, flawed, yet likable protagonists who are both trying to be the change they want to see in the world, and both of their perspectives are well-articulated and valid. Thought-provoking and timely, "The Light" challenges us to LISTEN to each other, and to be better towards one another.