Recommended by Steven G. Martin

  • Canvas
    24 Nov. 2020
    A genuinely terrific, emotionally involving 10-minute drama.

    Martha and Casey are trapped in an impossible situation. Their needs are desperate, and the only way they can get what they want is if the other loses out. And the audience sees they are both justified in getting what they need.

    Andrew Heinrich has created a play not about a political issue, but people with desires, flaws, and no certainty that things will improve even if they get what they want. No wonder it has such a rich development and production history.
  • Thalia's B&B
    22 Nov. 2020
    A subtle 10-minut play about relationships that would benefits from subtle direction and performances.

    Kim E. Ruyle sets up tension in "Thalia's B&B" which barely comes to a head at the end. But at the end, things have changed and perhaps something has broken.
  • "Do you hear...?"
    22 Nov. 2020
    A 10-minute, mother/son, Christmas drama that is more sweet than bitter, but there are plenty of moments of the latter.

    With just a few key lines of dialogue -- not only what Robert and Anne say, but how they say it -- Vince Melocchi creates personal histories that an audience can piece together. Audiences will want to listen closely to understand these characters rather than judge them. Enjoy the Melocchi's details about the setting, which creates a apropos backdrop for the characters.

    This is a very nice Christmas play ready for an extended production history.
  • beautiful places, smiling faces
    19 Nov. 2020
    Lawing's short satire focuses upon a political moment and extrapolates it to an upsetting conclusion.

    "beautiful places, smiling faces" is absolutely specific in its time, location, action, and backstory. This is South Carolina. This is 2020. This is Lindsey Graham and his statements that reminded people of color and immigrants they they would be welcome ... but only 'if.' But the play becomes more than all of those details as Lawing takes the next step in the extreme.
    16 Nov. 2020
    This may be the pièce de résistance of rage-and-scorn monologues.

    There is something awkward and pathetic, yet endearing and ultimately heroic about Asher Wyndham's protagonist in "Fuck Buddy #2," especially in dialogue, storytelling, and costume. There is such variety in the volume, style, and texture of rage-filled images strewn forth, it's dizzying.

    Yet at the core, it's the hurt that shines through -- which showcases Wyndham's great skill: creating characters an audience will understand and acknowledge. And that hurt, seemingly driven by passionate need, makes me wonder if this is the last we hear about this character.
  • Carousel
    13 Nov. 2020
    A romantic drama filled with intellectual tension built around philosophy, identity, and mythology.

    Calley N. Anderson has crafted a story about romance between these two young men, as well as a story about why romance exists and humanity's desire to be with another. It is fulfilling on many levels, and I'd very much enjoy a performance of this play that already has a wonderful production history.
  • Quarantined with Human
    9 Nov. 2020
    Pure charm via pure characterization, and a closing line that will bring cheers.

    Love cats? Hate cats? Never heard of cats? Traumatized by "Cats"? You'll love this one-minute comedy.
    8 Nov. 2020
    Political satire of the moment. Sharp, vengeful, intelligent, and unforgiving.
  • Biden's America
    7 Nov. 2020
    A play literally of the moment, of this moment -- this very day -- when a lot of people are feeling great relief and joy. And that joy is palpable for the audience, Skylar, and Tommy.

    Weaver wisely notes, though, that the joy lasts only a moment, and that more must come. Four years coming up ...
  • The Harriad
    7 Nov. 2020
    I'm in awe. Devon Wade Granmo has pulled no punches.

    "The Harriad" is a glorious, messy, cheeky, expansive, literate, adventurous, theatrical cacophony of an epic play. It's hot stuff that may be difficult as hell to produce, but it'd also be unforgettable theatre for audiences.

    "The Harriad" bends mythology so far -- including the mythology of the Greatness of America -- that it breaks. And those broken pieces have a destiny of their own in Granmo's creation.

    Just, wow.