Recommended by Philip Middleton Williams

  • Monsters Beyond the Midnight Zone
    6 Nov. 2019
    After reading this play, I had to look up to make sure I was still in a safe place, that the lights were on, and that the sounds I was hearing were from my normal day, not the unearthly wail of whatever it was that provides the riveting horror in this story of doomed explorers. The beauty is the truly honest way Lindsay Partain depicts these characters in what they know are their last moments. A masterpiece of tension, suspense, and humanity.
  • Three Drunk Poets Find God (In-Progress)
    29 Oct. 2019
    This is a fun and imaginative romp into the minds of stressed-out and inebriated wannabe poets working on deadline... and more than a few bottles. Kudos to Chris Gacinski for letting his imagination -- and theirs -- run with it.
  • Brightly: A Monologue
    13 Oct. 2019
    There's a tenderness in the love of a father for his son that is captured in a way that will touch you deeply. Eytan Deray's skill lies in making his characters touch you without being maudlin or treacly; just honest. This would be a fine audition piece or a stellar moment in a night of theatre.
  • Spectral
    12 Oct. 2019
    This is the way a good horror story should be told: suspenseful, terrifying, and blood-curdling in the Grand Guignol tradition. It's short and succinct and would be a perfect curtain-raiser for a horror-fest.
  • QUINCEY: A MONOLOGUE FOR A HIGH-SCHOOLER
    7 Oct. 2019
    Asher Wyndham captures the true essence of adolescence in this monologue: false bravado wrapped in the insecurity of facing the harsh realities forced on boys not quite ready to deal with what nature and peer pressure imposes on them. A very well crafted piece.
  • Round the Decay
    7 Oct. 2019
    For those of us familiar with the desperation and demands of addiction, this short piece captures it without pity or patronizing do-gooderism. Straton Rushing's characters are all too real, and the battle between Ozzy and Amy is heartbreaking for its starkness. When life comes down to a literal roll of the dice, we know what is at stake, and we cannot look away.
  • Paletas de Coco or, The Letter Unspoken or, The Christmas Eve Play
    6 Oct. 2019
    This is more than just a play. This is a man telling us with all the honesty and directness he can muster and more about the life that shaped him and nearly took him from us. With unvarnished passion, love, and courage Franky Gonzalez holds nothing back and brings us closer to him, and through him, to ourselves and our own reckoning. This is a work on the scale of Billy Crystal's "500 Sundays" and has as much heart, soul, and directness. A stunning work.
  • Whisper into the Ground
    4 Oct. 2019
    This is a disturbing play, as well it should be. Olivia Haller uses tragedy to go beyond grief, loss, and recrimination. What could easily be little more than a public service announcement takes on depth and real meaning as seen through the eyes of the lost and the left behind. I admire the way it is presented: trading reality for theatricality at its best and most hard-hitting.
  • Stuck in the Middle
    3 Oct. 2019
    I've seen this play twice: first this summer at the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and again at Midwest Dramatists, and it's a keeper in every way. Paul Braverman has created a world where processed meat wonders about life, the universe, and is there life after lunch? It is both hilarious and deep, and proves that the most profound questions we can ask can be served up well and well-done. Bravo, Paul, and pass the mustard!
  • 20 Verses
    30 Sep. 2019
    A wry and witty look at the dangers of blind faith and followers who have no problem going along. Bill Lynch exposes the treacly hypocrisy of a pastor who would exploit the foolish and weak until he's hoisted on his own podium. Another fine entry at the 2019 Midwest Dramatists Conference.

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