Recommended by Scott Sickles

  • A Dateless Bargain with Engrossing Death
    5 Jan. 2019
    If, like me, you enjoy death, slang, and administrative humor, then this play is for you! My face hurts from laughing. It's a joy for actors. The writing is a symphony of comic timing. Minigan puts a unique and hilarious spin on the Death Has Come For You scenario. A hoot!!!
  • Confession of a Modern Soap Opera Bride
    5 Jan. 2019
    A love letter to a highly idiosyncratic TV genre and to the trials and tribulations its leading ladies – the actresses and their characters; the ingenues, vixens, divas and matriarchs - endure over the years. Beautifully detailed, making it both hilarious and ultimately poignant.
  • FRANKIE: A MONOLOGUE FOR A KID WHO HATES CIGARETTES
    5 Jan. 2019
    As a militant anti-smoker I cheered this kid on from beginning to end! I want this child to grow up and RUN THE WORLD!!!

    As a monologue it presents a great challenge to the performer because it starts and 65mph and doesn't stop! The variations in pace and intensity will be fun to play with, and the words are eminently and relentlessly speakable. It's a great portrait of a child on a crusade!
  • FRANKIE: A MONOLOGUE FOR A KID WHO HATES CIGARETTES
    5 Jan. 2019
    As a militant anti-smoker I cheered this kid on from beginning to end! I want this child to grow up and RUN THE WORLD!!!

    As a monologue it presents a great challenge to the performer because it starts and 65mph and doesn't stop! The variations in pace and intensity will be fun to play with, and the words are eminently and relentlessly speakable. It's a great portrait of a child on a crusade!
  • Another Play by Matthew Weaver
    3 Jan. 2019
    Whatever you do, DO NOT read this play on public transportation. You will either laugh so hard that people will be irritated with you OR in your attempts to suppress that laughter, your face will contort itself in ways that will cause your fellow straphangers grave concern.

    In addition to the play being hysterically funny, it's also unpretentiously self-deprecating yet sharply observed. I swear, I have overheard actors have this exact conversation, or at least very close variations. It speaks cold hard truths about theater people with great affection.
  • KING NOW
    3 Jan. 2019
    This piece is a two-minute miracle. It begins with an almost Ionesco-like patter and builds to a sublime wallop! I was amused, then suddenly surprisingly moved. The economy of storytelling is kind of dazzling.
  • CURBED
    31 Dec. 2018
    Grippingly suspenseful! I held my breath as I read it. Whether or not the woman is actually in peril is uncertain, and that's the point. It's impossible to tell. Nothing night happen or the worst could happen, and there are many variations on "the worst."

    One moment that struck me was when the woman considers walking to another bus stop. Suddenly, I was deeply concerned for a fictional woman's safety, worried that she might become even more vulnerable between this stop and another. Was it safer to wait it out? Could she make it there safely?

    A 3-minute masterpiece!
  • A Small Attempt to be a Specific Woman, But Really Doesn't Mean Anything, Just Ignore Me
    30 Dec. 2018
    I highly recommend reading this piece out loud. Once you start, you can't stop! It is a raging river of words, thoughts, and emotion. It will sweep you away!

    I especially recommend reading this aloud if you are a man, especially a heterosexual man. You will learn so much if you keep your ears, mind and heart open. I won't tell you what; the play speaks clearly for itself.

    I hope this gets produced everywhere and often, and as described in the stage directions. A truly powerful work of art, and a gift for female actors over 50.
  • Illicit
    17 Dec. 2018
    Matthew Weaver has a gift for turning awkward and uncomfortabe transgressions into moments that are heartfelt, human, complex and real. These scenarios usually (in the few plays I've read) involve boys in their adolescence and women who are not. It could get icky. But taking that risk is what raises the stakes, and the writing is never exploitative or gratuitous. Here an inappropriate and unfair request is made. Yet the characters are so well-drawn in their yearnings that it feels more like you're watching life than reading a play. Their actions are as honest and their actions are complex. Excellent!
  • Family Planning
    9 Dec. 2018
    A gut-punch! John Minigan illuminates part of the fallout of the 2016 election that many men probably wouldn't think of; I know I didn't. This play is a perfect illustration of how the highest levels of government affect citizens in the most intimate and violent ways, and dares to follow-through on the bleak consequences of what is already a worst-case scenario. A must-read, especially for Trump-voting parents of women and girls. It should be produced everywhere.

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