Recommended by MT Cozzola

  • WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR
    19 Apr. 2019
    This piece shines in the sweet spot between anger and hope, between poetry and practicality. I keep imagining it alongside other scenes about protest and how it fits (or doesn't) into our lives right now. A character who is immediately vivid, with wants and needs that root her to this spot right now. Bravo!
  • Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky
    19 Apr. 2019
    This play is really NOT about Monica Lewinsky, and what's fascinating is the WAY it's not--somehow it makes me reexamine my own assumptions about public figures and my own relationships. I kept being surprised by the shifts in how my assumptions were undercut, and how the deliberately fictional story was informed by and reframed what I saw as the "real" story. A great example of how theatre can take us places that wouldn't work in film or TV. Lots of layers, entertaining and thought-provoking.
  • ZEN & the Art of Mourning a Mother
    17 Apr. 2019
    I'm delighted by the three relationships in time being explored onstage at once in this piece. Sarah is a character who altogether breaks my heart, cracks me up, makes me cringe in recognition, and makes me root for her -- what a light touch Goldman-Sherman has, in the way she examines grief and our ties to the past through suspenseful dramatic questions and swift surprises. Beautiful!
  • Maker of Worlds
    5 Dec. 2018
    Unique and sometimes brilliant writing that reflects our world while being completely its own thing. I loved the way the conflict between the deities plays out in a way that starts out absurd and then gets so absurd that it becomes serious. It's a great role for a versatile performer, and the writer's light touch with some very heavy topics makes the journey both fun and memorable.
  • Derailed
    11 Sep. 2018
    This play held my attention right from the start. An ensemble drama with vividly real characters, all trying to find their next rung on the ladder, each with drastically different measures they're willing to take to get there. Compelling relationships, hard truths, and characters I didn't want to leave.
  • Sistering
    9 Mar. 2018
    A moving but never sappy two-hander that feels true, packs some great laughs, and leaves me feeling hopeful. I'm using it in a class to inspire students to mine those personal moments in life that can be transformational--and to structure them deftly and get right into the action like this piece does!
  • Escape Velocity
    4 Mar. 2018
    Sparkling dialog and weightless construction belie the intense emotional yearning at the heart of this play. This is a great vehicle for four strong actors. Each relationship is tested and transformed. I was also surprised -- when I heard it out loud -- how very funny it is.
  • An' Pass By Midnight, the Kimakwa
    21 Sep. 2017
    I was intrigued by how this play travels between fever dream and naturalism. It feels like a perfect backdrop for the struggles Maria and Thomas face in understanding their relationship and their own destinies. The play has a cinematic feel that I think can work beautifully onstage, because so much of the supernatural element lives through the characters and the way they speak. This is spooky but not in a blood-and-gore sort of way...more in a past-never-leaves-us way. Ultimately much more chilling.
  • Quiver
    16 Sep. 2017
    I love when I'm reading a new play and desperately want to see it in action. That's what happened with Quiver. The mix of human and animal characters feels so clear, and is written with such a light touch...and at the same time it makes me wonder what deeper, darker emotions will well up when I see those moments on stage. I also found the dialog and situations real and natural. So that makes the theatrical elements as written on the page even more evocative. This is theatre that must be theatre -- my favorite kind!
  • Until Death (Do us Part)
    12 Sep. 2017
    Genuine characters and deep emotions nested in ever-so-casually fantastical conditions, this play examines love and identity in a way that's fun and sneaky. It's inventive and absurd while also feeling strangely real and sincere. The Boor family is a blast to watch, and I found myself rooting for all sides of this social/religious divide.

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