Recommended by Dominica Plummer

  • I Don't DO Holidays
    6 Dec. 2023
    Classic Prillaman. Anyone who reads this play will never look at holidays in quite the same way again, and I am here for it. Everything. The accents, the send up of MIDSOMMAR, and the final icing on my Christmas Cake—the ritual sacrifice of — nope, no spoilers. You're just going to have to read it yourself.
  • Stage Fright
    31 Oct. 2023
    Well done, Christopher Soucy! Stage Fright is everything a Halloween play should be. A ghost story set on stage that turns into a mystery, and has more twists and turns than you would expect in a short play. Nice roles for actors, and a chance for a sound designer to shine as well. An obvious choice for all haunted theatres everywhere!
  • Invisible Woman
    27 Oct. 2023
    Nora Louise Syran's INVISIBLE WOMAN is by turn creepy, compelling and a heartfelt cry for invisibility as a young woman has to fend off unwanted attention. What makes this piece stand out though is the switcheroo in the second half when the woman, now much older, gets exactly that. There's a whole raft of emotions for the actor to explore—packed into a short play that makes its points with accuracy and precision.
  • Postpartum
    26 Oct. 2023
    As a big fan of the creepy kid horror story, I salute Jillian Blevins for taking on the fears so well known to postpartum parents.. POSTPARTUM is an urban retelling of the monster in the cradle tale, complete with haunting baby monitor, and a touch of John Wyndham's creepy MIDWICH CUCKOOS. I can't imagine a situation better designed to send audiences home trying not to think about the perils of parenthood.
  • The Devil and the DMV
    29 Sep. 2023
    Nora Louise Syran's tale about Lucifer's attempt to renew his driver's license is instantly relatable. One almost feels sorry for the Lord of Hell as he discovers there's a circle of hell that's completely outside his control. A delightful satire on bureaucrats, red tape, and how the best laid travel plans can be deep sixed without a copy of your social security card.
  • Ruins
    23 Sep. 2023
    Very powerful short play written about the realities of war and from an unusual perspective. Sasha Serena writes not just about the destruction of Eugenia's home, but the destruction of her former self. In the setting of her ruined bedroom, Eugenia now an exile, confronts her younger self, and the conflict she feels at leaving her beloved home, in order to stay alive. Haunting. And necessary.
  • Santa’s Scarlet Letter
    4 Jan. 2023
    As others have said, DC Cathro's Santa's Scarlet Letter is about the tragedy of a love presented at the wrong time, and to a girl too young to know how to respond. This is a powerful monologue told by the woman herself, looking back, full of regrets. There are lots of lovely wry touches in the unfolding of this tale, and a wintry beauty as well. Santa's Scarlet Letter is a great piece for an actress. It takes a completely unexpected journey. It will give audiences plenty to think about as well.
  • I'm Not Wearing The Green Dress
    3 Jan. 2023
    Jillian Blevins' short play starts out as a nod to annual Christmas rituals, but make no mistake, there's a war brewing over the Christmas family photo. Siblings Jen and Jason have a fairly typical teenage relationship, but what complicates things is their mother — who insists that the family Christmas photo is always done her way. The tension between Jason (the pleaser) and Jen (the iconoclast) ramps up until a wonderfully unexpected denouement brings brother and sister together in a united front against their overbearing mother. Christmas will never be the same in their house again!
    2 Jan. 2023
    A satisfying prequel to the story of Scrooge, the lead character in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Adam Richter gives us not just Scrooge's backstory, but his partner, Jacob Marley's as well, and we see how the relationship between them grows. There are lots of unexpected twists and turns in "Jacob and Ebenezer" before Scrooge becomes the man at the opening of Dickens' classic tale. For the first time, we get to see how Scrooge's heart froze, and how, if the conditions are right, it might unfreeze again. Well done!
  • Untimely, or, the Joy of Procrastination
    1 Jan. 2023
    Steven G. Martin's Untimely is a timely reminder that there is all the time in the world to complete things, even when you've missed a deadline. Chuck is the one who worries about Ginny's inability to get her work done, but who can resist her sunny positivity, and unwavering belief that everything will turn out as it's supposed to? Audiences may sympathize with Chuck's anxiety on his girlfriend's behalf, but there's laughter in discovering that Ginny was right all along. Procrastination can be a joy, indeed!