Recommended by Everett Robert

  • Green Bean Casseroles.
    10 Jul. 2018
    Growing up in the white, evangelical Midwestern evangelical culture, I know green bean casseroles. I also know the sometimes purposeful and sometimes inadvertent bigotry that accompanies this culture. The use of eight 9x13 pans of green bean casseroles brought to a grieving mother's home is a powerful metaphor for this culture and their attitudes. This is a stirring and powerful monologue that deserves to be read and performed. Highly recommended.
  • Letter of the Law
    11 May. 2018
    Awww the all too familiar disappointment of not getting the toy you wanted because "Santa" knows that it will keep your parents up all night. Instead, he got you the fun-ducational toy of the season. You know those toys, the build your own computer, build your own microscope type toys. In just one minute, Steven Hayet manages to capture the feeling of admitting a toy you got is not what you wanted and how admitting that can affect your parents. Heartwarming, touching and all too true. Bravo.
  • The Forgetting Room
    11 May. 2018
    I was not prepared for the emotional gut punch this play is. A brilliant use of the pace and timing, of naturalistic dialog and the supernatural, of what is seen and heard and what ISN'T seen and what ISN'T heard. This is a deep, religious, reflection on death in general, and what caused these characters deaths. This is a play that should be seen and performed at every play festival about gun control.
  • Round One
    11 May. 2018
    From the point of view of someone who works in the wedding industry, this rings so true. There are times, you see a couple and you "just know" when a couple is going to work and when it isn't. Usually you can tell by how the guy treats his bride to be, such in the case here. This short play is funny, timely, that rings true about the wedding industry while reminding us how to treat the person we love and how true love presents itself.
  • Ta-Da or Toodle-Oo
    20 Apr. 2018
    READ THIS PLAY! Read this play before reading another word of this recommendation because this play is this good.
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    Okay, now that I've got that out, I want to encourage you again to READ THIS PLAY! An exploration of the symbiotic nature of a two working partners and what they can mean to each other and what they do and don't say to each other. A great, fun, play.
  • Reading Babar in 2070
    3 Apr. 2018
    As I read this, the last Northern White male rhino is no longer with us, bringing another creature to the edge of extinction. Reading Babar in 2070 reminded me that we have an obligation to preserve our environment. There is a stark contrast here as the character of Lucia rails against the imperialism of the character of Babar and her realization that maybe she should have done more to protect the elephants, not just for her children but for her children's children. There's also a stark reminder that in this moments of realization, life goes on. Recommended reading.
  • Suicide Hotline
    3 Apr. 2018
    One would think that a play about an unemployed middle-aged man who lives at home with his mother and accidently gets called by a suicidal man (who I might surmise is a lot more like Jim then either wants to admit) might be depressing but it is a light, heartfelt, and lively play that captures the heart, the depression, and the longing for acceptance that many men suffer from and need in their lives.
  • Damn You, Robert! - A monologue
    2 Apr. 2018
    Stubbles captures a lifetime of experience, of hurt, of regret in one moment. Was Robert actually haunting her or was it just the memory of a regret? does it matter? This is a brilliant, haunting monologue that is specific to a certain time period and yet is timely.
  • Apollo's Comeuppance
    1 Apr. 2018
    Apollo's Comeuppance starts with a woman who just isn't into him and Henry presses the pedal even harder as we go deeper and deeper into a dark passage in an unexpectedly delightful short play that illustrates a common problem in today's society, what happens when you don't listen to the prophetic warning. highly recommended for it's theatricality, humor, wit, and for taking the troupes of classical mythology and changing them.
  • Prince Nice Guy
    1 Apr. 2018
    Delightfully funny while poking fun at those who would try to foist themselves on the unwilling, the so-called "incels" and more. Hageman writes with a light touch in a play I can see appealing to the high school crowd, but while delivering a message that is both timely and timeless. I was smiling throughout, but the script got me thinking as well.

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