Recommended by Hank Kimmel

  • A Shonda
    10 Jul. 2020
    loved reading this.
    I loved its eloquence, passion, compassion, and theatricality.
    I was engrossed the entire time reading it, and I imagine the experience with this play would be even deeper experiencing live on stage.
    I found the ending touching, surprising and well-earned.
  • A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx
    27 Jun. 2020
    Perhaps because I have roots traced to the Bronx and Long Island around the same time (plus the fact that it was written so cleanly) , this was a brisk read for me.   It certainly captures a bygone era when Jewish families family scattered to different suburbs (Long island, Westchester and New Jersey), and where they lost some of their cultural and personal connections to their immigrant roots.  This evoked those memories -- plus the memory of when the Baltimore Orioles were scarily good! The play is authentic to its time period where there was a cross between values.
  • Rights of Passage
    12 Jun. 2020
    These short plays wonderfully and comically and dramatically portray five important life cycle events -- in ways that are humorous, poignant and surprising. The characters are connected by the empathy they elicit. It was exciting to read these plays, I imagine it's even more glorious to see them on stage.
  • B Is For Bullsh!t
    12 Jun. 2020
    I had the pleasure of seeing a virtual reading of this play recently, and it takes an intense and thought-provoking look into the ways we self-identify -- and how that self-identification affects our relationships with others. Smartly, sharply and bravely written.
  • CRACKED
    6 Jun. 2020
    A family drama that is spirited and well-crafted. It was gripping from being to end -- with the question of why rather than who and how. With the backdrop of an Israeli family, this raises specific details about their pain -- in a way that applies to many families of different faiths.
  • Movie Reel
    4 Jun. 2020
    After having read, seen, and heard many Zoom-related plays, I am quite taken with MOVIE REEL which conveys the mood and spirit of the day in a passionately lean way. It is a play that offers abundant staging possibilities, as it is a play that is open to various interpretations. To me, it would a fascinating showcase to see this play enacted by four different sets of actors/directors to see how they interpret the same material. The play is short, the dialogue clips along -- it would lend itself to this.
  • Old Goldilocks and the Two Bears, a 10-minute play
    4 Jun. 2020
    A delightful and unique take on the Goldilocks story -- as an elderly American backpacker finds refuge in an enchanted part of Spain.
  • Cool Metal
    3 Jun. 2020
    This is a gripping "love story" that had me racing toward the end to see what this couple was going to choose to do with their futures. I found myself entranced by the lean, efficient dialogue -- and the couple's "cool" desire to connect. I took a deep breath at the end. This was a real treat to read.
  • Killing Time (One Act 30-minute)
    15 May. 2020
    This play operated on three cylinders for me -- as the mundane gets heightened in a surrealistic way. Something routine -- going to the same restaurant at the same time for the same time -- becomes twisted as the businessman protagonist realizes he needs to take further inventory of both the menu and his life. This is a fitting play to ready at any time, and, to me at least, particularly in the time of Covid where those things that are commonplace become unsettled. Nicely done, Len!!!