Recommended by Jake Lewis

  • Round and Round
    20 Mar. 2022
    What a hoot! Just when you thought the trope of cavemen had been beaten to death with a club by that insurance company, here comes Armstrong's take on the invention of the wheel. The original odd couple, Ugg and Francis are the most memorable Neanderthals you will see on a stage, thanks to Armstrong's dexterity at humor and heart.
  • Ugly Doctor Hospital
    20 Mar. 2022
    Busser's sound effects-heavy play was the perfect choice to kick off my theatre group's "Podcast Plays" with a bang. Like the best audio dramas, Busser's characters are unique and larger-than-life. Reminiscent of Neil Simon's work at its peak, this short play's fast-and-funny wittiness and winks to the audience make it a total crowd-pleaser.
  • Choices: A Ten-Minute Play
    20 Mar. 2022
    This play exemplifies my favorite kind of work: It's a "Black Mirror"-esque moral quandary that feels like it could one day be all too real in this ever-problematic world we live in. You are at first won over by the comical setup, but as the story unfolds, you find yourself asking what you would do faced with such a dilemma. McLindon once again keeps the action fast-paced but leaves much to think about when all is said and done.
  • Gentri-Fried Chicken
    24 Dec. 2021
    I love this play for so many reasons, chief among them the satirical stance it takes on millennials, and the pointedness of gentrification. Hovanesian proves he’s a master at any playwriting form.
  • Action Figures
    24 Dec. 2021
    A sweet yarn paying homage to the people and things in our lives that hold meaning.
  • Disengaged Bedfellows (1 minute play)
    24 Dec. 2021
    A heart-wrenching short play about the end of a marriage, I admired Speckman’s honest yet tender approach to each partner. It reminds us love is so powerful it cam sometimes be felt across distances far and wide in different ways.
  • Begging the Question
    24 Dec. 2021
    A play every mama’s boy, like me, can relate to. It’ll put a big smile on your face as it did mine for long past the minute-long length of this short play.
  • Blunk
    24 Dec. 2021
    An honest and heartfelt look at male relationships and vulnerability. Baughfmann is able to do in 60 seconds what other playwrights might be able to do in 2 hours, but not with such tenderness and believability. An important play.”
  • Nothing Ever Happens
    24 Dec. 2021
    This short monodrama feels almost noir-ish, packing a heap of deep questions that may challenge one’s philosophies on religion and life. However, Carbajal’s acerbic tone and in-your-face dialogue makes the journey into this gray area full of light.
  • Imaginary Friends
    24 Dec. 2021
    This gem of a one-minute play oozes pure joy and heart, asking the question what happens to our childhood fantasies when we grow up? A question, one would think, that requires more time than 60 seconds to explore, but Hall expertly crafts a witty and fun response that we can all get behind.

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