Recommended by Donna Hoke

  • Melt (The Miamians)
    15 Dec. 2015
    What a beautiful play! McKeever assembles a seemingly disparate cast and stirs them up, allowing them to bristle and bump while the relentless Miami heat works to soften their edges until they're no longer sharp enough to cut. The structure, perfectly suited to the play's content, imbues MELT with layers of history and culture that strengthen its resonance and universality. I would love to see a production of this.
  • Daniel's Husband
    15 Dec. 2015
    Opening at Buffalo United Artists was a stunning night that made everyone in the room remember why we love theater. The cast was sobbing, the audience was on its feet--sobbing--because we'd all just had that rare experience that allowed us to meld with story and cast, be moved in unexpected ways, rethink what we thought we knew, and come away feeling unified in our humanity. Yes, this play does all that--and more.
  • The Gun Show
    8 Oct. 2015
    I was fortunate to see an intimate and early incarnation of this show at the 2013 Dramatists Guild conference, and have just read the newest version. If possible, it's even more compelling, more precise, more haunting, more personal. You can't walk away without rethinking everything you thought you knew. A beautiful piece of work.
  • Life On My Knees (A New Award winning Comedy)
    24 Aug. 2015
    From the spot-on character descriptions straight through to the end, the laughs simply do not let up. Expertly wrought and exquisitely fine-tuned, this play is the rare comedy that has just as much weight as it does humor. Downs is a true talent in this arena.
  • Hairdresser on Fire
    13 Aug. 2015
    What a stunningly accurate portrait of friendship and relationships and our inability to stop friends from getting hurt. Niles' page 55 monologue alone makes this worth reading, but Scott's ear for reality shines throughout.
    30 Jul. 2015
    A compelling character drawn in record time. I hope to see Don Ponzo as part of a longer work in the future
    27 Jul. 2015
    I first saw this as a ten-minute play several years ago, something I realized instantly the minute I began reading--clearly, the characters had stayed with me. I much enjoyed the fleshing out of the main character's backstory and the flashback visuals that were only in memory in the shorter version.
  • @thespeedofJake
    21 Jul. 2015
    There is another popular play about the death of a child that has never felt real to me; it feels like a journalist has gathered facts and was unable to imbue them with any sense of truth about this specific grief. This play has done what that one could not; it is full of painful and heartbreaking truth, exquisitely expressed (Emily's monologue is PERFECT) and, in the end, like a Pandora's box of grief, a tiny shred of hope emerges.
  • PEN: A Musical
    20 Jul. 2015
    Good humor, good music, and a good love story combine in a musical that proves the right person can be wrong for all the right reasons (it's complicated!)
  • una casa/a home
    8 Jul. 2015
    Always tackling big issues with a subtle and deft hand, Stephen Kaplan uses one home in danger of extinction to illustrate how we are more similar than we are different and that we can't go home again because we never really leave.