Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • Adultoids
    15 Jan. 2022
    JB Miller's dark farce is by turns hilarious, horrifying, and heartbreaking, sometimes all three in a single line of dialogue. Miller deftly explores what happens when parents get involved in their children's squabbles, and his set up is so natural that you willingly follow along as everything gets more and more complicated; suddenly you realize you've fallen down the rabbit hole into a kind of psychosexual wonderland. You don't quite know how you got there, but you don't mind because it's all so wild, weird, and wonderfully funny. Bullseye!
  • Is This All This Is
    14 Jan. 2022
    Osmundsun writes exquisitely conversational exposition; his dialogue doesn't just "get the job done," it tells several stories all at once, it hints at deeper layers that are mined with cutting precision, and it turns what could in lesser hands be considered political "soap-boxing" into a passionate plea for understanding. Beautifully handled all the way.
  • Throwing Rocks (Short Play)
    14 Jan. 2022
    About as sharply incisive a play about loss, denial, grief, and despair as one can get, Lamedman still imbues this script with a lightness that makes it all the more compelling – and haunting. A deeply moving, truly gorgeous work.
  • THE MATING HABITS OF SHORELINE BIRDS
    14 Jan. 2022
    “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
    — John Keats

    And Lermond’s touching ode to later life change, while not in the least having anything to do with a Grecian Urn, is all about the truth in beauty and the beauty in truth. A deceptively simple piece, and simply wonderful from its first page to its last.
  • Shanti at Peace
    13 Jan. 2022
    Once again, Ladva walks that line between specificity and universality, and once again she gives us a delicately balanced, beautifully heartfelt work. Oh, how I'd love to see this performed; the two actresses required will have a field day with such rich, emotionally layered characters to play, and the play itself will seem all the more deeply rewarding as it connects with its audiences on every level. A play brought to life because of the COVID crisis, but one that stands on its own, simultaneously timely and timeless.
  • Joey Age 7
    13 Jan. 2022
    Delving even further into the fractured world of his title character, Swenson hints at even worse trials this child has to endure, and again does it with razor sharp acuity. Completely horrifying and heartbreaking.
  • Joey Age 6
    13 Jan. 2022
    Gut-wrenching in both its horrifying specificity and heartbreaking innocence, Swenson brings an acutely trained eye to the subject of child abuse and gives us a title character you can’t help but want to save. At times hard to read, but oh, so necessary as it brings you right into the mindset of an abused child with cutting truth.
  • Protocols
    13 Jan. 2022
    Gatton takes a baseball bat and runs amok with our emotions. By turns funny and horrifying, this gem is ultimately a heartbreakingly beautiful delineation of a sibling relationship in which each sibling has the other’s back, and the wherewithal to do what needs to be done. All the feels.
  • Under the August Moon
    10 Jan. 2022
    We all wonder what the afterlife will hold for us, just as we wish for those who've gone before us to "rest in peace." PMiddletonW tackles these thoughts with his usual aplomb, both begging and answering the question as to what it means to "rest in peace." Who hasn't felt some of our loved ones are not yet resting peacefully? In this poignant two-hander, Sam has found his peace, while Doug has not. A touching work that gives as plausible an answer to one of life's eternal questions as any.
  • Right as Rain
    9 Jan. 2022
    A beautiful play about an enduring friendship. The conversational dialogue flows smoothly, delineating the two main characters and their relationship, and builds naturally to a visceral gut punch at the end. A lovely, touching work, with two meaty roles for late middle-aged actors.

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