Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • BLACKCURRANT JAM
    29 Mar. 2020
    Lermond beautifully captures the thoughts and feelings swirling through our selves as we realize our worlds are changing, even as we cling to the comforting rituals of our old lives. So many layers of meaning are packed into this monologue; it will be a gift for any actress to discover and perform.
  • MOM!
    29 Mar. 2020
    Seidel accomplishes two things in this short comedy: he points out with chilling accuracy exactly why it’s going to be very difficult to contain and flatten the spread of the corona virus, and — perhaps even more impressively — he pinpoints that inevitable moment when the child becomes the parent and the parent the child, a feat that will keep the play timely no matter the outcome of the current pandemic. And he does both with a breezy comic wit and poignant charm.
  • Only You Can Reject Jelly Beans
    28 Mar. 2020
    Osmundsen expertly nails the frustrations — exacerbated by the current pandemic — felt by anyone, gay or straight, who does not fit society’s largely fabricated beauty mold, and he does it with his trademark on-the-nose and darkly comic wit. A great piece for an actor to chomp into: a terrific script, character, AND jelly beans! What more does one need? Even when one is alone on a Saturday night?
  • Dear Anne, From Nina
    28 Mar. 2020
    This is a charming, touching, and lovely work, made all the more poignant knowing what we know. Haas has beautifully captured life in both mid-America and in Europe on the brink of, and then during World War II, as well as created vivid characterizations of both Nina, the Iowan farm girl, and Anne, characterizations that ring true and burst with life. A great script for any time, it is particularly relevant now, for we must never forget. Ever.
  • SPEED DATING IN PARADISE
    27 Mar. 2020
    What a devilishly enchanting spin on the Adam & Eve story; laugh-out-loud funny and completely charming, Lermond’s script is a non-stop riot of puns, quips, one-liners, and witty retorts, all at the service of a smart comedy with a surprising, but wonderfully beating heart.
  • Our Species is Screwed
    27 Mar. 2020
    The dazzling wordplay Evan Baughfman employs in this sharply comic little gem masks — barely — the darker underlying themes regarding the preservation of the species, and who/what is worthy of being saved. Oh, and semantics come into play, in a big, hilarious way. Taut and witty, this is a fun satirical piece with two great roles.
  • A Plant on a Shelf
    27 Mar. 2020
    This lovely reminder that we are all interconnected is a lyrical monologue of hope in a time when we need to be reminded on a daily basis. A gently beautiful work.
  • Capsmittment
    27 Mar. 2020
    A season subscription to anything is a HUGE commitment, especially for the two hockey fans bromancing in this brilliantly funny comedy. Koppen's dialogue is delightfully real, her characters are hilariously lovable archetypal dudes, and the whole thing is so beautifully paced it's an absolute joy to read; I can only imagine how wonderfully it plays.
  • TRANSMISSION
    27 Mar. 2020
    This is a mesmerizing piece that accomplishes everything a work for the theater should: it tells its story with perfectly chosen words, it engages with a wonderfully creative, theatrical intimacy, and it challenges us to think, and perhaps shift our perspectives a bit. I'm not usually one for immersive theatre pieces, but man, I'd love to be in the room when this happens!
  • The Godfather of the Monkey Bars
    26 Mar. 2020
    Five year olds really are gangsters. They also take themselves very, very seriously. Emily Hageman understands this, and uses her familiarity with her characters’ behavior to superb effect in this howlingly funny spoof of both gangster films and five year olds. It's just such wonderfully silly fun, made better by Hageman's refusal to condescend in her depiction of these little monsters. She respects them, and thus so do we, even as we gasp and laugh at their antics – perhaps because we recognize the five year old still living in ourselves.

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