Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • Don
    27 Sep. 2021
    All the “Lear-like” aspects of our former national disgrace are deftly satirized in this pointed, hilarious, yet disturbing short play. Would that the real Don were even half as human as the one imagined by Kyle Smith. But then this play wouldn’t have the heft it does. I’d say this was well done, but that’s such a cliché now I’ll just say it’s a deliciously rare piece for two performers to sink their teeth into.
  • My (Diagnosed) Self
    27 Sep. 2021
    Osmundsen present two sides of an argument in this taut ten-minute, and with his usual passionate precision hits both nails squarely on the head. What’s so wonderful about this conversation is that it IS a conversation, filled with conflict and self-righteous declamations, but front and center is the long-standing friendship between the two characters, and their argument doesn’t devolve into DRAMA for the sake of drama. An exquisite piece.
  • Kalispell
    26 Sep. 2021
    It’s interesting to read a play and then experience it in production. Nuances may be lost in a director’s interpretation while insight not caught on the page may be brought into focus. Such was my experience with this deeply moving family drama; while it’s fun being on the outside looking in, the Hamiltons are one group with whom you do not want to spend Thanksgiving. It’s Ruyle’s gift that he keeps all their machinations spinning seamlessly in short, nearly cinematic bursts of sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking dysfunction, on page and on stage.
  • Homestar
    26 Sep. 2021
    Oh, my God! Extraordinary use of language, situations, and characters make HOMESTAR required reading. It’s a jarring, horrifying, at times hilariously funny, and strangely beautiful script. As a long-time fan of Marshall’s work (Full-disclosure, I was in a writers group with him for many years), this is his most mature work to date, a play that demands to be read, and produced, and seen. Highly recommended.
  • Middle of the World
    26 Sep. 2021
    Politics – world, financial, personal, sexual (especially sexual, and not just in the bedroom) – are the driving force in Juan Alfonso’s MIDDLE OF THE WORLD, a theatrical equivalent to a bundle of dynamite if there ever was one. And as provocative, engaging, and thrilling as it is to read, I can only imagine how provocative, engaging, and thrilling it will be in the hands of a gifted director and cast when it is on stage – which it should be. As I said: dynamite.
  • Stuck with Lemons
    25 Sep. 2021
    Good God, families are messy things. And the family in Marie Amthor Schuett’s STUCK WITH LEMONS is one gloriously fucked up bunch. The things that set this piece apart from other plays about family dysfunction, however, are Schuett’s carefully drawn characters, all in turn both lovable and heinous, as well as the fine line she walks between comedy and heartbreak. Absolutely recommend and would love to see it staged; I believe it would be a real audience pleaser.
  • The Jam
    24 Sep. 2021
    Reneé Flemings does a deep dive into personal identity and family history, taking us along with her on a journey into murky waters that leaves us gasping; her use of jazz motifs throughout is extraordinary, particularly the way she conveys them concurrently through her use of language, an audacious choice that propels the play forward at an ever-quickening pace. I’d love to see this staged.
  • Dance Into Night
    16 Sep. 2021
    Ken Love has an unerring knack for making the poetic theatrical, and the theatrical poetic; folding in bits of noir, jazz, and southern gothic, his DANCE INTO NIGHT is an arresting, jaw-droppingly good play; a fabulous read, I can only imagine how fabulous it would be to see staged. Which it should be. Hopefully soon.
  • Till There Was You
    14 Sep. 2021
    This “what if” rom-com is filled with hilarious one-liners which keep the piece floating along like a genially lethal bubble; lethal because the couple at the center aren’t an exactly well-matched duo. Petretti-Stemper’s warts-and-all portrayal of these two gives them a wonderful sense of reality, however, and despite their flaws they are both extremely likable; one ends up rooting for them at the same time doubting their future. There are great roles for five actors to sink their teeth into, including an ex-wife who steals the show in her one, desperately funny scene.
  • If They Had Succeeded
    14 Sep. 2021
    This stunning work, imagining what could have happened on January 6, 2021, is a terrifying vision of the fragility of life in a world gone berserk. Brutal and at times hard to stomach – although Bronson does allow a glimmer of hope to pierce through the prevailing darkness – this powerful short play is a cautionary tale of our times, and one that is unfortunately necessary, if only to warn us how to prevent what could have been if the rioters at the Capitol had succeeded.

Pages