Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • Places
    18 Jun. 2021
    Right before my head exploded, my neck was starting to hurt from the constantly surprising plot twisting Martineu employs in this brilliantly meta short play. Read it, savor it, order a neck brace, and produce it.
  • The Author
    17 Jun. 2021
    Full disclosure: I was part of a workshop in which Marjorie was developing this script; being able to read a full draft now and see how she realized the promise of the play is quite gratifying. Tackling plagiarism, academia, and regret with typical Bicknellian humor, Marj has crafted a tour de force for four actresses, ranging in age from 17 – 70, to sink their teeth into. What fun it would be to see them tearing into the drama (and comedy) on stage!
  • Going to the Dogs
    17 Jun. 2021
    My friend Suzanne has often said that if there is such thing as reincarnation, she wants to come back as a dog in America. In this sweet short, Len gets that opportunity – with mixed but ultimately happy results. Along the way there are some very pointed, and very funny, observations about marriage, love, and growing older. And being a dog in a retirement village in America.
  • Going in Blind
    16 Jun. 2021
    A master class in how to write exposition and shift expectations, this is a perfect 10, and a play that must be as exciting to see on stage as it is to read. And, I imagine, a feast for the performers. I loved every word of this.
  • Puppet Man
    15 Jun. 2021
    A riveting prison drama, set apart from others of its ilk by the gritty humanity Black gives his characters; Pretty Boy’s journey to understanding isn’t an easy one, but we root for him all the way precisely because he is portrayed so bluntly, and truthfully.
  • Gag Economy
    15 Jun. 2021
    Being of Irish/Italian and Catholic descent, I LOVE a good revenge tale. And I love John Busser’s work, especially when he’s in darkly humorous mode. There are so many ways I could laud this brief, outRAGEous script, but I think the best thing I can say is I would hire the protagonist in a heartbeat. I have a (not so) little list of my own for her…
  • FOOD GROUP ANGER MANAGEMENT
    15 Jun. 2021
    FOOD FIGHT! What images those two words conjure up, and with so many people with so many food issues these days, it’s not difficult to imagine the kind of group therapy session Vivian Lermond humorously, and astutely, writes about here. Lots of fun: sharp, anxiety provoking, accurately observed fun. And yes, let’s do throw a pot-luck dinner party. It would be interesting to see if anyone emerges unscathed.
  • A PICTURE OF TWO BOYS
    15 Jun. 2021
    As a huge fan of Nick Malakhow’s work, I’m surprised I hadn’t read this mesmerizing play until now. Gorgeously written, the tension hangs in the air like a raincloud threatening to burst at any moment – and when it finally does, Malakhow delivers a perfect storm of emotions that cuts deep and true. A stunning work, a beautiful work, a necessary work.
  • Fur Eliseo
    15 Jun. 2021
    Musical scholars have been debating for years about Beethoven’s sexuality; in this touching drama Conley approaches the composer assuming he was gay and composed “Fur Elise” for his male lover, originally dedicating it “Fur Eliseo.” Using a mix of contemporary dialogue, period formality, and fictional truths, Conley pulls off a charming – if heartbreaking – ode to a love that may have been.
  • The Elusive Pursuit of Maximum Bliss
    15 Jun. 2021
    This is a lovely, touching, happiness-making gem. My bliss meter chimed at the exact same time as Preuss’s character Max’s did, and I’m still basking in the contented glow with which I was left after reading the play. Do yourself a favor, and enjoy bliss; it’s a choice, and it's easily found in these 13 pages.

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