Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • Petie
    5 Aug. 2019
    Haunting, heart-breaking, and at times surprisingly hilarious, Lori Fischer's "Petie" rivets from first page to last. Parsing out information as needed with an exquisite command of non-expository exposition, Fischer steadily builds tension with each succeeding, beautifully written scene, her all-too-human characters maintaining interest and sympathy even when their actions are frustratingly obtuse, and even, at times, heinous. A sure ear for the rhythms of her characters speech adds a shimmering effect which is quite appropriate for a memory play, especially one as delicate, yet tough, as this one. A true gem.
  • Remote Control
    5 Aug. 2019
    Creepy, unsettling, paranoia-inducing, stalker-nightmare-fueling fun.
    4 Aug. 2019
    I have long been a fan of Suzanne Bachner’s work; in a former life, before I began writing my own plays, I reviewed “Circle” for the off-off Broadway Review. A snippet of that review:

    “With gleeful acidity, Circle explores issues of sex, power, desire, and intimacy.”

    Re-reading the play recently, I stand by my original assessment; it’s a wonderful work.!menuID=Circle%20Bachner
  • Laurel and Hardy and Chaplin
    4 Aug. 2019
    For a “*very early draft,” Tyler Joseph Rossi’s “Laurel and Hardy and Chaplin” is pretty tight. Fictional meetings between historical characters generally make for interesting theater, and Rossi demonstrates a sure hand here as the titular characters meet in an otherwise empty speakeasy at the dawn of the “talkies.” They drink, accuse each other of intellectual theft, and engage in a knock-down drag-out bar-room brawl in a promising play that deftly exposes the pain underneath their comedic genius. I’m looking forward to watching this develop.
  • Capital
    4 Aug. 2019
    This is delightfully delicious; Armstrong’s farce moves like wildfire and provokes nearly non-stop laughter as it races along its wildly inventive, smartly conceived, and beautifully constructed course.
  • Staging
    4 Aug. 2019
    Maybe the lullaby of old Broadway lights the way to opening a new window into the glamorous life of a real estate agent? Kate Danley's "Staging" – like Marjorie Bicknell's short "Sondheim Syndrome"– is another charming look into the necessity of using Broadway musicals as a selling tool. Apparently there's no business like show business, especially on the street where you live. So, hey, big spenders: Happy Hunting!

    And hey, Mr. Producer: pairing Bicknell's and Danley's shows would make for some enchanted evening.

    (Okay, I'm done.)
    2 Aug. 2019
    "Cry Havoc," by Tom Coash, grabs you by the throat on page 1, and never lets go. Gripping, terrifying, heartbreaking, and sadly still all too relevant.

    (Full disclosure: I was the marketing director for Abingdon Theatre Company when they produced this play in 2007. I loved it then, and I still love it; I'm thrilled to have a platform like NPX to recommend it to a larger audience.)
  • Meet Me in the Bathroom
    2 Aug. 2019
    Playwright Cassie M. Seinuk characterizes "Meet Me In The Bathroom" as currently under development. As a work in progress: it's already well on its way to being a WOW! Seinuk has a firm grasp on the language, the personalities, and the almost unbearable pressure of being a teen-ager in a world where high-school reputations are made and destroyed with a single click. As Choderlos de Laclos wrote in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses:" "When one woman aims at the heart of another, she rarely misses. And the wound is invariably fatal." Seinuk hits a bullseye here. Brava.
  • Unspoken
    1 Aug. 2019
    Sarah Cosgrove Gaumond’s UNSPOKEN is a sensitive work, beautifully balancing melancholy and hope as her protagonist, Cate, confronts her past in order to heal. Playing with time and place, the play is structured as a series of quick, short scenes, giving it a cinematic feel which builds the tension and pulls us deeper into Cate’s story, allowing a catharsis for both her and the audience simultaneously.
  • The Present Imperfect
    30 Jul. 2019
    An interesting, touching, and spot on character study that perfectly captures the dynamics of 3 siblings dealing with the suicide of their elder brother. Grief, denial, blame... all the emotions are bared with precision as they stumble their way to a greater understanding of their place in each others lives.