Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • HALF MOON BAY
    30 Jul. 2019
    John Jiler's moody, evocative "Half Moon Bay" grabbed me on page 1, and never let go. A haunting tale about the illogical logic of an ill-fated obsession, Jiler's characters are so real, so flawed, and so human, one can't help but be swept up into their lives, and wonder, or is it worry, about their future long after having read the last page.
  • Be Mine
    30 Jul. 2019
    Set in the not-too-distant future after a series of not-so-improbable climate change catastrophes, “Be Mine’s” frighteningly funny argument posits that despite apocalyptic events, human nature itself won’t ever change — for better or worse. A provocative argument, lightly but deftly handled by McPherson.
  • Baby Starbucks
    29 Jul. 2019
    Using a Starbucks in Manhattan as ground zero for a treatise on race relations in the Trump era is an inspired idea: where else is conspicuous consumption and white privilege better represented than the ubiquitous coffee shop that caters to the self absorbed kooks with too much time and money on their hands, and who fake a congenial intimacy with the baristas who serve them on a daily basis? But when something goes wrong, be it a badly made latte, or a missing baby, things get real ugly, real fast.
  • Sondheim Syndrome
    29 Jul. 2019
    A bit of inspired silliness from the fertile mind of Marjorie Bicknell, “Sondheim Syndrome” is more a sketch than a short play, but one can easily imagine it giving audiences belly laughs as it rolls merrily along its way.
  • The Happy Meal
    29 Jul. 2019
    What fun! A bratty kid, an inexperienced cop, and two McDonalds employees serving up Happy Meals and drug deals all crash into each in this well-crafted, truly hilarious ten-minute farce. I was laughing out loud right up to the last lines.
  • DESPERATION
    29 Jul. 2019
    "Desperation" is another wonderful example of Marj O'Neill-Butler’s expert ability to write very funny comedies that deal with the issues faced by contemporary women over fifty, in the process creating smart, multi-layered characters into which older actresses can sink their teeth. I laughed out loud on several occasions, and fell in love with everyone in this play.
  • Battleground State
    29 Jul. 2019
    In "Battle Ground State," Tony Tambasco expertly paints an America in the not so distant future, when the Republicans and Democrats have devolved from being warring political parties to becoming warring nations, and he does it by using the problems of one small family trying to avoid playing on the larger stage of the politics they're forced to confront in order to survive. Chilling, topical, and ultimately terrifying.
  • The Princess of America
    29 Jul. 2019
    This charming, gentle short play captures the whimsy of childhood fantasies, along with the bonds – and rivalry – of young siblings beautifully. What gives it added depth is the knowledge that fate of these children (Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV's son and daughter) is bound to a larger world of which they have very little understanding, and it looms over the entire play like a thundercloud that never lets loose, allowing the children, and us by extension, to enjoy the moment, like a lovely summer's day.
  • Coney Island Surprise
    29 Jul. 2019
    What fun! A surreal, dreamlike experience for both the protagonist, tour guide Sean, and the audience itself. In a way reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, author Stephen Cole captures the dream-like state perfectly, but with the sharper edges of contemporary New York: underneath the grit and insanity, there is that beating heart that gives the city its pulse, exemplified by the two main characters: the nearly jaded Sean, and the feisty octogenarian Miriam (a gold mine for an older actress.)
  • True Will
    24 Jul. 2019
    Terrific. Whip smart satire, deliciously funny, and the dialogue snaps, crackles, and pops with wit of the highest order. Bravo, Mr. Triplett. Bravo!

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