Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • The One Named Leo
    28 Feb. 2021
    This tender little gem about a hopelessly hopeful romantic is a poignant, sweet, and heartbreaking winner. Beautifully written, with characters one cares about deeply, this is a natural for short play festivals everywhere and anytime. Just lovely.
  • How to Talk to Your Child About BDSM
    28 Feb. 2021
    Sick, twisted, and hilarious. And at least these parents realize they’ve probably screwed up their kid. “…Who hasn’t? Better from us than the internet, right?” Brill. Positively brill.
  • The Hour of Feeling
    28 Feb. 2021
    Good God, what a stunning play! It works on so many levels it leaves one dizzy with anticipation for the next line, the next turn of the page, the next twist in the plot… Terrific sense of time, place and characters one loves despite – or maybe because of – their flaws, and one hopes the choices the make are the right ones, while knowing how impossible those choices are in the moment. Beautifully done from beginning to end.
  • Mute Me Baby, One More Time
    28 Feb. 2021
    McClain pretty much sums up dating in the digitally mandated, self-distancing world in which we’re currently living, and she does it with hilariously sad accuracy. One feels for both of these tech-challenged people, and fervently hopes they’ll have a second, more propitious chance to make their incipient relationship bloom. A wonderful Zoom play with wonderful roles.
  • One Fifty
    28 Feb. 2021
    This is a fascinating look at human nature, smartly structured and often quite funny. Martineau’s characters are nicely balanced archetypes, straddling the line between believably normal and theatrically stylized with ease, and I imagine they would be fun to play, as well as fun to watch.
  • For Richard, for Poorer
    28 Feb. 2021
    I love very single word of this convulsively funny, impeccably truthful play, right up to its perfect closing line. Now let’s all have cake!
  • The Last of the Amazons (full-length)
    28 Feb. 2021
    Epic. Epic in its scope and its emotional heft… and yet remarkably focused and intimate in its wealth of feeling. Paco José Madden packs a lot of punch into this lean, swiftly moving 55 pager; its impact is as far-reaching as something twice as long. I’d love to see this staged, as the possibilities for inventive staging and performances are massive, and potentially quite thrilling.
  • The End Is Just The Beginning
    28 Feb. 2021
    Well this is just wonderfully nasty fun, with a wonderfully nasty twist at the end which plays beautifully into contemporary ennui and paranoia. A perfect example of how to write a Zoom play with heft, rapidity, and wit.
  • CRIME DON'T PAY
    28 Feb. 2021
    This tasty bit of cautionary Americana is wonderfully rich in atmospheric detail and offers a great role for a monologist. Homespun folksiness and terrifying Southern Gothic all in a scant three minutes? Yes please!
  • Lack of Moisture
    28 Feb. 2021
    I don't think I have I ever seen a marriage so expertly, and subtly, delineated as Debbie Lamedman does here. Setting traps through an ingenious device (crossword puzzle clues), Lamedman hooks us in and then pulls the spring with vicious alacrity; we’re both stunned by how obvious it all is, and yet how surprised we are. A terrific work, and a feast for two actors.

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