Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • The People You Meet in Heaven
    28 Feb. 2021
    Wonderfully existentialist one-minute charmer, with a helluva twist at the end.
  • James of Nazareth
    28 Feb. 2021
    This is a terrific work. By turns funny, horrifying, lighthearted, infuriating… read it yourself and fill in your own adjectives and superlatives; Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend has written quite the parable for our times here. Her use of contemporary language and mores bring the script to sharply observed life and give it an immediacy that is both hugely entertaining as well as deeply thought-provoking. I would love to see this staged.
  • Floating on Hope Ave
    28 Feb. 2021
    What I love most about this play is the ambitious structure Cogswell employs; reminiscent of the film “Dunkirk,” this touching collection of stories about gay men trying to connect is told in several alternate time frames, all happening at once. It’s a breathtaking conceit, and one that works beautifully here. Terrific roles for LGBTQ performers.
  • The Cost of Dying
    28 Feb. 2021
    John Busser working in creepy paranoia mode is just as good as John Busser working in silly comedy mode, which leads to the inevitable conclusion that John Busser is really, really good in any mode in which he chooses to work. Oh, and don’t drink the coffee if he offers it to you.
  • Sunrise Coven
    28 Feb. 2021
    “It’s no small thing, when your drug dealer dumps you. I would think it occasions a self- reflection.” Lines like that impress me, and this wonderfully surreal comedy is rife with them. Brendan Bourque-Sheil’s absurdist approach to his premise and characters is the work’s greatest strength; the lines are convulsively funny not because they are witty punchlines, but because they are deeply rooted in the wants and needs of both characters and plot: no matter how farfetched things get, Bourque-Sheil keeps things completely believable because he, and by extension us, believe in them – no mean feat.
  • The Joys of Christmas: A Monologue
    28 Feb. 2021
    Bizarrely beautiful, Sabrina Rose Bivens’ monologue challenges and excites with its dreamlike tone and intensely personal – yet universal ¬– paean to individuality and acceptance. Great role for an actress.
  • Adagio
    28 Feb. 2021
    Endings, beginnings, secrets, lies, and a ricocheting ball of emotions are Bivens’ playthings in this taut, two-character work in which decades of feeling are skillfully unearthed in a little over ten minutes of playing time. Two great roles for older performers and a deceptively simple premise make this highly producible.
  • Trade With Klan: A Play about Choices
    28 Feb. 2021
    This period piece from Donald E. Baker perfectly captures the rural America of both past and contemporary society, and jolts one out of even the tiniest bit of complacency which may have set in since the change in administration with nearly every well-considered line. As timeless as it is timely, TRADE WITH KLAN… is ugly, and brutal, and pulls no punches. It is a must read, must produce part of the ongoing American story.
  • Intestate: A 5-Minute COVID-19 Monologue
    28 Feb. 2021
    An angry, gut-wrenching cautionary monologue from Donald E. Baker, proving the more things change, the more they stay the same, at least in terms of LGBTQ issues in this country – especially in times of a health crisis. Beautifully written, with a message that – while not preach ¬– needs to be taken to heart. Great role for an older actor, too.
  • Game
    29 Jan. 2021
    The tension and paranoia ratchet up with every well paced and placed word in this stunning, thought-provoking, lean, and scary mind-fuck of a play. Excellent work, with two great roles for actors skilled at subtlety.

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