Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • Homestar
    26 Sep. 2021
    Oh, my God! Extraordinary use of language, situations, and characters make HOMESTAR required reading. It’s a jarring, horrifying, at times hilariously funny, and strangely beautiful script. As a long-time fan of Marshall’s work (Full-disclosure, I was in a writers group with him for many years), this is his most mature work to date, a play that demands to be read, and produced, and seen. Highly recommended.
  • Middle of the World
    26 Sep. 2021
    Politics – world, financial, personal, sexual (especially sexual, and not just in the bedroom) – are the driving force in Juan Alfonso’s MIDDLE OF THE WORLD, a theatrical equivalent to a bundle of dynamite if there ever was one. And as provocative, engaging, and thrilling as it is to read, I can only imagine how provocative, engaging, and thrilling it will be in the hands of a gifted director and cast when it is on stage – which it should be. As I said: dynamite.
  • Stuck with Lemons
    25 Sep. 2021
    Good God, families are messy things. And the family in Marie Amthor Schuett’s STUCK WITH LEMONS is one gloriously fucked up bunch. The things that set this piece apart from other plays about family dysfunction, however, are Schuett’s carefully drawn characters, all in turn both lovable and heinous, as well as the fine line she walks between comedy and heartbreak. Absolutely recommend and would love to see it staged; I believe it would be a real audience pleaser.
  • The Jam
    24 Sep. 2021
    Reneé Flemings does a deep dive into personal identity and family history, taking us along with her on a journey into murky waters that leaves us gasping; her use of jazz motifs throughout is extraordinary, particularly the way she conveys them concurrently through her use of language, an audacious choice that propels the play forward at an ever-quickening pace. I’d love to see this staged.
  • Dance Into Night
    16 Sep. 2021
    Ken Love has an unerring knack for making the poetic theatrical, and the theatrical poetic; folding in bits of noir, jazz, and southern gothic, his DANCE INTO NIGHT is an arresting, jaw-droppingly good play; a fabulous read, I can only imagine how fabulous it would be to see staged. Which it should be. Hopefully soon.
  • If They Had Succeeded
    14 Sep. 2021
    This stunning work, imagining what could have happened on January 6, 2021, is a terrifying vision of the fragility of life in a world gone berserk. Brutal and at times hard to stomach – although Bronson does allow a glimmer of hope to pierce through the prevailing darkness – this powerful short play is a cautionary tale of our times, and one that is unfortunately necessary, if only to warn us how to prevent what could have been if the rioters at the Capitol had succeeded.
  • Cemetery of Dreams
    14 Sep. 2021
    What’s that saying? “Be careful what you wish for?” William Triplett’s surreal fable about the quest for eternal life is an intensely imaginative, theatrical, and darkly comic trip that, as Triplett himself says, “reveals the true meaning of life. Kind of.” Kind of, indeed – if the circle of life is really the circle of death, that is. Wonderfully creepy, with some hilarious lines and two killer roles, this would be a fun addition to any short play festival.
  • Carpe Noctem!
    13 Sep. 2021
    Alan Ayckborn’s “veddy British” BEDROOM FARCE, a darkly comic farce commenting on the sexual mores of the 1970s, is given an even more darkly comic facelift by Yvette Heyliger in this exquisitely wrought, very American circa-NOW updating. Those who know Ayckborn's work will admire how skillfully Heyliger has both honored the original and made it uniquely her own, and those who don’t are in for a treat: a perfectly pitched bedroom farce for the ‘20s with much to say both positive and negative about where we are in the here and now, and not just on matters sexual.
  • Mamma Mia - La Befana?!
    11 Sep. 2021
    A magically inviting example how to tell a holiday story in theatrical terms while exploring the larger themes of mother/daughter relationships, family history and how it affects the generational dynamics, the need for honoring traditions and responsibility, and what an individual’s legacy really means. Enchanting, touching, at times a bit heartbreaking as well as just a little frightening (in a good way), this would be a terrific addition to any theatre company’s holiday programming.
  • Love's Bright Wings
    10 Sep. 2021
    My God, this is gorgeous. Brennan plays expertly with our expectations, delivers a beautifully unexpected twist, and simultaneously breaks our hearts and uplifts our souls. A perfect little gem of a play, with two wonderfully layered roles for two performers to embrace. Just… gorgeous.

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