Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • The Trials of Virginia Rappe
    2 Sep. 2021
    Oh, how I love fictionalized stories of Old Hollywood, and Tamar Shai Bolkvadze gives us a wonderfully scintillating version of one of the biggest Tinseltown scandals of its time – and does it with such authority one believes it all happened the way she paints it here. Both theatrical and cinematic in its scope, feel, and structure, the events of the play may have happened 100 years ago but by focusing on the lesser-known player in the Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle affair, the titular Virginia Rappe, Bolkvadze has created a remarkably fresh, contemporary, and exciting work of art.
  • Level Up
    1 Sep. 2021
    Catherine Castellani is in wonderful form here: LEVEL UP is at once hilariously funny and bone-chillingly prescient. It is a testament to her skill at characterization that at times I was not quite sure who’s human and who’s AI, which for me added to the slightly uneasy fun. I imagine when staged it will be even more enjoyable. And thought provoking.
  • Have You Seen Boomer?
    14 Aug. 2021
    I had the pleasure to read the stage directions for a reading of this play recently; what a fabulous dissection of a young marriage. Funny and devastating, Kerr keeps peeling back the layers of this dysfunctional relationship with the skill of a young Albee; his use of humor is as dark, and as hilarious. He also uses repetition to startling effect; there are many loops in this play, yet everything is perfectly clear and the forward momentum never ceases. A really terrific work from a really terrific playwright.
  • The Good Deli
    30 Jun. 2021
    This bittersweet — and often hilarious — piece works so beautifully because it not only captures the frustrations dealing with an obstinate, aging, and unwell parent, but also because everyone in this play is so human and ALIVE; one cares for each of them, and the journeys they are all taking, individually and together. A touching, funny, lovely play.
  • Love • Trust • Escalation
    29 Jun. 2021
    A painfully funny relationship comedy; if anything it proves that total honesty is tremendously over-rated, at least with this couple. LeBlanc keeps piling on the confessions, each one more outrageous than the last, and by the end we’re left exhausted from laughing, and worrying if this marriage will, indeed, survive. Neat trick!
  • Tuz & Soly
    29 Jun. 2021
    A simply gorgeous, beautifully sustained two hander; epic in scope and intimate in character detail, it is a more than worthy companion piece to THE THREE SISTERS, yet it stands on its own as a work of Chekhovian art. A genuinely lovely play, heartbreaking and emotionally true.
  • The Wardrobe
    29 Jun. 2021
    So much is revealed in this completely wordless play; it is a marvel of storytelling, packed with emotion, truth, humor, and heartbreak, and have I mentioned it is COMPLETELY WITHOUT DIALOGUE!?! Bravo, Mr. Mansfield, BRAVO!
  • LIFEafterLIFE
    29 Jun. 2021
    Despair and hope, love and loss, retreating into a virtual life or advancing back into the world after a catastrophe… David Simpatico explores these conflicting emotions in this gut-wrenching two-character musical with sympathetic but clear-eyed honesty. The first half, VIRTUALITY SAL, is as cogent a nervous breakdown in song as I’ve ever heard, and the second half, WHIDA PERU, while noticeably lighter in tone, is no less heartbreaking. Do yourself a favor and listen to the music samples; every note of the score is a perfect match to the emotions of the characters, and the performances are stellar.
  • Falstaff & the Endless Machine
    28 Jun. 2021
    Beautifully conceived and written, and – like Sir John Falstaff himself – larger than life, this origin story lives in its own world, a world which pays homage to Shakespeare yet is complete in and of itself. And with all due respect to Ms. Bear and her assessment of this script, I am not so sure this is a play about Falstaff’s demise so much as it charts the course for his future dissolution. Truly well done.
  • At The Crossroads
    27 Jun. 2021
    In the aftermath of WWII, two women of different ages and social class engage in a battle of wits over the memory of the elder lady’s son, a soldier killed in WWI thirty years before. Their two very different points of view make for a scintillating, and touching, sparring match. Well done.

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