Recommended by Doug DeVita

  • 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.)
  • CLOSING CREDITS: An Evening with Frank Capra
    29 Jul. 2019
    Mixing direct address with dialogue scenes, CLOSING CREDITS: An Evening with Frank Capra is exactly what its title says it is: an evening with the immigrant from Italy who gave his name to a uniquely American style of movie making. Charming, yet sprawling, exhaustively detailed, yet free-wheeling, the play is a field day for inventive directors and performers to bring the legendary director and the golden era of Hollywood in which me made his mark, to life.
  • 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!
  • The Island
    20 Jul. 2019
    What an exquisite piece of writing. As he does with his full-length play “All My Love, Kate,” Breen perfectly captures the restrictions of an era (in this case the late 1950s) and makes them all the more touching — and heartbreaking — with his teen-aged characters whose paths cross when they ditch the suffocating summer camps where they’ve been left; Janet is at a camp for overweight young ladies, Oliver at church run retreat to “pray away the gay.” A beautiful, tender work.
  • All My Love, Kate
    14 Jul. 2019
    It is sometimes difficult to remember that there was a time, still in living memory, when one had to sign love letters with a pseudonym because the love was forbidden. Joe Breen's "All My Love, Kate" is at times touching, heartbreaking, horrifying, and outrageously funny, and a cogent reminder that love is a freedom as worth fighting for as any other.
  • Aokigahara
    8 Jul. 2019
    Weird and wonderful examination of the humiliation that comes from loss, especially the loss of one's dignity, and the possible curative power in the search for peace via suicide. Surprisingly tender, surprisingly funny, and intriguing from start to finish.
  • ZOMBIE TEEN: A HALLOWEEN MONOLOGUE
    8 Jul. 2019
    What fun, and what a great role for a teen-aged actor to, uhm, sink their teeth into. Perfect for a Halloween -themed evening, but also for any kind of festival showcasing younger actors.
  • Useless Information
    8 Jul. 2019
    Sharply drawn characters, tight interweaving of monologues, direct address, and confrontational scenes, whip smart and funny dialogue... USELESS INFORMATION perfectly captures that "odd man out" feeling that comes from being just a little different from everyone else in the room, as well as being the smartest. And it does so in a very entertaining, if triumphantly heartbreaking, way.
  • The Book of Daniel
    8 Jul. 2019
    What a smart, touching, and intelligent little gem, particularly for what Aronovitch says so delicately, but clearly, between the lines. Wonderfully endearing characters, too, and a perfect sense of time and place, help make this a terrific 10-minute play.

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