Recommended by Greg Lam

  • Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User's Guide
    5 Dec. 2018
    A political satire first produced in the run-up to the 2016 election. Sadly, it's more relevant than ever! A searing indictment of right wing demagoguery by characters who are not living up to their preaching. It's a multimedia script, with visuals occasionally commenting on the action on stage. With that said, it's also very funny and adventurous and not just a one-sided polemic. Speaking with the playwright for my podcast, a surprising amount of the seemingly cartoonish demagogues was drawn from her own family upbringing.

    This play will be featured in a future episode of Boston Podcast Players (bostonpodcastplayers.com)
  • Mox Nox
    5 Dec. 2018
    An intriguing and beguiling play that uses a post-apocalypticish setting as the background to a fractured family drama. The sisters decay physically and mentally while the world falls apart around them. Having talked with the playwright, I never would have guessed that the starting point of writing this play was as a vehicle for featuring stage magic. This would be very interesting to see live.

    This play will be featured in a future episode of Boston Podcast Players (bostonpodcastplayers.com)
  • Queen of Sad Mischance
    14 Nov. 2018
    This is a very engaging three person play in which a storied academic with declining faculties jibes with her latest assistant who is trying to get a foothold in academia herself. The writing is so precise and the voices of the characters are so very distinct. It wears its intellect on its sleeve but is still accessible on a character level. An actor's dream.

    The Queen of Sad Mischance is featured on the December 2018 episode of the Boston Podcast Players podcast (https://www.bostonpodcastplayers.com/updates/2018/12/5/john-minigan)
  • The Travellers
    9 Oct. 2018
    A promising and fun take on the time travel genre. A teenaged girl about to embark on her grown up life gets a fast forward to her future and her past under the watch of the exasperated Traveller, learning about the consequences of her choices. The unique voice of the main character, which extends into the stage directions, gives the piece its breezy tone.
    Hear an excerpt on the play with playwright interview here: https://www.bostonpodcastplayers.com/bpp-season1/
  • Octavia and Kleopatra [podcast excerpt]
    9 Oct. 2018
    A fascinating reimagining of ancient history supposing a meeting and conflict between two great female leaders, pulling both figures out of the shadows of the famous men they are currently associated with. It's not post-modern but reads more like a newly discovered forgotten classic in its appoach. Hear an excerpt on the play with playwright interview here: https://www.bostonpodcastplayers.com/bpp-season1/
  • Oh, No! I Flew Too Close to the Sun!
    4 Oct. 2018
    A backstage comedy from the birth of the stage. This cleverly droll take on the actor’s nightmare is full of deadpan hilarity.
  • M and The Water Man
    4 Oct. 2018
    As someone who writes sci-fi myself, I appreciate good world building and when the playwright manages to remember that the characters are fully formed people beyond the requirements of the sci-fi premise. Vaughn paints indelible characters with the barest of brush strokes, hurt survivors defined by their boundaries.
  • 16 Inches
    15 Feb. 2018
    This is a hilarious, profane play which uses a softball team in Chicago as the pinhole to view all manner of issues in race, class, gentrification, sexuality, change, and life. The players on this team are all going through a lot of stuff as the world changes around them. It's laugh-out-loud funny, and the details are so specific you feel as if you can pinpoint the block in Chicago the game is being played. Hear an excerpt on the play with playwright interview here: https://www.bostonpodcastplayers.com/bpp-season1/
  • THE DISTANCE
    7 Feb. 2018
    Waiting For Godot meets Walking Dead? This darkly amusing take on the Zombie Apocalypse follows two mismatched women stranded on an island desperately searching for other forms of human contact. They meet one couple, and hears from another party on their CB, but neither interaction is satisfactory to the women. Though the world is populated by zombies, this interesting play is not as much of a horror play as it is an existential examination of loneliness and the need for human connection.
  • Don't Give Up the Ship
    19 Jun. 2017
    This is a loopy character based comedy in which a woman comes out of an accident convinced she's a naval war hero from the 19th century. Her fractured family of two daughters and ex-husband are forced to play along with the reality that the recovering woman is manufacturing, playing the roles assigned to them. And their nurse Lizzie becomes the Commodore's beloved wife and all consuming passion. This play presents its delightful oddball premise and never gives up its momentum. Featured on an episode of Boston Podcast Players https://www.bostonpodcastplayers.com/updates/2018/11/7/laura-neill

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