Recommended by Audrey Lang

  • SYZYGY, or the ceasing of the sun
    20 Sep. 2022
    This play stunned and awed me in the most remarkable way, and I can say for certain I've never read anything like it. juliany taveras has written an absolutely gorgeous story of found and, more importantly, chosen family, with luscious dialogue whose poetry and magic does not sacrifice any authenticity. Each character feels full of life and depth, and unique in the ways they react to their overwhelming circumstances. Watching them come together in love and care is extraordinary. SYZYGY scares me and it holds me, it breaks my heart and puts it back together again.
  • Crooked Parts
    12 Jun. 2022
    Crooked Parts is a thought-provoking piece about family, and how to become who you are or will be within your family -- something that is often incredibly challenging. I love the way this play tackles the things we don't, can't, say to the people we love most; watching how Freddy's and Winifred's relationship with Angela changes over the years makes my heart ache for both mother and child.
  • Man and Moon
    18 May. 2022
    A powerful story of finding human connection in a place that is at once the worst place to be, and also the most normal place to be, at least for Luna. “Man and Moon” does a phenomenal job of making the universe small and the people in it enormous.
  • Molly Jones Steals Home
    11 Jan. 2022
    "Molly Jones Steals Home" has so much heart and has me rooting for Molly the whole time -- while feeling so many conflicted feelings about whether or not I should be rooting for the well-meaning adults in her life! This play is so deeply theatrical as well and I would love to see it performed.
  • The Very Furious Kugel
    29 Oct. 2021
    This is such a fun piece and so delightfully Jewish! As a lover and frequent maker of kugel myself, "The Very Furious Kugel" had me smiling and enjoying myself the whole time I was reading it -- as well as craving some kugel!
  • Image May Contain
    29 Oct. 2021
    "Image May Contain" is the kind of play that takes you on a surprising and unexpected journey, but one in which each piece makes total sense and is a perfect fit once you've seen it. I was constantly leaning in, waiting to see what Pearl's next move would be, wondering where her journey would take her and filled with enthrallment that I got to follow her along her way.
  • the bandaged place
    27 Oct. 2021
    What a beautiful, tender play about finding healthy ways to love and to be loved. I did not want the play to end because I genuinely did not want my time with these complicated, tug-at-your-heartstrings characters to end. Each one is so skillfully rendered, each line and action is vital in leading the reader through this gorgeous and moving story. I would absolutely love to see this play performed onstage.
  • comment below
    27 Oct. 2021
    Emmy Kuperschmid's "comment below" asks what it truly means to be yourself, online and off. It is at first humorous and then verging on scary to see the way that Kitty's internet journey balloons out of her control once her mother gets involved, but the intensity of that trajectory makes her quirky, tender friendship with Jess that much more of a relief -- and that much more joyful.
  • The Elephant Play
    25 Oct. 2021
    The unique and surprising circumstances of this play pulled me in instantly, and I could not stop reading. Its comedy mixes nicely with the deep emotions and serious past that Sasha and Jill share. I was constantly engaged as a reader, and can imagine that seeing "The Elephant Play" come to life physically would be an even more exciting experience - what a compelling challenge for directors, designers, and performers.
  • Frankenstein
    22 Jun. 2021
    Danielle Mohlman's adaptation of "Frankenstein" depicts a heartbreaking and remarkable story of love, womanhood, and family, especially mothers and their children. So often we only get to see the devastating effects that toxic masculinity can have on female characters; this play does a great job of touching on its ramifications for each and every character. With so many characters, it's especially impressive that they are all truly and deeply explored in Mohlman's expansive story! I also appreciate the exploration of women who create dark stories and have dark thoughts, and how they are (mis)treated by society.

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