Recommended by Audrey Lang

    28 Feb. 2021
    A great ensemble piece for young actors that really does give everyone a chance to be seen and heard from in a meaningful way. "The Importance" has a lot of characters, but I really was able to keep track of all of them. Accuardi has done a wonderful job of making every single one character a distinct, unique, and interesting person.
    28 Feb. 2021
    Accuardi has written a magical adaptation with "The Storyteller." Growing up is hard for the person doing the growing, but it's hard for those around her, too, and this play represents that so well.
  • Bee Trapped Inside a Window
    28 Feb. 2021
    I thoroughly enjoyed watching HartBeat Ensemble's virtual production of Bee Trapped Inside The Window. This play brings together three distinctly different women who spend so much time in close proximity but barely communicating, and when they do finally communicate, what happens is thrilling. I love the way that Saviana Stanescu brings each character into focus over the journey of the play and brings them together.
  • tender of you too
    27 Feb. 2021
    A beautiful play that allows its characters to have both lighthearted and painful moments in their love story. Tara and Allegra untangle their feelings for each other as they untangle Frances and Mary's relationship, too. Anya Richkind's story feels authentic to the present moment and simultaneously transported at times to a space that transcends era. "tender of you too" is a fantastic piece for two young actors that explores queerness, both modern and historical, in a lovely way.
  • The Jersey Devil Doesn't Exist.
    23 Feb. 2021
    In The Jersey Devil Doesn't Exist., Jess Honovich blurs the lines of fantasy and reality, of possibility and impossibility, in a thrilling way. What makes this play feel especially authentic to the teenage girl experience, to me, is the fact that just as the characters don't totally know what happened, neither do we, the audience members or readers. The uncertainty and mystery make me lean in and hang on every page, every word.
    17 Feb. 2021
    In "Giant Slalom," Jess Honovich drops us into a hyper-competitive world with specifics that most people might not know, but the circumstances are instantly clear through her sharp dialogue and exciting characters. Each plot twist was thrilling as I didn't see it coming, but as soon as it had happened, it made total sense. The play also uses place in such an interesting way, even with its very specific setting. I would love to see a production of this play!
  • form of a girl unknown
    16 Feb. 2021
    This is the second play of Charly Evon Simpson's that I've read (in 24 hours... I got a little excited), and I love how much respect she gives her young teen/tween characters, a demographic that so often feels ignored, brushed off, or not written/depicted as real people onstage. Amali is daring, deep, and determined, a fabulously nuanced character that an actor would be so lucky to play.
  • or what she will
    16 Feb. 2021
    This is the play about childhood trauma that needs to be known. It speaks to me both as a survivor of a similar type of trauma and as someone who has spent hours on the phone or on the kitchen floor or in Facebook messages with friends who have. I have been Willa, Faulkner, and Julie, in some way or another, and they are painful, gripping, and realistic. I could not stop reading, could not take my eyes off the page, and I would move mountains to see a production of this play.
    15 Feb. 2021
    "Rain and Zoe Save the World" is an inspiring play that is hopeful amidst hopeless circumstances. As focused as it may be on the two title characters and their stories, both together and apart, its world is expansive and exciting. As a piece about global warming and the politicization of science, I appreciate how well those themes are woven into the emotional arc - as a reader, I emerge with an awareness of the gravity of the situation and an impetus to make change, but not at the cost of a deeply moving story.
    13 Feb. 2021
    The two different time zones that Sara and Lis live in, even as they may be right next to each other, create a powerful metaphor for two people who keep missing each other, not just figuratively, but literally, too. This play is a wonderful depiction of both a complex mother-daughter relationship, and the challenges of being a working mother in a demanding dream career.