Recommended by Jan Probst

  • Is This All This Is
    19 Jul. 2023
    A tender family drama, nestled within the social and cultural mores of the present moment. The intriguing story is populated with beautifully imperfect people, bumping up against each other's needs, longings and differences. Osmundsen thoughtfully presents two very distinct autistic characters, each trying to find themselves and their place in a world that wants to define them. Illustrating the limitation and promise of familial love, IS THIS ALL THIS IS delivers both heartbreak and hope. I find myself wanting to know where each of these folks will be in ten years' time.
  • Worm Teeth
    18 Jul. 2023
    What a ride! Sullivan's gleefully energetic script drew me in with playful comedy, generously offered, and then line by line, character by character, scene by scene, invited me to examine myself, my world and those around me with a bit more care. Far more than just a modern fable, this brilliant script somehow becomes a parable for our time. Stage it!
  • The Bed Trick
    9 Jul. 2023
    THE BED TRICK lures you into a playfully comedic setup with the use of an old sexual trope. Or does it? What exactly are the stakes, and why do we find them so engaging? When the funny repartee is suddenly not so frivolous, we are quickly entwined - and perhaps complicit - in a heartbreakingly human story.
  • Simon Says
    9 Jul. 2023
    What an eerily engaging play. Moughon takes a familiar children's game and unpacks the dangers that lurk within the power of a simple phrase. Luring us in with the comedy of a pleasantly idiosyncratic setup, we have no idea what awaits. Bone-chilling and deftly written, this genuine horror play deserves a stage.
  • Cancer Is A Pain In My Ass
    27 Jun. 2023
    A hysterically funny, heartbreaking story, Pfizenmayer's brilliant use of humor in the face of tragedy allows us to dive deeply into this family-centered play. Where does one find calm amidst the chaos of a life-threatening diagnosis? What happens to your family when you realize you're standing on opposite sides of a very high fence? A beautifully written piece of dramatic art that reminds us of the vulnerability of being human.
  • A Tree Grows in Longmont
    27 Jun. 2023
    An engaging two-hander, A Tree Grows in Longmont is an intelligent, heart-centered exploration of the questions that remain when the person dearest to us is gone. Not just a memory play, but more of a dialogue with memory, we are invited to witness the tenderness of this the connection and get just a glimpse of the depth of loss. With humor never far away, Williams melds life and art into a masterful play.
  • Death Bites
    21 Feb. 2023
    Death Bites is a smart, savvy take on that edge between life and death. Metz tackles a challenging subject with comedic ease and delivers a play that will make you laugh out loud with such preposterous deathbed choices. What would you choose?
  • Sitting and Talking: a Play for Zoom
    19 Feb. 2023
    A beautifully haunting play about love, loss and the everyday risk of being human. Insightful portrayal of two older adults caught in circumstances they cannot control. Perfect zoom play. And I do mean perfect.
  • Aunt Nellie's Two Cents Worth
    4 Feb. 2023
    With "Aunt Nellie's Two Cents Worth," Baker has captured the very essence of a particular fear - and the prejudice it engenders - that embedded itself in rural Indiana. Aunt Nellie's life story give her a different perspective, which she does not hesitate to share. A delightful play, sprinkled with Hoosier wisdom and laced with universal truths.
  • The Way Station
    29 Aug. 2022
    What crosses your mind when time suddenly stops and you are stranded? What lengths would you go to in order to escape? Who really is in charge anyway? The slow reveal of information is delicious, and the ending well-earned, as three very different characters face off in this intriguing little play.