Recommended by Jan Probst

  • Ice Box Cake and the Man from Lima (Short One-Woman Play)
    9 Aug. 2021
    Simultaneously funny and terrifying, this slice of white mid-America in the 1950s firmly places Velma in her small town environment, with the rhythm of her words as well as the placement of her priorities. Her racism slides right off her tongue as easily as a recipe for icebox cake. Brilliant commentary on homegrown bigotry then - and now.
  • The Prince's Richard
    9 Aug. 2021
    Word play abounds in this ridiculously witty comedic spoof on news programs. The attempt by the conservative host to serve up a platter of misdeeds by his potentially more liberal counterparts does not go as expected. But then, nothing does in this hilarious little play.
  • Under the August Moon
    7 Aug. 2021
    What happens when the body is no longer an issue? Lovely conversation on the freedom of love without limits. All kinds of limits, especially the ones we humans create for ourselves. A brief and enticing window into what could be.
  • Hairdresser on Fire
    7 Aug. 2021
    Rich, textured dialog and beautifully drawn characters anchor this intriguing play. Sickles creates the perfect manipulator in Allan, whose reasoning is just plausible enough to draw in his unsuspecting new lover. A play about the power of love, the dangers of relinquishing control, and the strength it takes to walk away.
  • Fable
    6 Aug. 2021
    Beautifully theatrical telling of a fable of two sisters. Playing with historical background information from one of the most well-known musicals of all time, DeVita explores and at times seems to almost gleefully terrorize us with the story of the forgotten sister and the domineering stage mother. I was engaged, entertained, riveted and never disappointed by this brilliant script.
  • BINDERS
    2 Aug. 2021
    This quirky spoof on Sci-Fi is such a fun ride! So many lines made me laugh out loud, and yet the story fits right into our well-founded fears of climate change and life on a planet where Covid is not under control. Minimal set and maximum impact of dialog. Hop on a star ship to Mars! It’s all in the binders.
  • Eight Drafts of a Letter Never Sent (Ten Minute Play)
    2 Aug. 2021
    An interesting premise and a lovely play for two actors. Which is more important? The act of writing to a loved one, or knowing your words will be read? I took that very question away with me.
  • Quilty Conscience
    2 Aug. 2021
    This clever little play has a lot packed into it. The ridiculous scene we are drawn into represents just the surface of what’s really going on. Enjoyable comedy with apt commentary on relationships, and the difficulties of navigating the landscape of aging parents.
  • Love Gone Viral
    2 Aug. 2021
    Sex in a time of Covid! The hidden desires of an older couple who have spent way too much time in their apartment, suddenly re-emerge. They complain about - and then try to embrace - the antics of the young. Witty and charming play, with more than a dollop of the truth.
  • A Play Within a Play Within a Play
    2 Aug. 2021
    What a cleverly entangled romp! The dialogue seamlessly wraps around itself in a meta theatrical maze. Nice challenge for the actors, big fun for the audience. Would love to see this on stage.

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