Recommended by Adam Richter

  • A Playwright Asks... "What's Next?" PART ONE
    28 Feb. 2023
    Sam Heyman's "A Playwright Asks" series are touching, affirming paeans to this craft into which so many otherwise reasonable people have thrown themselves. "What's Next?" is a meditation on what happens after you just finished a creative marathon and your energy is depleted. If you are as lucky as the titular playwright, you have encouraging voices inside and outside your head who tell you to keep going and, more importantly, when it's OK to take a breather.
    Great tribute to all of those who create. Bravo!
  • None Time
    28 Feb. 2023
    Rachel Feeny-Williams' "None Time" is a lovely ode to the lost art of doing nothing. A great two-hander that will warm the hearts of theater-goers and have them craving their own "none time."

    As is her wont, Feeny-Williams made the most of the 28 Plays Later challenge prompt and gave us something unexpected and brilliant. Bravo!
  • Made by Thumb
    28 Feb. 2023
    It was the curtain call that did me in.
    Once again, Scott Sickles proves he has more talent in his two thumbs than most of us have in our entire bodies. "Made By Thumb" is a silly, on-target spoof of disaster films, English period dramas, comedies of manners and meta-plays. I giggled at each line, sometimes descending into outright chortling. This play would be a hoot for actors and audiences, and a pip for costume designers. I loved it.
  • Tennessee Is Such A Drag, a monologue
    27 Feb. 2023
    This monologue is angry and bellicose, and just what we need right now as hateful nitwits in power try to strip away the rights of LGBTQ+ Americans. It's a reminder that no battle for equality is ever over, not as long as there are fascist morons who get to sit in the halls of power in this country. Bravo, Sam!
  • I Miss the Stars: A Monologue
    24 Feb. 2023
    An incredibly moving and blood-boiling monologue about the injustice system and how it dehumanizes and mistreats people, particularly Black men. In just over a page, Debra Cole lays out a universe that we all know too well from the headlines and gives us a detailed glimpse of the struggle of one man. A powerful monologue that audiences need to see.
  • Something Gay and Dumb
    24 Feb. 2023
    And charming. Don't forget charming. This sweet two-hander is a great burst of comedy and linguistic gymnastics between two bros. I loved it.
  • Hotel Room Checkout
    21 Feb. 2023
    The rapid-fire dialogue and the impossible situation in which the guest finds himself make "Hotel Room Checkout" a funny and engaging short play. I kept thinking of this as a cross between "The Front Page" and "No Exit," but that's an unfair comparison: Brian Gray depicts hell way better than Jean-Paul Sartre ever could.
  • Coming In
    21 Feb. 2023
    "COMING IN" is a brilliant farce that takes on the familiar 'meet-the-parents' storyline and turns it into something new and laugh-out-loud funny. A great comedy about identity that audiences and performers would love. Bravo!
  • Better Lactate Then, Heifer
    20 Feb. 2023
    It's nice to know that humans aren't the only ones who experience existential dread. Sam Heyman's 1-minute play starring two thoughtful cows is a delightful (and all too short, IMHO) gem, perfect for any short play festival.
  • Lady of the Manor
    19 Feb. 2023
    This is a great tale of clashing cultures with a wonderful twist that is both surprising and completely organic. I don't want to give anything away, but Deb Cole's comedy of manners is a perfect tale for our times. Delightful!