Recommended by Adam Richter

  • An Honest Lesson in Self-Defense
    16 Jan. 2024
    You had me at "ball gown."
    Patricia Lynn's hilarious two-hander is a terrific play about friendship, class and knowing what to fight for. It's a wonderful piece that is perfect for two actors, a fight choreographer and a costume designer. They will all go nuts, and the audience will love them for it.
  • It's A Wonderful Satan
    16 Jan. 2024
    Satan, like George Bailey, has always had ambition. But sometimes it takes a visit from a guardian angel to help see things clearly. John Mabey hits all the right notes in this pitch-perfect parody of "It's a Wonderful Life." I laughed — and sometimes cackled — out loud reading this play, and I'm sure to see it on stage would be an absolute joy. Bravo!
  • What Baggage
    1 Jan. 2024
    "What Baggage" is a witty piece that would be perfect for older actors. Does love follow sex? Does sex follow love? Does it matter when one of you has a cat and the other a wall full of geodes? Kim E. Ruyle's short play explores these questions with lots of humor and heart.
  • A Quiet Place
    1 Jan. 2024
    I never would have imagined a loudmouth in a library would be a recipe for great drama, but Debbie Lamedman proves it can be done, and with great humor. And while it's hard to feel sympathy for Luke (and easy to identify with his fellow students, who are just trying to study), his phone conversation is as intriguing as it is rude.
    This is a fantastic comedy for young actors. I would love to see it staged.
  • The Melatonin Miners
    31 Dec. 2023
    In life, Beethoven, Carl Reiner and W.C. Fields gave the world so much joy. In death — or at least in Philip Middleton Williams' hilarious short play — they continue to do so. I loved his take on "A Christmas Carol," though the three spirits aren't there to teach Steve morality; they're just visiting to have a good time.
    It may not work for Steve, but it works for us, the audience.
    I would love to see this in a night of holiday shorts. Bravo!
  • Don't Touch The Carrot Cake
    30 Dec. 2023
    As fans of "The Great British Baking Show" well understand, the technical challenge is the nightmare of every amateur baker. "Don't Touch the Carrot Cake" turns that anxiety up to 11 in this brilliant satirical take on competitions, cooking and expectations of women. Emily McClain's brilliant comic timing is on point here, and this short play would be a wild ride for actors and audiences.

    A comedy worthy of the "Hollywood handshake" for sure.
  • TOADS!!! (an amphibious nativity play)
    29 Dec. 2023
    At first I misread the subtitle as "ambitious nativity play." I'm happy to report that "TOADS!!!" is both AMPHIBIOUS and AMBITIOUS, and a theatrical delight to boot. The relationship between Margot and Jodie is so grounded, so real, that when the titular toads arrive, the mayhem and the danger are that much more palpable. This is a terrific satire, a great morality play and a stark warning. I'd love to see this on a stage. Bravo!
  • An Angel Comes to Brooklyn
    26 Dec. 2023
    Does tarot work? Does it matter? What unfolds in the cards comes as a surprise to Serena and Brooklyn in this lovely two-hander. Though tarot — and Brooklyn's skepticism — are at the center of the dramatic action, the practice is never mocked or played for cheap laughs.
    This is a terrific play for two actresses and I think audiences will fall in love with it.
  • You Need Nutmeg in Fishkill
    21 Dec. 2023
    Wherever you think this play is going to go, it's not.
    That holds true on every. Single. Page.
    Steven G. Martin's hilarious and bloody play sends up sitcoms, the nuclear family, motherhood, the patriarchy and, of course, demon worship in spectacular fashion. It is twisted, it is gory and it is glorious.
    He says in the trigger warning that it's unproduceable. Prove him wrong!
  • The Grift of the Magi
    21 Dec. 2023
    If you're going to have a play with "Grift" in the title, there are few better targets than theatrical producers who charge playwrights for the privilege of reading their works. Jennifer O'Grady sends up the hellish submission process with abundant humor in this short holiday piece. While the target of her razor-sharp satire might be a specific group, audiences won't be lost as the Three Wise Men try to navigate the complicated world of theater.
    Producers: I double-dog dare you to put on this play.

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