Recommended by Adam Richter

  • A House by the Side of the Road
    29 Jan. 2021
    This is a poignant and beautiful play about fathers and sons, and how parents adapt their expectations for their children. Philip Middleton Williams deftly takes a familiar subject and gives us something completely original and unexpected. And as a former baseball fanatic, this play reminded me of what I used to love about the game.
    29 Jan. 2021
    I loved how Jack Levine put up obstacle after obstacle for Eric, then — WHAM! — pulls the rug out from everyone, including the audience, sending the play in a completely different, yet plausible direction. This was lots of fun to read and would be great to see on the stage.
  • Win and Tim and the Unlikelihood of Living Forever [a 1-minute play]
    29 Jan. 2021
    Sometimes the most erudite questions require the simplest answers. In Steve Martin's beautiful one-minute play, he deftly tackles issues of mortality and living in the present. I would love to see more of Win and Tim in other plays.
  • Winter on the Cusp of Sagittarius
    29 Jan. 2021
    How do you forgive someone who's committed a horrific act? How do you find redemption if YOU are the one who committed said horrific act? These are the questions that lie at the heart of this thought-provoking and unexpectedly tender play. Scott Sickles doesn't try for the easy or pat answers, but finds answers that work for Cady and Wolfgang.
  • Damaged
    29 Jan. 2021
    What I loved about this play is how DC Cathro shows us two characters in a shallow (and somewhat mean-spirited) conversation, then turns the whole thing on a dime into a new direction, without once letting up on the wit or depth of the characters. This is a funny and tender play that gets to the heart of why we find the people we do.
  • Ashes To Ashes
    29 Jan. 2021
    This is a dark comedy with heavy emphasis on the comedy. The interplay between Byron and Charlie, two polar opposites as brothers, is grounded in reality yet incredibly funny. I also like that Emily McClain doesn't let up on the jokes in the play's final moments. This would be a great addition a short-play festival.
  • A Touch of Cinema
    18 Jan. 2021
    Duncan Pflaster's play is a fantastic satire of life under authoritarianism. While its heroes are brave and admirable members of the resistance, the play also serves as a brutal reminder of how easily we can adapt to it and rework our lives to adjust to the "new normal." I would love to see this produced on a stage.
  • The Road to Hell
    6 Jan. 2021
    I laughed out loud at many parts of this play that effectively refutes Sartre: Hell isn't other people, it's ourselves. The cat is tormented by an action it took by instinct; the beaker knows full well what it's done. The bus, meanwhile, is a helpful moral guide. The physicality of the roles alone would make this a fantastic play to see live, but it's also a great story.
  • The Baddest Kid on Emerson
    5 Jan. 2021
    Forget about the old maxim "Never meet your heroes." Never meet your fans. Steven Martin gives us a brilliant sendup of teenage hero worship and shows the dark side of what can happen when that reality fails to meet the expectations that we set.
  • Ten Inches are Two Lifetimes [a 1-minute play]
    2 Jan. 2021
    Powerful and thought-provoking piece about the future of mankind and how our current stupidity shapes it.