Recommended by Adam Richter

    24 Mar. 2021
    A tense, riveting and heartbreaking monologue. Len captures the audience's sympathy right away and holds it right to the end, which is perfectly ambiguous. This would make for compelling drama either over Zoom or in person.
  • Don't You Know What 'Ther' Means?
    23 Mar. 2021
    Poor Skyler is sick and feels terrible. Poor Lewis has to put up with Skyler while taking care of them from behind a computer monitor. This is a charming romantic comedy written for the pandemic era that also gets to the heart of everything that's frustrating about the pandemic era.
  • The Silence of My Lonely Room
    22 Mar. 2021
    How do you forgive someone who inflicted trauma on you? There is no single right answer, but the one that Sickles reaches by the end of this taut and moving two-hander is THE right answer for Kenneth and Benjamin. This is a powerful play about how we seek penance for committing horrible acts, whether in reality or in our minds.
  • Neighbors by the Sea
    22 Mar. 2021
    This play is ostensibly about a simple conflict but Emma Goldman-Sherman writes in such an open way that it can be staged a thousand different ways. The story contains multitudes of metaphor and we are better off for it. But she also imbues the play with a lyrical beauty. The lines are poetic and dramatic at the same time.
  • Neighborhood Watch
    20 Mar. 2021
    Gustav and Umberto are a delight in this play about the Goldilocks story, told from the perspective of two bears who have no — erm — dog in the fight. Matthew Weaver retells the classic tale with precise, affectionate observational humor, while also giving us two characters instantly relatable. This was a joy to read and would be a delight to see on the stage.
  • An Apéritif [a 1-minute play]
    20 Mar. 2021
    There is a perverse joy in seeing the men of the 1950s get their deserved comeuppance at the hands of their ever-devoted wives. This is a delightful one-minute play filled with tension — both between the characters and their lopsided marriage, and in the unfolding of Kathleen's efforts to even the scales. This play is a macabre delight.
  • What Happens When You Research Practically Anything In This Country
    18 Mar. 2021

    That's about all you can say in response to this short and dead-on one-minute play. Greg Lam nails so much of what is wrong with, well, everything.

  • Good Grief
    16 Mar. 2021
    Philip Middleton Williams writes so eloquently and beautifully about grief that this play feels both new and timeless at the same time. Grief is not something you go through, like a rite of passage; it's a companion that stays with you forever. I also love the complex yet utterly real way he writes about fathers and sons, and how that bond never vanishes, not even in death.
  • The Bearer (A One-Minute Play)
    11 Mar. 2021
    Celebrity deaths are a touchstone in all of our lives, yet they mean different things to different people. I loved how DC Cathro, in just a few short pages, gets to the heart of this contradiction and the effects that big news events can touch our lives but affect people of different generations in discrete ways. As with everything he writes, this is beautiful and thought-provoking.
  • The Coin
    11 Mar. 2021
    A fascinating character study that both explores and questions the gulf between two seemingly opposite personalities. Both A and B are much more complex than their names would imply. This would be a great addition to any 10-minute play festival, and would have the audience thinking about it long after the house lights come up.