Recommended by Adam Richter

  • Red Light Madness
    30 Jan. 2023
    Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on Herb and Gloria.
    That may be a slight exaggeration, but this short two-hander of a would-be scofflaw and the partner who pushes him into a life of crime is a delight. Bravo!
  • Signs of Life
    28 Jan. 2023
    Death and loneliness come for us all.
    But in the meantime, there's delicious pie.
    And this beautiful short play, a wonderful two-hander that reveals profound truths about life in the span of 60 seconds.
  • Motion Time Dilation
    21 Jan. 2023
    My god, Joe Swenson is brilliant.
    That's what I said to myself after finishing this play, which is a gripping tale of time travel, both in theory and practice. I fear that to say any more about this play would give away too much, but I will add that "Motion Time Dilation" will give audiences a thrilling and profound experience, and leave them with a lot to think about after leaving the theater.
    Please, somebody produce this play.
    19 Jan. 2023
    A fantastic, fantastical and wonderfully theatrical sequel to "Cyrano" that gives the heroes the ending they deserve, even if two-thirds of them didn't live to see the end of the first play.
    I have always loved Monica Cross' playful use of language, and that is on full display in this brilliant play.
  • Sudden, Unfortunate, and Unexpected Tendencies
    19 Jan. 2023
    I generally disdain fortune-tellers that dupe unsuspecting people into parting with their money. But Tina is a much more complicated, and much more sympathetic, person than I've previously thought. This is a rich piece and a beautiful story about two people searching the universe for answers. Actors would have a blast with this short piece, and so would audiences.
  • Not THAT Steve Martin
    15 Jan. 2023
    Whether you know the real Steve Martin (no, not THAT one) or not, "Not THAT Steve Martin" will make you laugh. Hilary Bluestein-Lyons gives us a perfectly paced farce about a group of friends who make the wrong assumptions of a newcomer to their group but don't care to be told otherwise. The dialogue is razor-sharp. This would be a great addition to any 10-minute festival. Bravo!
  • Big Black Giraffe
    15 Jan. 2023
    Some people refuse to believe warnings about impending disaster unless it LITERALLY LOOKS THEM RIGHT IN THE FACE. "Big Black Giraffe" exposes an unfortunate truth about our society, where objective reality isn't considered credible unless it's filtered through the right TV channels. This is a funny and thought-provoking play, with tons of comedic material for the right actors to mine.
    9 Jan. 2023
    Anyone who works in education or has any interactions with people who do will feel this monologue in their bones. The culture wars that know-nothing nitwits are engaging at the school board level will turn the youth of America into boorish, close-minded idiots, as Asher Wyndham so effectively shows us.

    I'd like this to be read and performed far and wide, in the hopes that the morons who are the targets of Wyndham's protagonist's righteous (and wholly justified) anger will maybe pause before taking another wrecking ball to American education.

    A vital and urgent monologue.
  • Untimely, or, the Joy of Procrastination
    9 Jan. 2023
    To the perennially punctual, there is no worse irritation than having to deal with those who are always late. It's an annoyance, sure, but it's also great comedy in this fantastic short play that pits type-A Chuck against type-Z Ginny, who is a maestro of procrastination and a firm believer that it all works out in the end. Is she right this time? Read the play and find out. You will be delighted.
  • I'm Gonna Need You to Log off for Me
    7 Jan. 2023
    Absolutely brilliant satire of the current AI debate. Like all good satires, Daniel Prilliaman's play forces us to confront a question no one is talking about: How does the AI feel about all this stolen art?

    Like all of Daniel's works, this is worth reading over and over. Someone should produce this before the robots take over.