Recommended by Adam Richter

    19 Dec. 2023
    Dogs! Heightened language! WAWA!
    This lovely homage to Noel Coward has everything you could want in a short play. The dramatic tension paired with Charles Scott Jones' deft use of language turns this beach story into an absolute delight.
  • White Cotton, Black Light
    19 Dec. 2023
    "Will they/won't they" takes on a whole new urgency when the "they" in question are both in a hotel room in a 10-minute play. This comedy is an endearing look at Eli and Jeremy as they strip down to reveal their respective vulnerabilities. Bravo, Sam!
  • Carol of the Balls (a monologue)
    18 Dec. 2023
    The character description of Carol describes her as a "human honey badger" and boy, does Scott Sickles deliver on that promise. The journey Carol takes us on is as funny as it is horrifying. I couldn't stop laughing throughout this piece, performed by the amazing Miranda Jonte on Back Porch Theater.

    Make this part of your holiday repertoire!
  • Intricacies, Death and the Oxford Comma
    9 Dec. 2023
    I can think of no better succession for the throne of England than the scenario that Scott Sickles lays out in this short, wickedly funny play. I love his skewering of royalty and grammar, though as a copy editor, I have to say that if the Royal Family had adopted AP Style instead, Arthur might have had a different fate.
    The Oxford comma is dead! Huzzah!
  • KRAMPUS MY STYLE - a monologue
    6 Dec. 2023
    Light can not exist without the darkness — or can it? Krampus, the poor, misunderstood polar (ha!) opposite of Santa Claus, has been stripped of his power by sheer lack of demand. In Monica Cross' delightful comedy, he gets to tell his side of the story. I gotta say: for a being whose job is to devour naughty children, he's a mighty sympathetic character.
    I'd love to see this in an evening of holiday shorts. Bravo!
  • I Invited Your Mother for Thanksgiving
    2 Dec. 2023
    I've often heard it said that there are two kinds of families: the ones we're born with and the ones we choose. Both kinds collide in this tense but heartwarming short drama. Donald E. Baker has a brilliant ear for dialogue and it's on display here. This is a great two-hander for audiences any time of year.
  • Imaginary You (Bascom & Isaac #3)
    2 Dec. 2023
    This short play is a master class in articulating the inner torment that people who have RSD must go through, and what it's like for the people who love them, watching it all happen from the outside looking in. At the center is an endearing love story — both Bascom and Isaac's, but also Bascom and Fred's.
    Now that I know this is the third installment in the Bascom and Isaac story, I must find Parts 1 and 2. Bravo, Scott!
    2 Dec. 2023
    "ZOSHA" is a slow burn of a monologue as the title character tries, with a frustrating lack of success, to conduct a seemingly straightforward bank transaction. Our frustration at her situation grows with her, especially as we learn more about her.
    What I love about Asher Wyndham's monologues is that his characters live full, complex lives before and after their time on stage. We the audience can see ZOSHA in her complicated entirety, even if the unseen bank manager can not.
    This is a brilliant solo piece for an actress, and I'd love to see it on stage.
  • The Adventures of Pat the Exterminator: Wolfman Wants a Treat
    27 Nov. 2023
    Pat the exterminator has an unnerving real-word logic to him that confounds the monsters he runs into during his work. In "Wolfman Wants A Treat," we see Pat at his most endearing and sympathetic — but still laugh-out-loud funny. I've enjoyed all of Christopher Soucy's plays about Pat, but this might be the sweetest.
  • Beast
    27 Nov. 2023
    I swear, it never occurred to me until reading "Beast" what the central problem with "Beauty and the Beast" is. (I had always thought it was Chip; did he get that name before he had the chip, or did he have a different name? If so, what was it?)
    Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend not only identifies the main problem; she then proceeds to skewer it in a highly inventive, theatrical and laugh-out-loud way. This brilliant satire shows beauty is more than skin-deep, but you'd never know from the Disney version.
    Read (and produce) this instead!