Recommended by Kenneth N. Kurtz

  • Straight on 'Til Morning
    6 Jun. 2020
    As far as I can tell, NPX has three plays in its library inspired by Peter Pan. In "Straight On 'Til Morning" Rachel Diamond has created a hauntingly lovely prequel to the tale. With "Wendy Unwritten" Kate Ramsburg provides a modern urban sequel full of longing for a wished-for past. Both plays celebrate the feminine side of the growing up conundrum. Third play is mine which best sums up that conundrum with its title: "Panegyric." Read all three...You'll enjoy them.
  • Poured Over
    29 May. 2020
    Matt Harmon does dark so well, and in this short play it's more than the coffee. Poured Over is dark comedy at its best and a wonderful put down for all of those driven crusaders that plague our lives, especially during office coffee breaks.
  • Quit While You're Behind
    28 May. 2020
    This is indeed a superb ten minute play, a distillation of all of the pain and poetry of Miller's Death of a Salesman into a remarkable set of stage directions and a powerful final speech.
  • This Play May Take a 2nd
    23 May. 2020
    The best satire in this cunning web of illogical thinking is naming the two characters "Red"and "Blue."
  • Fire and Ice (10 min.)
    20 May. 2020
    A little, sweetly funny, gem.
  • Nonsense and Beauty
    18 May. 2020
    Nonsense And Beauty is the finest play that I have thus far read from the files of NPX, my admiration lubricated by tears in the later scenes. Mr.Sickles rendition of the everyday diction of E.M. Foster's world is superb, and his resurrection of theatrical asides as elegantly efficient Brechtian scene change notifiers is lovely. The play offers directors and lighting designers a thrilling challenge worthy of its dedicatee--Michael Montel, who is far and away the favorite director that I have designed for. Thank you Scott Sickles.
  • Death Calls Upon a Famous Gentleman over Port and Cigars, Making Everyone Rather Uncomfortable in the Process…
    18 May. 2020
    Pure theatrical delight with a devilish bite. Thank you Mr. Lesh.
  • Calendar Girl
    17 May. 2020
    This little comedy is great fun, a light hearted set of Hitchcockian hand springs, with a required twist to boot.
  • The Sugar Ridge Rag
    14 May. 2020
    It's a strange feeling when one of your best friends, who you've known for fifty years, is a playwright, for you keep finding bits of your life in their plays. The Sugar Ridge Rag is Philip Middleton Williams's latest opus and I just finished reading it with not a few tears. I think It's his best work thus far...finding the poetry in mid-west voices and mining the strong feelings engendered by both sides of the Vietnam years. Just like my two younger brothers, one of whom served and the other almost left for Canada.
  • Intellectuals
    14 May. 2020
    Scott Sickles writes truly glittering dialogue that sings with all of the wit that must be part of any fine comedy. His play, Intellectuals, is a twenty first century comedy of manners that would delight Congreve or Sheridan, or later, Oscar Wilde. It is very cinematic with short scenes whizzing by, thus keeping directors on their toes and delighting lighting designers. I loved reading this play!