Recommended by Jim Siering

  • The Bee That Declared a War
    20 Apr. 2020
    This hard-hitting short play set in the lobby of an apartment building where the staff is being replaced by new management, explores race and privilege, and the ways we fail to see or connect to the people around us.
  • This Almost Joy
    20 Apr. 2020
    A very touching play about a play, in which the reality of the theatre is turned upside-down to simultaneously reveal both the human need that drives us to the theatre in the first place and the impossibility of the theatre to satisfy those needs.
  • Every Seven Minutes
    22 Mar. 2020
    A funny but chilling two-hander about the nature of de-humanizing work and the utter uselessness of rampant consumerism. A modern twist on Bartleby the Scrivener and R.U.R. Very entertaining and thought-provoking.
  • Dialogue & Subtext for Breakfast
    11 Mar. 2020
    A very funny Pirandello-esque piece about a tense breakfast between husband and wife during which they discuss their relationship as if they were elements of a script and reveal their problems with each other through comments about writing. Really clever.
  • The Age of Understanding or, The Character of Dad
    10 Mar. 2020
    A beautiful piece about the emotional baggage men inherit from their fathers and pass on to their children. It is a very raw and touching exploration of parenting, marriage, masculinity and the ability to communicate in an openly loving way.
  • In Memory of Calvinball
    10 Mar. 2020
    Love is a game, and a pretty wacky one at that, and these two characters play game on top of game in this terrific short play. It’s funny and theatrical, and revealing in sly ways. I really enjoyed it.
  • The Lumpp Family Reunion
    7 Mar. 2020
    The aptly named Lumpp family literally blows each other up at several family reunions over three scenes separated by years and played in reverse chronological order. It’s a lot of fun, and a sly slap at our American holidays and love of fireworks explosions and the carelessness with which we treat each other.
  • The Feline Optometrist
    7 Mar. 2020
    This is a hilarious private eye noir spoof about cats with eyeglasses, deaf guitar testers, and a hard boiled dick named, well... Dick. Lots of laughs. Great lines and a really wacky plot. Tons of fun.
  • 38 Cookies, 39 Reasons
    1 Mar. 2020
    What an interesting concept. Each reason for eating a cookie is familiar and resonant with layers of emotion and identification in the minds of the audience. And then there’s the act of eating the cookies. Or not. Cool.

  • In Transit
    29 Feb. 2020
    Nice short slice of life play about an accidental meeting in an airport between exes, with two complex and nuanced roles for women, and excellent dialogue.