Recommended by Benji Carr

  • HOT PINK, or READY TO BLOW
    13 Sep. 2021
    I saw the Weird Sisters production twice in a week when it premiered. I adore this play.
  • What Happens At Jock Night
    23 Mar. 2020
    This was nice, filled with expected and unexpected beats. Reading the character descriptions gave me a sense of where the writer would take me, yet the parts I found most endearing and delightful were the glimpses the conversations gave of the other characters’ family lives.

    As someone gay with a nontraditional body and intense anxiety around it, I could relate.
  • A Life in Public Service
    4 Feb. 2020
    There are seeds of the children we once were in the people we become. Louise Schwarz’s take on this idea - showing Jenny at various stages of development, campaigning with various levels of enthusiasm for student government. It’s a nice idea, reminiscent of 7 Up and Boyhood, and I imagine it would be a fun challenge for a performer.
  • Uncomfortable (a 1-minute play)
    4 Jan. 2020
    This is glorious and bleak, the sort of moment we see everyday recontextualized so that a spotlight is placed upon it.
  • FUCK BUDDY: THE MONOLOGUE
    1 Jan. 2020
    The frustration and the attraction is palpable and honest. I feel for the speaker, connect to the speaker and kinda wanna warn the speaker to run. Because once I was that person. Nicely done, Asher.
  • Blue
    30 Dec. 2019
    Excellent play with a grand staccato pulse to its dialogue. I saw this performed at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Play Festival in 2019, and Emily Hageman is a tremendous talent.
  • Stay for Dinner
    26 Sep. 2019
    This play - which won the 2019 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, where I saw it twice - is a subtle masterpiece of a game. While the central characters - a killer chef and a disembodied head on a platter - flirt their way through a romance in the middle of the haunted house where they both work, McLaughlin plays out every possible repercussion of regular people visiting a haunted house. This play is all-ages appropriate and tremendous fun. It may be one of the best Halloween plays ever written. Stay for Dinner is delightful.
  • The Dark
    8 Sep. 2019
    Holy crap, this is an amazing piece of theater. It's technically daring, emotionally compelling and more than delivers on the promise of its title. It evoked memories of being the mocked, teased sibling, the one who just wants to be popular and fit in. And then ... it becomes something else entirely. I was shocked and always entertained. I loved this.
  • A small breach in protocol at Big Rick's Rockin' Skydive Academy
    8 Sep. 2019
    This brilliant play, which I saw twice at the 2019 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival, explores the gamut of emotions experienced by four characters on a tandem skydive. Each character reacts with varying levels of dread and exhilaration, based upon what they know and how they approach life. The characters, because of the sensory deprivation provided by the situation, are together yet alone. And there is a profound emotional impact at the core of this play. It is also completely hilarious. Hirsch is excellent at hooking his audience with laughter, then hitting them with existential dread. I loved it.
  • Winner
    8 Sep. 2019
    This play, seen at OOB Fest, was fantastic. The playwright's insights into the creative process and how to react to naysayers cut me to my core. And the conclusions it reaches - as the conversation culminates and as the heroine triumphs on several levels - are profound.

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