Recommended by John Busser

  • WYWH
    23 Dec. 2019
    What a charming to minute piece. Tom Moran has created a terrific scenario and just has fun with it. Without trying to explain the logistics of it, he plows full speed ahead and presents us with a time travel romance that is as sweet as it is impossible. And it completely works. This is the kind of piece I love to find on here.
    9 Dec. 2019
    This is the kind of piece I love to see onstage. A tense two-hander with a sci-fi angle that doesn't seem so sci-fi the more you think about it. And while there can be a tendency to make a tech-driven play seem dry and uninteresting, Greg Burdick keeps the conversation lively and active while feeding you the tech part in a way that is engaging. I loved the idea of what those quarter machines are REALLY for. I played enough of them in my youth to connect with this wonderfully realized short piece.
  • And Know They Love You
    5 Dec. 2019
    This gets my highest recommendation (and I'm not making a bad joke there either). I was so caught up with what was going on that when it reached the end I said "NO!" out loud as I wanted to see where it went. Daphne Mintz has created a shockingly simple scenario that makes me wonder why hasn't this ever been addressed this way before. Maybe it has, but I am unaware of anyone else doing so. I would love to see this produced. Well done, Daphne.
  • The Morning Ménage
    25 Nov. 2019
    What an absolutely charming way to start the day (or ten minute festival). I loved this piece by Tracey Jane. The perfect anthropomorphic companions we tend to overlook the importance of (well, okay, maybe not coffee), Jane's Bed, Alarm, and Coffee are vividly brought to life with all their own foibles and petty flaws. I would love to see somebody bring these characters to life on stage.
  • The New Death
    25 Nov. 2019
    Another fun piece from Jeff Dunne. I love his writing. It's fast, witty and he comes up with some truly absurd premises. Like this one. And I mean that in the best possible way.

    And it's cheesy. Also in the best possible way...
  • The Unfortunate Teller
    25 Nov. 2019
    HA! What a fun little 10 minute play. Dunne's writing is fast-paced and witty. Watching the wheels turn in the Faux-Fortune Teller's mind trying to come up with a plausible explanation for a tarot reading is comic gold. I could DEFINITELY foresee (see what I did there?) this in any 10 minute play festival.
    22 Nov. 2019
    I never saw the ending coming, and actually went back and reread this two more times just to analyze how this mother/daughter conversation changed from an everyday one to something deeper and more disturbing. The play's title takes on an added resonance once the real reason for this conversation comes out. This is a winner.
  • Three Hours Until Departure
    20 Nov. 2019
    I got jittery just reading this piece. Gacinski captures an all too familiar scenario here. Like a gambler hoping for the one lucky hand, his character Luis is putting all his hopes on a risky (in more ways than one) plan to smuggle drugs to pay off crippling debt. The final image left for the audience is both a sad reminder of Luis’ plight and a probable indicator that he’s going to be caught. Powerful stuff.
  • 86 Jake (Short play)
    20 Nov. 2019
    I HIGHLY recommend this lightning-fast 10 minute play. I'm a sucker for absurdist little stories like this and loved the resolution of it. I laughed my ass off a few times reading this. And c'mon, we all know the customer isn't always right, even though in this case, she is.
  • The Devil Exclusive
    6 Nov. 2019
    I loved this piece and what it had to say about our nature. Witty and engaging, Dunne's script would be a welcome addition to a short play festival that proves you don't need spectacle to sell a play, just a smart idea, told simply. I'd love to see this produced.