Recommended by John Busser

  • It Wants to Kill Me
    11 Oct. 2019
    That... was creepy. And fun to read. No special effects needed. Just good, solid actors for this wonderful little piece.
  • A Sense of Stardom (a Monologue for Mr. Microphone)
    11 Oct. 2019
    I don't know what's funnier. The piece about Mr. Microphone that Lawing wrote, or the fact that not only did I once HAVE a Mr. Microphone, I also sadly owned the same type of car he describes in this hilariously touching monologue... a Pinto. What else has he stolen from my younger days?
  • The Messages
    10 Oct. 2019
    This was amazingly effective. I was hooked from the beginning of this technological ghost story. I would love to see this staged somewhere. Creepy and heart-breaking, Barry's play guarantees a captivated audience. Nobody will be texting during the performance. Possibly not after, either. A great showcase for an actor as well.
  • THE SANDSTORM (ten-minute play)
    10 Oct. 2019
    Short, sad and oh so relevant. I was moved by the simplicity of the narrative and the characters, in just a few pages, had me concerned about their fate. Not a showy play at all, it is quiet but powerful.
  • Marathon (short play)
    10 Oct. 2019
    This should be played on a loop over a sound system to anybody in a race or a gym.
  • A Play about David Mamet Writing a Play about Harvey Weinstein
    3 Oct. 2019
    This play is a punch-in-the-face. Funny, infuriating, and disturbing in a whirlwind mix. Aimed like a gun at some very worthy targets. I'd love to see a production of this play and I know some actors that would kill Mamet or Weinstein to have the chance to do so.
  • Joy
    1 Oct. 2019
    “Oh my God. It takes.” That simple phrase in Daly’s monologue gave me a chill. This piece was by turns mesmerizing, squirm-inducing (I don’t know how women get through this but bless ‘em, they do!), and emotionally gripping. And of course, as life often is, messy. Not the procedure, but the aftermath. I loved this piece!
  • Form I-485
    30 Sep. 2019
    Schilling writes an all too plausible, Twilight-Zoned fun house ride that uses an actual immigration form as it’s foundation. I saw this performed at the Borderlight Fringe Festival in Cleveland earlier this year and it was both charming and alarming at the same time.
  • The Management Associate and His Spouse
    30 Sep. 2019
    A silly play with a dead-on observation about the work lives we lead. Fast, fun and unfortunately true.
  • Stay for Dinner
    27 Sep. 2019
    A romance blooming amongst the horror and gore of a haunted house display. What's not to like? I thought it was simple, effective and above all, charming. The visuals alone make this worth staging in multiple venues, just to see how different places would interpret it. Becky McLaughlin has written a winner here.

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