Recommended by John Busser

  • Last Call for Curtain Call
    28 May. 2024
    The comic payoff here is worth the price of admission. This would be an awesome trio of parts for any actors having to weave through this hilarious 5 minutes to curtain meltdown. And the twist Robert adds to the end is just perfect. Amber Dickinson has written a winner here.
  • The Lingering Scent of Oranges
    28 May. 2024
    Oh is Melinda a breath of fresh air in this play! I loved the character here even as I was frustrated (and yes, I think you're supposed to be) with Robin. Robin has already resigned herself to the grave in all ways here. Her life seems to be living on the sidelines, while Melinda is ready to be back in the game! And I applaud her for it. Steve Martin writes the best characters in that they bring out an emotional response in us, the audience. That's what good writing does.
  • Doggone
    28 May. 2024
    All you homeowners with just a little bit of yard and some trees will know the pain of Dog-Man here. In what is surely a never-ending battle, this monologue by Amber Dickinson hilariously calls out those little nut-gathering bastards and puts them on notice. I think any actor would have a blast getting their paws on this one.
  • The Manners Mafia
    28 May. 2024
    In all things, politeness must be observed. To do anything less would be... uncivilized. Rachel Feeny-Williams understands this, and so should you. Especially during the beatings. This was a zany look at Mafiosa culture and protocol and you would be remiss to not partake of it's delights. The characters are wonderfully appropriate, the names alone are icing on the cake, and you can practically hear the mandolin music playing (at a respectable volume, of course) while the play unfolds.
  • COMPLIMENTARY WIFI
    28 May. 2024
    This is romantic comedy done right. Not with outlandish circumstances or a faux third party thrown in to add sexual tension (although maybe the body pillow fits), but with real sounding characters having a disagreement about the meaning and context of their surroundings. These characters feel like real people, thanks to Rachael Carnes' sharp dialogue. These are folks you either already know, or want to get to know. Terrific stuff.
  • Slasher’s Delight
    28 May. 2024
    I HIGHLY recommend this demented comedy of manners, final girl unions and tea breaks amongst the carnage from Chris Soucy. I loved every minute of this. It's clever, gruesome and sick in all the best ways. In the best tradition of slasher flicks, I'd love to see a sequel or even a series of sequels, ending with Slasher's Delight... IN SPAAAAACE!
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bowls of Ramen
    28 May. 2024
    Now I'm hungry for ramen...
    Morey Norkin gives us a true fractured fairy tale here that is delightfully bonkers. I always get a kick out of characters who interact, and in this case, sometimes contradict a narrator's best efforts. Kids and adults can sink their teeth into this comic retelling of Goldilocks and I think it would be a worthy addition to any short play festival.
  • Sacrifice
    28 May. 2024
    Oh I couldn't wait to dig into another Jacquie Floyd comedy and she did NOT disappoint. You should all sacrifice about 10 minutes of your time to read this hilarious look at human sacrifice (and yes, you CAN make that funny). It's not all fun and deity-pleasing. Someone could get hurt. Or eaten. And then where would we be? Probably laughing our asses off like I did reading this. I think this play would be even better staged, as the tech crew would be having a blast bringing the mayhem to life. Thanks for the great read, Jacquie!
  • COLLECTIVE GROUPINGS OF ANIMALS
    25 May. 2024
    I know I'll never write something which addresses our collective soul while at the same time does so in a way that confounds and calls out the absurd in that same soul. But thank God Rachael Carnes can and did. Between supermarket tzatziki, Pompeii crosswords and tight hedgehog balls (believe me, it all makes a weird kind of sense in the context of the play), Rachael makes this a damn fine source of existential entertainment.
  • Adult in the Room
    25 May. 2024
    I was stunned after reading this terrifying look at how our society really HAS failed our children. Greg Vovos not only gives us this ongoing conflict in terms that are nowhere near black and white, but the gray area he puts Godfrey and Kelsey in somehow seems like something of a solution. NOT A GOOD ONE, however. Godfrey may not realize it, but his intended target may not be the only casualty this day. That's what makes this story so important to tell. For the kids AND the "Adults in the room."

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