Recommended by Tom Moran

  • Treachery Island: A Serial Play
    30 Jun. 2022
    Like my fellow commenters, I saw episodes 1-3 at a theatre conference and was sucked in. And this is from someone who genuinely hates reality TV and everything it was engendered (a topic that the play certainly addresses.) It's funny, clever, and really leans into the episodic format, keeping the twists and turns coming, ratcheting up the tension, and regularly topping itself. Glad I got a chance to read the whole thing!
  • For Richard, for Poorer
    2 Jun. 2022
    There's a real charm about plays that are essentially monologues because one character knows better than to say anything, and this one encapsulates that quite well. It's sweet and tender and honest and true, and quite funny to boot. Also a great closing line.
  • Advanced Feature ( 10 min. ZOOM online play)
    5 May. 2022
    Just heard this at a playreading and it went over gangbusters. A really fun script that energetically pokes fun at Zoom while taking clever advantage of some of its features (backgrounds especially) to make the piece work.
  • Misfortune
    17 Feb. 2022
    A solid entry into the "omigod I need to get out of this date" pantheon, which veers off in a pleasantly unexpected direction at the end. Good fun and lots of laughs as the male lead talks himself deeper and deeper into a hole with both his date and the audience. And kudos for coming up with a truly ridiculous sub-sub-sub-genre of fanboyism. L.I.W. would be proud.
  • THE LAST RITES OF ORSON WELLES
    13 Feb. 2022
    A compelling mix of humor and pathos, this uses Orson Welles' celebrated Paul Masson period as the springboard to the broken-down actor reflecting on happier days. In the larger sense, it's a poignant story about the impermanence of fame and how hard it can be to put aside past glories and accept the present for what it is.
  • DONNY OSMOND TURNED ME GAY
    12 Feb. 2022
    A tender and honest monologue, lovingly and sweetly told. Not to mention an interesting rumination on the different ways we interpret pop culture and how it can shape us in ways we don't even understand, at least at the time.
  • HAMLET IN ANTARCTICA
    12 Feb. 2022
    Through a Pythonesque progression of ideas that start out small and well-meaning and grow larger and more defensive, a Hamlet production morphs into something unrecognizable (but, to say the least, intriguing.) There are laugh lines galore as we watch everything spin delightfully out of control. Dry as a bone and an all-around hoot.
  • Top Shelf Tolstoy
    4 Feb. 2022
    A great satire. Like the best 10-minute plays, it takes an absurd idea and runs with it. A well-constructed three-hander with effortless exchanges, the promise of good stage spectacle via some terrible dancing, and a perfect final line. As a side note, my town actually has a bar called "The Library," though they don't check out books (yet.)
  • Sputnik
    4 Feb. 2022
    A fascinating, polished story of a little-known civil rights hero. The plain language and not-quite-a-monologue structure are well-suited to the subject matter; a solid and important story, well-told.
  • The Antelope Party
    1 Feb. 2022
    I certainly didn't see this one coming: what starts out as a piece about a genial group of Bronies and Pegasisters turns into descent into a rising current of authoritarianism/fascism/racism. At times hilarious and terrifying, it's a riveting look at the ways people get sucked into causes and subgroups, some benign, some malicious. Good stuff and I expect it comes across even better on stage.

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