Recommended by Bruce Bonafede

  • L'Images
    24 Dec. 2023
    This is an excellent play. Tightly constructed and written without a wasted word, action, or line of dialog. The subject matter is very dark and it doesn't bother trying to make its awful characters sympathetic - and yet it works because it draws you into its own rather insane world. It could easily tip over into comic exaggeration and yet it doesn't. Instead it's either frightening or upsetting depending on your point of view. Highly recommended.
  • TKO
    21 Oct. 2023
    Soucy could've written a full-length play on this subject, but instead chose the 10-minute form which gives it an impact far beyond its length. I experienced a few brief moments of confusion until I realized what it was really about, and it hit me like a solid right cross. Well done!
  • Persephone
    17 Oct. 2023
    The author deftly handles multiple scenes in a few pages. And deals with a serious subject with a light touch. Achingly sweet, this is a wonderful play.
  • CANCER'S A BITCH (formerly "Blackouts")
    16 Feb. 2023
    “Somebody said comedy is tragedy plus time. I say fuck time. It’s all tragedy and a yard wide.”

    A character says this, and the author proves it true with this play as he seamlessly turns a laugh-out-loud comic piece into a harrowing—even terrifying—look at the experience of cancer.

    By turns—and often at the same time—hilarious, heartrending, and wildly imaginative, it is as relentless in its way as its subject.

    At lot of plays are called a “tragicomedy” but aren’t. This is the real deal.
  • Take the K Train
    11 Nov. 2019
    Clever, well-crafted, and a step above the typical literary send-up. It has a light touch, but succeeds in evoking the insanity of modern life just enough to also be disturbing and memorable.
  • The Embers of Tara (Full Length)
    17 Sep. 2019
    This is a play of rage—rage against both racism and the rationalizations that allow it to continue. And not only that of "Lost Cause" Southern whites," but also of “enlightened” white liberals who pay lip service to equality but are ultimately irredeemable. You expect a polemic with one-dimensional characters; instead Donnelly gives you characters as three-dimensional as they can possibly be, and a story that fulfills the requirements of any good play. He uses broad comedy, magic realism, and scathing satire against more than the usual suspects. When you’re not laughing you’ll be furious. It’s brilliant.
  • Family Visitation (Ten Minute)
    11 Jul. 2019
    Here Donnelly returns to one of his favorite themes: the arrogance and cruelty of a mindset that assumes "family" connections outweigh those we have chosen for ourselves, that are based on something stronger than blood but are all too easily dismissed. This play is a gut punch that will leave you angry, or sad, or more likely both.
    18 May. 2019
    Hilarious, just plain hilarious. Wacky as hell, and did I mention hilarious? Mullen's talent for creating funny but completely believable characters in a matter of seconds with one or two lines of dialogue is on full display here. Read this play. You will laugh out loud.
  • How I Joined the Navy, A Monologue
    3 Feb. 2019
    It's nice to see a piece where the author uses a historical backdrop and actually knows the subject and gets the facts right. Boyle doesn't "make up" history here, or have to guess at it. And he uses it effectively to illustrate some telling ironies about serving in the military.
  • The Great Gaffe
    12 Nov. 2018
    Much fun, and a deeper dive into two literary characters than it appears.