Recommended by Toby Malone

  • Ms. Julie: No Strindbergs Attached
    27 Jul. 2020
    A wonderfully witty, intelligent take on Strindberg but very consciously structured to cut him out, as the title suggests. Setting this adaptation in an Airbnb where Julie and Jean navigate power dynamics and the mysteries of attraction is a master stroke - it means we shift from "Miss Julie"'s hierarchy to an incredibly familiar modern version, but Meyer's choice to retain the iconic character names (even if Jean's gender is changed), means we never really forget the looming presence of the source material. Funny, raw, vulnerable, and honest. This would play beautifully any time at all. Produce this today.
  • To Fix a Dinosaur
    23 Jul. 2020
    A beautiful, focused look at the unspeakable, where Emma Rund holds information close until she unleashes it with a thunderclap of pain. Add to that, the action of rebuilding a shattered LEGO model as the characters navigate their fears and place in the universe is masterful. A quick read with an ending that will send you reeling. Outstanding.
  • FOMO: The Prodigal Son Play
    23 Jul. 2020
    It's such a breath of fresh air to read the palpable presence of the modern ideal of FOMO that pervades this ancient story. What could have been needlessly modernized or trivialized became a touching, well-structured play that trusts us enough to leave questions unanswered and resolution uncertain. Lovely work from Jackie Martin!
  • CYRANO ON THE MOON
    21 Jul. 2020
    A wonderful, haunting, heartfelt exploration of the world of Cyrano, Monica Cross not only takes on the gargantuan task of replicating the bravura voice of Cyrano, but dips into finding new depth for Roxanne and Christian to create a rich, lyrical world that aches for stage realization. With touches of metatheatre, medieval pageant plays, and proto-science fiction, Cross more than does justice both to the historical Cyrano and Rostand's own creation. A stunning, marvelous achievement. Highly recommended.
  • CHOP
    21 Jul. 2020
    A fun, snappy absurdist piece that has very positive echoes of Beckett and Ionesco, quippy and to the point, as three unnamed people are beset by an unseen and unexplained 'chopper' who assails the newest member of the group. Razor-sharp and full of life, a wonderful short play.
  • Tiger Barb
    21 Jul. 2020
    A short play about an unusual profession that sucks you in with its precision and depth. There is a whole profession, a whole world underlaying this brief interaction, and without being heavy handed, Jordan Morille paints an evocative picture of something you had no idea even existed, but if you think about it for even a second makes perfect sense. A compelling snapshot.
  • An Appreciation
    21 Jul. 2020
    A wonderful, subtle piece of work that turns the spotlight back on the audience and causes us to question the nature of art and beauty. It's so important with this piece to keep remembering that there's an incomplete element still at play here: the way the audience themselves react when they are observed as works of art. That intangible, edgy wildcard turns this short play into an electric work of potential. I'd love to see where it could go.
  • That'sh Classhified
    18 Jul. 2020
    A tall story about an unlikely dental experience that leads to international espionage is all amped up by the storyteller having just gone through unnecessary mouth surgery and thus offering a gift of an opportunity for any comic actor to slur his way through it. Short, fun, guaranteed crowd pleaser.
  • The Fierce Urgency Of Now
    17 Jul. 2020
    It's such a glorious thing when you find a playwright who can introduce you to a world you have absolutely no idea about and immediately immerse you in such a skilled way that you become entirely invested in the politics of that world. So is the case for Doug DeVita with his witty, human, and complex take on the advertising industry and the way his protagonist, Kyle, negotiates his way through, guided by the wisdom of his new partner and eventual mentor, Dodo. A beautiful, full, vibrant piece with so much heart.
  • The Parking Lot
    16 Jul. 2020
    A relationship is tested, with us as - well, not a judge, not a jury, but certainly an evaluative presence - in what is either a wasteful or vital space in society, depending on who you ask: a parking lot. Pros and Cons are noted in chalk as a couple decides whether it's worth staying together. A brilliant gesture towards the potential of socially distanced audiences, to suggest that, drive-in style, we stay in our cars and watch this relationship teeter in the middle of a parking lot. Vital, joyful, optimistic... except for the moments when it's the opposite. Wonderful.

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