Recommended by Alix Sobler

  • Maybe Tomorrow
    9 Apr. 2020
    Inspired by a true story, but wholly theatrical and original, MAYBE TOMORROW has all the elements that I love in plays. It's very funny, and somehow familiar and surprising at the same time. Despite the absurd setting, it is almost eerily relatable, examining what it means to stay in a relationship when one person simply can't move forward, and how a moment of panic can turn into a lifetime of denial.
  • Linchpin
    26 Mar. 2020
    Arky uses a wonderful theatrical device (a few actually) to materialize the chaos, futility, and ultimately beauty of life in his play Linchpin. Full of humor and wisdom, the mother and daughter at the center of this play are struggling to find meaning by investing all of their time in energy in something with no purpose. A metaphor for theater, and ultimately life itself.
  • A Brief List of Everyone Who Died
    11 Mar. 2020
    A unique approach to a universal theme. This play is about something we all have to deal with, without ever being predictable or trite. Rice has a whip-smart sense of humor and a beautiful sense of dialogue that is both very realistic and achingly poignant. A beautiful play that is somehow simple and complex at the same time.
  • and, and, and Isabella Bootlegs
    10 Mar. 2020
    A fascinating and creative structure to show how four generations of women cope with the problems of society and everyday life. Cooper seamlessly stitches together different timelines in a way that feels almost dreamlike, but also grounded in real life events and struggles. The specter of the dead hangs over the play, at the same time it manages to be very funny.
  • Isle Royale
    2 Feb. 2020
    Isle Royale reads like a coming of age play, meets ghost story, meets family secret play. Full of laughs and shudders, it progresses with a constantly growing sense of dread while you watch in anxiety. Tackling the horror of growing up, growing apart, and finding out what really lies outside of the safety of your sheltered existence by finding out the truth of what lies beneath.
  • QUICK
    22 Jan. 2020
    With matter of fact, alarming precision, Quick unfolds an all too believable dystopian future for American women. Following three women who are headed to Canada to access abortion, the play details how our current path as a country could lead to the suffering and terror of many women. As they struggle with their inability to control their own bodies, these character somehow find a way to reclaim their dignity and autonomy over their lives with the help of their travel companions and by reflecting on where it all went wrong. A timely play and important story.
  • The Dog Museum
    21 Jan. 2020
    I absolutely fell in LOVE with this play. It seamlessly blends sci-fi, poetry, and classic American theater ala Our Town. The language is rich with metaphor and prose, but remains light and active throughout. The relationships are both complex and real, leaving you feeling satisfied but curious. This play has the hallmark Foglia style...funny, heartbreaking and poignant, without taking itself too seriously.
  • Breathing in the Rain
    22 Dec. 2019
    A heartbreaking, haunting look at traumatic events and the way they can affect a family. From the perspective of children left alone in the aftermath of catastrophe, magic and the mysteries of the adult world are interchangeable and indistinguishable, and who are we to say there is really any difference? Same goes for monsters, and the very real threat of looming adults. Highlighting the frustration and loneliness of what it means to be a child with not control, this play manages to provide spectacle and whimsy at the same time it breaks your heart.
  • THIN MINTS
    22 Dec. 2019
    This play is a scathing, sharp, insightful, cautionary tale, dressed up like a hilarious romp. Exploring the Shakespearean level ambitions, cruelty, and stakes that make up the lives of teenage girls, Thin Mints affords delicious roles for multiple young women, without ever succumbing to stereotypes or tropes of "young women" plays. It manages to be very unexpected and very satisfying at the same time. I was lucky to see a workshop production of it early on, and there are images and moments that haunt me still.
  • The End of Days
    15 Nov. 2019
    A sparkly, fabulous two-hander with crackling dialogue and great chemistry between the two main characters. Evokes memories of Hollywood's great sparring couples like Bogart and Bacall, Tracy and Hepburn. This play has a classic, comedic feel with a modern, climate change twist. So delicious I wanted to eat it with a spoon!

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