Recommended by Lauren Davenport

  • Above the Fold
    31 Mar. 2022
    Above the Fold is a fast-paced and sharp play that grapples with sensationalism, gender inequality, and the morality and ethics of journalism. In the challenge of getting their story above the fold we're swept up in the reweaving and unweaving of not just Evelyn Hoey, but the person who's tasked with telling her real story - Dorothy. This play offers a lovely dissection of the power of words and the responsibility of those who wield them.
  • Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams
    27 Mar. 2022
    Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams is one of those plays that ignites all your senses and leaves you deeply touched with a moving theatrical experience. This play is inviting, poignant, witty, gritty, and moving. When Celina and Inky find themselves rebuilding their futures in the same community of their childhood they also find that they're stuck between two opposing forces - the gossip and grief of both a community and their own families. I was fully invested from the first page to the last page.
  • Daughters of Leda
    26 Mar. 2022
    This play is page-turning, funny, tragic, playful, heartfelt, and empowering. You feel the weight of each character's story and the impact of their stories together as a whole. Daughters of Leda is one of those plays that stays with you long after you finish reading it - seriously, I can't stop thinking about it and I want to see this production!
  • Barn Wood and Blue Roses
    1 Mar. 2022
    There is so much to love about this clever play and the vivid characters in it. The fantasy framework is a wonderful vehicle to explore cystic fibrosis, drugs, and abuse - and it’s done in such a fun, engaging, witty, and heartfelt way that I have to admit I wanted more when I finished reading. I would literally sit through a three-hour version of this if that existed.
  • The Waiting Room
    1 Mar. 2022
    “Shit. Fetus is the real f word here, right?” Humor is treasure to be discovered in this treasure hunt of a short play. Alli uses the difficult subject matter of infertility and miscarriage to show us all the ways in which fear, trauma, and grief can be finite instead of infinitely depressing and insurmountable. Two strangers bonding in a waiting room is an everyday occurrence, and this one will leave you with laughs, hope, and solidarity.
  • Stintz Milestrip Center
    25 Mar. 2021
    I fell in love with this experimental play the moment I saw how the script was laid out. I love how everything is happening simultaneously because it highlights the humor and poignancy of everyday business at small stores. The dialogue and action are thoughtfully placed. Moments from one store inform character and their stories stores apart, next door, across the street, etc. This play has the potential for some neat innovative staging and was a such fun and refreshing read!
  • Hail Mary and Other Miracles
    18 Sep. 2020
    There’s only so much a Philadelphia Eagles fan can gush about a play involving the Minnesota Vikings. But this play is a wonderful treat. It has twists and turns with plenty of surprises, excellent and clear rising stakes, and spot-on moments of laugh out loud humor. Each character is distinct and memorable. And whether you like football or not, the central conflict and resolution surrounding family is what ultimately stays with you.
  • Lucky Day
    18 Sep. 2020
    When we think about Las Vegas, we think about the inevitable risk and reward of gambling and casinos. “Lucky Day” uses risk and reward to show the pitfalls of both illusion and truth. Its enthralling plot creates a decent amount of suspense, even when you know going to a psychic with a bag of money can’t turn out well. In spite of the cyclical nature of luck, what stays with you at the end is the uplifting nature of possibility.
  • Lamentation of the Night
    17 Sep. 2020
    Humorous and heartening at the same time! This play is quirky fun with turning traditional spooky conventions on their own heads. It’s also playful, but doesn’t shy away from the important issues of legacy and identity.
  • In the End
    14 Jun. 2020
    From the first to the last page I couldn't help but see this entire play through different shapes and shades of light, even in its darkest moment, because ultimately that's what this play is. It's a ray of light in its own darkness and it is radiant. This play has a timelessness that is as tragic as the violence its characters endure and as tangible as the comfort that comes from holding someone's hand. It's all the what ifs that stick with you, and when it's over it's like a realization of how souls breathe. Beautiful work!

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