Recommended by Franky D. Gonzalez

  • The Play You Want
    30 Apr. 2024
    Equal parts hilarious and devastating, The Play You Want is a razor sharp lampooning of both the American Theatre and of the marginalized artist desperate to "make it." I found myself relating heavily to so much of this play and felt myself wince so many times in empathy at the sacrifices and compromises made by Bernardo in this play. This play will hit you right in the guts as your sides split from laughing and your thoughts go to your own moments with family, friends, and colleagues that mirror the circumstances of this play.
  • Booked and Blessed...OR BUST!
    19 Aug. 2023
    Perez creates a play that is a beautiful cacophony of styles and ideas while still making sure that the plot doesn't get away from him. Alexander deftly moves us between stories, tones, and emotional moments that will let you feel both the pain and surrealism of a life in entertainment and entertainment representation. You will laugh at the absurdity, and good-natured ribbing at the theatre industry for those in the know, and for those who aren't quite familiar with the theatre world there is still so much fun to be had in this wild ride of a play.
  • God Learns of the Death of Harambe, 2016 (colorized)
    31 Jan. 2023
    With a title like "God Learns of the Death of Harambe, 2016 (colorized)," you become grossly fascinated and become pulled into a hilarious and unexpected vision of the divine. A playful piece of theatre that blends the world of memes with the notion of faith, grace, forgiveness, and ultimately offers a zany and hilarious interpretation why all of what we are experiencing/have experienced is happening. Alexander Perez pulls off off a wonderful balancing act that makes light of everything without crossing the line of the outright offensive. A well-constructed and fun play that should be experienced everywhere.
    9 Jan. 2022
    Love will always be marred by that horrible word, “Circumstance.” It is a matter of age, situation, sexuality, timing, obligation, and of family. Luis Roberto Herrera takes those very circumstances and creates three heartbreaking chapters that leave you wondering “What if?” and “If only…” Each character is wrought with dimension and detail. They have flaws and good qualities. They are tragic, comedic, and so Floridian you will feel the humid air and the cool water of the pool as they talk. A wonderful play about millennials who lived in a world at the cusp of, but still before, acceptance.
  • THE MESQUITE TREE, an American Tragedy
    9 Nov. 2021
    David Davila captures not only the intense drama of having five generations of Latina women in one household, but also the tenderness, the comedy, the hopes, aspirations, disappointments, and most importantly, the resiliency that comes from such a unique, beautiful household. THE MESQUITE TREE is billed as an American Tragedy, and that is true. There is a lot of tragedy layered into Davila's pages, but more it's a celebration of an oft-overlooked demographic and experience that occurs in this country. David has crafted a work of beauty that will leave you wondering and inspire awe long after End of Play.
  • ÁNGEL Y CHUPI (The Reinvented Queer Tale of the Puerto Rican Chupacabra)
    4 Sep. 2021
    A play that is as profoundly religious as it is boldly profane. Daniela Gonzalez y Perez blends belief, philosophy, mythology, reincarnation, love, revenge, redemption, and debasement into this wonderful treatise on who is and who is not worthy of forgiveness, love, and grace. You’ll be transported from the streets of NYC to different planes of existence as you follow Angel (an angel) and Chupi (the chupacabra) and their relationship to the human—who may well be more mystical than her two counterparts—Rami. It will leave you meditating on the nature of, well, everything. A marvelous play.
    1 May. 2021
    An epic, a comedy, a tragedy, a reminder. Diaz-Marcano takes folk tales, history, Reggaeton, the Taíno people, natural disasters, mythology, children's stories, and social issues and a deep love for Puerto Rico and creates a new superhero canon worthy of its own series. It can at once be uproariously hilarious and devastatingly emotional in the same scene. It challenges cultural toxicity while reveling in cultural identity. It's heartwarming and philosophical. The play invites us to think about the nature of legacy and self-determination, of our yesterdays and our tomorrows. But more, it reminds us of family, given and found.
  • Keep The Music Going
    29 Apr. 2021
    Perfectly written for the Zoom medium, and realizing all of Zoom's dramatic potential, Steven Hayet creates a beautiful work about the nature of isolation and keeping hope alive in dire circumstances. You are quickly invested into Jessica's story and feel that ache of empathy so many of us must have, and may still feel in the midst of the global pandemic. And yet, despite a situation that could easily give way to gloom, Hayet is able to infuse joy and comedy into the long-distant friendship formed between Jessica and Lory. A beautiful play brimming with optimism despite such bleak times.
  • Zero Sum Game
    28 Apr. 2021
    It’s in the act of mercy that we are left with the deepest of questions. Questions about life, about death certainly, about war, about politics, about our place in the universe and our complicity in the worst aspects of the human condition, despite doing the best we can. In this deeply affecting monologue Philip Middleton Williams bring all of these questions up as a medic commits an act of immense philosophical and ethical import, but keeps grounded in the reality of a situation. A halting reminder that the real price of war may well be our humanity.
  • Define "Friend"
    27 Mar. 2021
    A one-act giving audiences a nuanced, messy, and intimate look into the life of middle-school relationships and dynamics. Jackson Castello has created in this play a real opportunity for young actors to not only participate in the theatre, but embody characters whose concerns mirror their own in so many ways. Don't let the fact that it's a one-act fool you. This play is filled with lots to think about and digest with each viewing.