Recommended by Franky Gonzalez

  • Everafter.com
    19 Apr. 2018
    A humorous play with a wonderful moral at the heart of it. Perfect for young audiences growing into themselves in a world of social media and unrealistic standards on love and a ton of laughs for adults as well, Hageman does not trade off honesty of dialogue or reality of situations just because the characters are from old fables and fantasies. Definitely a fresh, much more modern take on old tropes taking on today's obstacles. Highly recommended.
  • Wendy Unwritten
    18 Apr. 2018
    It's lucky that we don't have to speak our recommendations out loud. I felt a lump catch in my throat reading this marvelous play. It has all the wonder and simplicity of a children's story mixed with the complexities of the weightiest existential essays. Ramsburg has created a play that retells and in so many ways exceeds its original source material. Read this play immediately. It draws you in immediately and doesn't let you put it down until the beautiful end. Then you'll read it again. What a wonderful piece of theatre and a beautifully human--and unapologetically feminist--work of art.
  • Second Kisses
    17 Apr. 2018
    There's a lovely economy of language that speaks to the works of Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett but with a twist of comedy that leaves you chuckling at the delightful absurdity of two people who have fallen for each other. Ian and Portia are the kind of characters you want to roll your eyes at, but playwright Matthew Weaver makes them endearing and genuinely funny. You'll shake your head, but it's with a smile and fondness as you remember your own first love and the magical moments of finally coming together with someone you just can't stop kissing--oops, thinking--about.
  • AMERICAN DEAL
    17 Apr. 2018
    A timely play that could not have come at a better time. It forces us to question the debts we owe to society and those those we love and those we hurt. She cuts into the heart of the battle between the ethical and the financial with a clarity and understanding not just of the subject matter, but of American culture at large. Using a beautiful blend of realism, expressionism and so many other styles, Hoke weaves the story of Clive and those around him over 16 years. Stunning. Be on the lookout for when you can read this play.
  • Variations on the Death of Vera
    17 Apr. 2018
    A ghost story that speculates on the truth and the play about the students trying to contact the ghost, who go on a journey that they don't seem to recall, or never went through at all. Like any great legend or myth, we are left speculating on what we witnessed and can only ask, "Was what this experience what I think it was, or something else?" Partain, takes the spirit of a ghost story with all of its facts and fictions and gives us another layer to the story laced with its own facts, fictions, and speculations. Masterfully done. Fantastic.
  • Thank You Sean Dolinski
    10 Apr. 2018
    A heartfelt and tender monologue by Straton Rushing charting a change in perspective through friendship. Mr. Rushing has that rare gift of being able to keep someone engaged through a long monologue. So many playwrights try to master this but often times miss the mark. Not so with Straton's THANK YOU SEAN DOLINSKI. You can actually hear the speaker at this vigil. You could hear how he spoke and you feel the emotions he felt as he delivers these heartfelt words in memory of his friend. A wonderful study in how to write monologues well and a darn good piece.
  • STALL TACTICS
    10 Apr. 2018
    A comical play that takes on a very serious undertone as it progresses. Ruth Cantrell created an engaging two-hander that explores the absurdity of hate and place of both ignorance and hurt that hatred comes from. You'll go from chuckles to introspective silence as you watch a reprehensible protest become the very sad last stand of a confused individual lost in bitterness. And yet, Cantrell isn't satisfied with painting a black and white picture of hate. What drew me most about this play was how truly sorry one felt for the antagonist. A rare talent. I highly recommend this play.
  • Frosty the Rogue Man
    10 Apr. 2018
    A delightful holiday themed play about a woman trying to catch a bus and the cat-calling snowman. What struck me about this play was that you can put a young man as a stand-in for the snowman and you would have a very convincing narrative on how misogyny is taught to men from their conception. That Claudia Haas balances the themes of comedy, social commentary, the holidays, and budding relationships in such few pages exhibits a mastery of her craft and a command over economy in her use of language. What a fun script!
  • Neighbors
    4 Apr. 2018
    There is something to be said about the ability of a playwright to capture the very rare moments of peace where everything is perfect, or as close to perfect, as life can be. Jordan Elizabeth Henry has accomplished this difficult task bringing together two near total strangers connected by both memories of a shared space and a love of life that transcends the planes of the physical and metaphysical. Reading this play was like listening to an etude. You want more, to answer lingering questions, but leaving it here is for the better. Best not question the peace and calm.

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