Recommended by Robin Rice

    14 Apr. 2020
    A woman remembers her mother's (pretty darned awful) cooking as she prepares cookie dough. Reading this, I'm reminded of the olden days - and how much things have changed since women stopped being tied to the kitchen by their apron strings. Oh Gawd. Liver. Canned peas. Thanks for the memories!

  • Two-Timing Loaf of Bread
    12 Apr. 2020
    Ohmygod, I love it! This is so my kind of play. I would love to see this on stage. Meanwhile, I want to read every other play Ryan has written.
  • That Kind of Boy [a 1-minute play]
    1 Apr. 2020
    I so love the surprise! We need more of this good feeling. More!
    30 Mar. 2020
    Past, present and hope for the future are captured in this brief moment, this time set in amber in BLACKCURRANT JAM. As one woman has her ritual tea and toast, shut inside as most of us are during the coronovirus seige, she transitions into seeing a brighter future and thereby brings a breath of spring to all of us. The undercurrent (no pun intended) of the monologue isn't, however, restricted to the specific corona quarantine time. Like jam, it may be spread out, over any life at any time. So specific it's universal.
  • Venus and Mars
    30 Mar. 2020
    An art gallery is a world apart. The air is charged with history. It's the perfect setting for memories to manifest. Schwartz's heroine faces an unwanted memory, and realizes she must deal with it because he's going to be with her forever. (I have written many plays about artists, paintings and memory. I'd know if a playwright was "using" art, but Schwartz's writing rings true. She absolutely knows her characters and where they are.)
  • Phillie's Trilogy
    2 Dec. 2019
    Phillie and Barbie are best friends since childhood. We root for them to remain best friends forever, these kids who support each other through thick and thin (including multi-dimensional parents who don't proceed gently). We follow Phillie and Barbie into adulthood, and damn - their friendship comes apart at gut-level seams. I'm left shaken when Phillie discovers he has been rejected in a terribly crushing way. DeVita leaves us with friends who are now "indistinguishable from any other middle aged childhood friends who’d stayed too long at the party."
  • Babel
    7 Aug. 2019
    Everything makes sense in the technological Babel that is the future world of this play. Frightening sense. The choices presented to the characters couldn't be more fateful. In a world where babies who are less than "perfect" are sent to live in an underground village, the choice to end a pregnancy or to value life despite the powers-that-be couldn't be more difficult. In Goldfinger's skillful play the story's impact is immediate and chilling. Her world is imaginary, but the link to today is very real. Think long and hard before you press that button in the voting booth!
  • The Fierce Urgency Of Now
    2 Aug. 2019
    I saw a reading of this play and it is memorable. Smart, relevant, real, wild, and hysterically funny!
  • Man & Wife
    9 Apr. 2018
    Oh my goodness -- hold onto your hat! This comic romp follows a couple through marriage in a ride that's sexy, crazy, wild and side-splitting. Underneath is a solid platform of truth about marriage and raising children. Never a dull moment.
  • FUKT
    9 Apr. 2018
    Brave and beautifully crafted. This story will shake you down to your toes. It is a very original look at sexual abuse. We see the protagonist at three stages in her life -- all of them interacting, often humorously. This provides a distancing effect which allows us to watch and listen without putting up protective defenses. The play is ultimately uplifting. I wish every person who has suffered abuse but not been able to confront it could see this play and be strengthened by it.