Recommended by DC Cathro

  • Treason at the Globe
    9 Feb. 2022
    To start, I love this play. “Treason at the Globe” has so much going for it… Mystery, action, love, death, Shakespeare, humor, rich characters, beautiful language… It’s a sprawling epic full of brilliantly written dialogue that will pull you in and take you along for an incredibly entertaining ride, whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not. Huge and lush and mysterious and funny and dangerous… To finish, I really love this play.
  • Paperweight, a Monologue
    28 Jan. 2022
    I absolutely love the personification of the firearm in this piece, and how it becomes almost sensual and alluring, trying to seduce the reader into picking it up. The seduction, the “birthing,” the afterglow… All of it. An intense, visual, and visceral monologue that is brilliant in concept and execution. Simply brilliant.
  • The Boys Across the Street
    28 Jan. 2022
    The button on the end of this monologue is so perfect… A rough, harsh look at racism and homophobia through the eyes of a “good Christian” woman. Really, that last line could not be more brilliant in summing up this piece and the character.
  • Tropes I Hate: The Title of the Play We're In
    12 Jan. 2022
    As a playwright, I have many thoughts about this piece. First and foremost, YES. AGREE. TOTALLY. Second though… titles are hard! But anyway, yes again, this short hilarious romp drags an oft-used trope through the mud where it belongs, and does so brilliantly and hilariously. Scott Sickles shows his ever-present razor sharp wit with fast, funny banter.

    This has been “The Title of the Recommendation We’re In.”
  • Right as Rain
    12 Jan. 2022
    A rich, sweet, and sad story told with care and feeling. The characters play off each other perfectly and the tales they tell are full of history and connection. A wonderfully touching piece that is ultimately full of hope. P.S. I agree with the playwright about the opening “optional” scene. Lovely work.
  • Glory Days
    7 Jan. 2022
    As someone who DJ’d for his college radio station, I found myself drawn into this piece immediately. As someone who tends to haunt a few record stores, many of the topics of conversation were also very familiar, and anyone passionate about, well, ANYTHING that has become overly commercialized will feel themselves relating heavily to this character. We all miss our “golden ages,” when we were young trailblazers. This isn’t a perfect monologue, but like the character says, the imperfections make it perfect. Give it a spin.
  • Silent Vows
    7 Jan. 2022
    A short, sweet, funny moment of a piece that is a visual treat. Reminiscent of the golden age of television comedies, in my head I pictured Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman, which is a compliment to the material. Unexpected and a tad naughty!
  • Lifting the Fog of War
    7 Jan. 2022
    A powerful piece, full of action and conflict and quite simply terrifying because of just how plausible it is. The dialogue is thick with tension, the events will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the turns in the story will surprise you. Thrilling and chilling at the same time.
  • I Can't Ride Trains Anymore
    18 Nov. 2021
    Pieces like this, that offer a window into a world foreign to many, are so important and powerful and scary. The things that some people have to endure, simply because they are considered “other”… It’s horrifying to hear about it, but that’s exactly why we HAVE to hear about it. This is an incredibly brave, incredibly heartbreaking monologue that needs to be heard. Please, PLEASE, read this.
  • Popsicle Kisses
    11 Nov. 2021
    The title is slightly misleading, this play is intense in so many ways… Emotionally, physically, psychologically. This short piece features some stunning lyrical language and physical imagery that will stay with you. Both beautiful and brutal. Fantastic work.