Recommended by Shualee Cook

  • Brontë Sister House Party
    26 Mar. 2022
    A wild, cathartic literary joyride that gleefully tramples over several genres on its way to somewhere entirely new. It gushes imagination all over the place, constantly fiddles with what a play does or doesn't need to be, and finds balanced ways to immerse its audience while allowing for different comfort levels. It's also delightfully silly. But its playfulness gives space for its three famous heroines to expand beyond their archetypes, and contains more emotion and depth than you might expect from a play where Kate Bush plays songs about yachts to fictional characters on a golden ukulele in the bathroom.
  • you know, that Bakery out in Bensonhurst
    4 Nov. 2020
    Raw, gorgeously written, and sneakily boundary-pushing, this gripping play somehow manages to be a breath of fresh air and an emotional punch in the gut at the same time, and I love it. I love its fearlessly organic structure, the subtle poetry it finds in everyday speech, how it creates high drama from small shifts in the relationships of its complex ensemble, its clear-eyed focus on how love doesn't keep us from failing those we cherish, and how those failures don't keep us from loving. A full-blooded, lived-in, skillfully understated marvel.
  • The Surest Poison
    12 Aug. 2019
    What a strange and wonderful alchemy this script is! Equal parts fascinating historical drama, pulse-pounding thriller, shocking political exposé, and heartbreaking queer love story, yet somehow more than the sum of all of them. The Surest Poison unearths a shameful episode in our government's history, focusing not on the corridors of power but on the marginalized communities that paid the price, while crafting memorable characters from real-life unsung heroes whose names deserve to be remembered. Fast-paced succinct plotting, crackling hard boiled dialogue, and unsettling questions that linger after the buzz wears off. A rare mixture indeed.
  • Or,
    19 Feb. 2015
    A witty, edgy, dangerous intellectual romp with real verve, gloriously varied use of language and some genuine surprises. Adams' three roles are full-out feasts for the actors in a show that is often thought-provoking, and always entertaining.