Recommended by Mike Sockol

  • Flight Path
    7 Feb. 2019
    AK executes a tricky bit of in-flight "turbulence" as two mismatched characters bond on a flight across the Midwest. The distance between Cincinnati and Denver is nothing compared to the initial gulf that exists between Camille and Stan, but AK does an excellent job creating a human connection that feels real, and not forced. Very enjoyable journey.
  • *Asterisks*
    3 Feb. 2019
    Rey offers a marital tennis match at 3 in the morning, demonstrating that secrets are best shared when our guards are down. Two likable, unnamed characters, wrestling with new details and leaving the audience wondering what path each will take now that fresh light has been thrown on a very dark night. Rey covers a lot of ground in ten minutes, and this would be a great piece for any LGBTQ festival.
  • You Haven't Changed A Bit
    3 Feb. 2019
    I recently saw a reading of this play in New Jersey, and the simplicity of this work is brilliant. On the surface, a beautiful ballet between two people at the end of their lives with a chance for happiness. But when you look deeper, Donna also offers a cautionary tale about why we are meant to live life now, before it passes us by.
  • DINO KID: A MONOLOGUE WITH T-REX, STEGOSAURUS, BRONTOSAURUS, TRICERATOPS AND A FEW OTHER DINOSAURS
    3 Feb. 2019
    I was intrigued by this monologue because I serve on a local school board and bullying is a common theme. Asher clearly nailed this. A powerful depiction of powerlessness, with a few friendly dinosaurs on hand to offer true friendship thousands of years after their extinction. I'd love to see classrooms use this for discussion purposes.
  • I'LL LOVE YOU 'TIL THE COWS COME HOME
    16 Jan. 2019
    I read this play with a little bit of trepidation since my elderly father has dementia, but Greg Burdick strikes home with a story that's stark, troubling, and touching all at the same time. It's never a good time when the cows show up in your front yard.
  • 153
    2 Dec. 2018
    A wonderfully reaffirming and reassuring play for those traveling through their mid-life crisis, or facing crisis at any point in their lives. Steve particularly captures beautifully the dialogue between younger and middle self, the same agonizing arguments I still have my younger son. Great piece for a ten minute festival.
  • The Memo
    2 Dec. 2018
    Greg Vovos offers the play that Dante might have written if he worked for General Electric or IBM. Two typists struggle with an absurd workplace characterized by an escalating collection of restrictions. The climax solves nothing, and our two main characters continue to struggle in an environment more bleak than either Didi or Gogo could have imagined. Even in such desperation, Vovos carefully balances the pathos and humor, making me truly care about Chris and Joe and curious about their ultimate fate.
  • I'll Tell You at Sunrise
    16 Aug. 2018
    A suicidal man, a wise vagabond, a empty hole and a best sub sandwich in the world. With economy of style and authentic wordsmanship, Gonzalez mixes these ingredients into a simple and stunning case for why living makes sense after all. An excellent addition to any one-act festival.
  • KODACHROME
    3 Aug. 2018
    Szymkowicz writes an “Our Town” for the 21st century. A humane, aching look at the dynamic of love that simultaneously demonstrates both is permanence and fragility. A great play for a large cast, such as a high school, college or community theater.
  • The Kitty Bomb (ten minute comedy)
    1 Aug. 2018
    A delightful and fun read. Daly really captures the love, bonding, and zaniness of these three siblings. Smart dialogue and appealing characters makes this a play I would love to see performed live.

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