Recommended by Mora V. Harris

  • A Tell-Tale Heart
    8 Jul. 2021
    I loved watching A TELL-TALE HEART as presented by the Pittsburgh Public Theatre! This adaptation is just as creepy as the source material, but also funny, uniquely Pittsburghian, and totally engrossing. Silberblatt plays with warmth and charm alongside horror and gore in a way I've never seen before and was totally fascinated by. A perfect show for Halloween!
  • When We Fall
    21 Jun. 2021
    I am so impressed by the elegant way this play is structured to allow us into such intimate and subtly heartbreaking moments on stage. It feels effortless and dreamlike, but is so expertly done. Gibson explores the feeling of loneliness in a crowd here with such nuance and sensitivity. I was very drawn to the way this play makes you feel the anxiety of being trapped at a party where you don't know anyone, but also presents these beautiful opportunities for escape through connection and honesty between the characters. An unusually delicate and aching piece of theatre.
  • Human Resources
    18 Jun. 2021
    I recently tuned in for the Great Plains Theatre Conference online reading of this play and I just loved it! Seeing an unlikely friendship blossom between two coworkers thrown together by chance is so profoundly rewarding as an audience member and feels so special and familiar at the same time. Hirsch captures all the absurdity and banality of a dead end office job without ever getting cynical or letting us forget the emotional depth of the two main characters. HUMAN RESOURCES is a beautiful piece of writing I would love to see staged!
  • The Laborious Dance
    22 Apr. 2021
    A delightful and poignant window into the lives of five very different women and their experiences of motherhood. Watching these women navigate new friendships while on the cusp of huge personal change is a touching and profound theatrical experience.
  • Period Dragon
    22 Apr. 2021
    Cochran captures all the hilarity and struggle of being a pre-teen in this adorable short play with two very lovable young characters.
  • Kicking
    22 Apr. 2021
    The idea of two fetuses talking to each other inside the womb is so simple but so brilliant! This would stand out in any night of ten minute plays as a profoundly unique theatrical event.
  • Sweet Bonnie Beau (stage version)
    4 Apr. 2021
    This play WRECKS ME. It's funny, heartbreaking, and a perfect snapshot of a friendship during the Covid-19 pandemic. Utterly perfect for the moment we are in.
  • The Inseparables
    4 Apr. 2021
    This play is a sweetly funny love letter to the theater that reminds us that even when everything goes wrong with a production, being in a rehearsal room with each other is still pretty great. It was a ton of fun to watch on zoom when presented by The Pittsburgh Public Theater, and will be even better fully staged to show off the brilliant moments of physical comedy built into the script. A perfect choice for those familiar with Three Musketeers as well as newcomers to the story! I highly recommend!
  • The Gift of the Mad Guys
    30 Jan. 2021
    Packed with pop culture references and festive nods to the Hallmark channel, this sweet and funny play finds holiday magic in 2020 stress. Great for zoom or in-person!
  • The Unlawful Abusive Patriarchal Possessive Entitlement of the Motown Sound By Way of the Surrogate Collusion of the Jackson Five (Or, I Want You Back)
    21 Dec. 2020
    A smart and sensitive comedy! To start we meet Sam who is happy to tear apart patriarchal toxicity in pop culture, but when it comes to his own heartbreak finds himself exhibiting all of the behaviors we saw him condemning in the abstract. His lack of self-awareness is flawlessly executed, and it's especially fun to watch realization dawn on him in the opening scene. It's a piece full of fun banter and intellectual posturing on the part of the characters that gives way to a surprisingly tender and irrational-in-the-best way resolution. Read this play!

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