Recommended by Claudia Haas

  • BENCHMARKS
    13 Feb. 2022
    The play evokes so much: our bags of regret, artifacts, memories - all in a jumble. And then there is the question of getting on the bus to someplace new or staying out where you know the landscape. Deceptively simple, the play is nuanced and complicated. The truth is, you never know the next step while you wait on a bench.
  • A DIANE ARBUS CHRISTMAS
    5 Feb. 2022
    The Mad Hatter brought us unbirthdays. And Kaplan wickedly gives us Diane Arbus’s Unchristmas cards. That’s all you need to know. Read it.
  • Ride
    12 Jan. 2022
    Wow - Wilson gets these three teens right and puts a cherry on top. In less than ten-minutes, a lot of truths about high school sports unfold. You want to know more about them - their pressures, their fears, their earlier relationships - but you can imagine. Wilson hands out a lot of clues. Defeat does not always bring out kindness.
  • Three Love Stories
    8 Jan. 2022
    Pariset has written down all these things you have told yourself, promised yourself, and hoped for yourself over the years. Painful truths, honest realities, and an underlying sweetness that makes you root for anyone looking to be loved and to love.
  • What the Stars See at Night
    8 Jan. 2022
    A magical, hopeful play about wishes and the safekeeping of them. The play’s genre says “young audiences” but it really is for all ages. It’s for anyone who looks at the night sky and wishes.
  • GET SEXY ON ZOOM, a 10 minute Zoom play
    8 Jan. 2022
    Aptecker zooms in on this new world where a flirtation that may work in-person can be woefully lacking in zoom. Couple that with the awkwardness of our political climate, our “aloneness,” and our desire to stay safe and you have an impossible situation with no winners. Aptecker manages all of this and more - it’s funny, painfully awkward and to the point.
  • Misfortune
    8 Jan. 2022
    Who’d ever think a fortune cookie and Little House on the Prairie could be forever linked? I needed this quirky first date for the laughter and now will wait for the second date where I hope to meet the absent 3rd person in the play. A rom-com that would be a hit with all audiences - not just “prairieheads.”
  • THE FERRIS WHEEL - a short play for both stage and radio
    7 Jan. 2022
    From being at the top of the world and to every point in-between, the play skillfully gives us a love story in succinct scenes. Nuanced, heart-holding, funny, and every thing in-between, there are lives lived in a scant ten minutes.
  • Two Turtle Doves (a 5 minute play)
    7 Jan. 2022
    Syran captures so many midwinter themes here and weaves together a tale of loneliness and heartache. The haunting cooing and gentle sounds of Christmas carols evoke yearning whispers on a long winter’s night.
  • A Perdrix in a Pear Tree (2 minute play)
    7 Jan. 2022
    Daedalus and a wild boar in a Christmas tale? It works beautifully. And it doesn’t need to be Christmas to appreciate this story of care.

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