Recommended by Claudia Haas

  • Writer's Block
    29 May. 2018
    Been there. Done that. Writer’s know that trying too hard, trying to be innovative, trying to write the new classic can lead to a heap of trouble. With affection and wit, Suzanne has crafted a play that will elicit smiles from all - not just writers. A delicious take inside a wearied writer’s head.
  • Rank
    29 May. 2018
    What will you do to survive? Rank explores this aspect of human nature in a dystopian future but the parallels to today are ominous and far-reaching. It’s a sci-if thriller where the stakes couldn’t be higher and the choices are muddied with political implications. The “greater good” never looked more frightening.
  • Message of Pain
    29 May. 2018
    There is no “forever” and that truth is painfully up front and personal in Partain’s play. Even in sci-if, where you can imagine any possibility, Partain goes for the reality of the human condition. The play is circular as is life. It has a strong engine which goes full throttle to an ending that tears at you but you can’t imagine another possibility. The role of Xara is a dream part for an actress.
  • Mom's Ham
    21 May. 2018
    So I found myself in this play. I think we all will. Holiday tradition, the past, present and just possibly the future combine for the perfect ham, A play ripe for a holiday where being perfect is overrated. A beautiful take on tradition and perfectionism.
  • Arguing With Toasters
    6 May. 2018
    How many plays have you laughing at the absurdity of life in general and then pulls you up short? It is indeed very funny and sadly topical. What starts out as absurd becomes vindication. Original, clever and ultimately moving.
  • A La Roro
    30 Apr. 2018
    This is just a beautiful take on immigration as seen through a young boy and his nightmares. The fantasy gets just frightening enough before Michael/Miguel stops being scared and young audiences will be drawn into it. The debate about who has the right to scare the boy is both humorous and poignant. The use of a child's night terror perfectly highlights the political climate of our time. It's sweet with a little ghostly chill.
  • The One-Millionth Monkey
    30 Apr. 2018
    If you love time-traveling monkey double agents, this is your play. "Planet of the Apes" meets "Francis Bacon Really Wrote Shakespeare" in this dystopian-future-monkey-play. Monkey-jokes run amok as Abley manages to satirize, literature, funding, enslavement and anything else the little monkeys think of. It's a grand romp into the future.
  • I am...
    30 Apr. 2018
    Adams captures the tightrope one walks in middle school. It's hard to stay true to yourself when you are still figuring out what "yourself" is. The characters are all part-child, part-adult and very vulnerable. The play's large, diverse cast make it a perfect fit for middle schools. The young performers will relate to all the situations and the audiences will be nodding their heads and seeing themselves onstage. At times uncomfortable, Adams has the loveliest kernel of hope for all of them at the end of the play.
  • When I was a Child
    30 Apr. 2018
    Children act out what they need to figure out. They learn something and turn it into a game. This is all too believable and heart-stopping. It's a game that no child should ever play. It's a game that is probably being played. Include it in a gun-control festival and make the game stop.
  • SEX AND VIOLENCE
    30 Apr. 2018
    This is one tasty morsel of a play. It's a combination of a "love letter to the theatre" and "why didn't I become an accountant instead of a playwright?" From metro cards for the actors to carfare for a parrot, to needing bowling balls as props even though they're not needed in the script - the play had me reeling. It's all true. Of course, truth is relative (as is every line and character in the play). Theatricals and non-theatricals will be delighted. And the non-theatricals? They'll learn a lot about theatre. It's a delicious script.

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