Recommended by Lesley Scammell

  • The Net Will Appear
    4 Feb. 2019
    I saw this play at Mile Square Theatre and I loved it! The playwright has a gift for the language of children, no small feat. Her nine year old Rory is a full blooded, complex human being, full of the fury and curiosity of a pre adolescent girl. As the mother of a daughter I recognized the "too muchness of Rory" and loved her for it. The relationship between Rory and Bernard unfolds slowly and is revealed to us with the lightest of touches. In short, I was very moved by this play.
  • Hath Taken Away
    4 Feb. 2019
    A lovely and gentle play full of questions about how we choose to cope with the tragedies in our lives. I love the circular structure of the play, the way things are revealed to us in fragments that slowly add up to reveal who these people are.
  • Laundry at the Coin & Spin
    1 Feb. 2019
    I saw this play in New York at The Civilians and found it very moving. It's a quiet play that starts quietly and creeps up on you, packing a lot of emotional punch into a short space of time. There is something universal about the relationship between these two women who are in very different places in their lives. I was in tears at the end and not the gentle dew drop kind that drop from your eyelashes but full on floods.
  • Sometimes It's Dirt, Sometimes It's Bones
    1 Feb. 2019
    I really enjoyed this play. I love dark and and love comedy and this has both. I love the emotional violence of it, the unapologetic rage of the women. A good story, well told.
  • Dog
    1 Feb. 2019
    I love the seeming simplicity of this play, the bare bones on which hang the chilling emotional realities of abuse within a family. I didn't question the reality of the play at all. It's very cleverly written so that I understood completely the underlying threat without it being stated. What really came through for me is the feeling that children who have been abused have, that it was somehow their fault.
  • The Loophole
    17 Nov. 2017
    I saw Wounds and Honey at the Great Plains Theatre Festival and love the way it tackles a terrible situation with humour and without condescension, not an easy task. Grief can lead us to strange and extreme things and Stacy manages to make the actions of these characters completely believable. There is something very generous and kind about the way she portrays the human experience.