Recommended by David Lee White

  • Inflation: A Short Holiday Decoration
    23 Nov. 2022
    A funny, and very poignant, meditation on the melancholy associated with necessary progress. Three Christmas lawn inflatables reflect on why the holidays feel just a little different this year. There are a lot of themes in this quick piece (the lure of nostalgia being the most resonant for me) and lots of sharp, fun dialogue. Production teams will have a lot of fun creating the looks and movements of the characters. If you want to involve a large cast, you’ll have a blast creating the “New Inflatable,” which Brennan wisely leaves to our imagination.
  • The Terrible Girls
    3 Nov. 2021
    I saw this play in Philadelphia several years ago and it made me love Goldfinger's writing. It's a gothic-pulpy-noirish treat that treats its themes and characters seriously. There is definitely some dark comedy here. The sinister nature of the story will frighten you and make you grin at the same time. At its core, however, it's really quite poignant. It's rare to find good examples of plays that manage to be dark, thrilling and moving all at the same time.
  • Inktrap
    3 Nov. 2021
    So glad this play has showed up on NPX! In all the years I did new play development, this was one of my favorites. Drobot's writing is compelling and eloquent, right down to the stage directions. This is based on a true story and it's as fascinating as it sounds. Drobot evokes the atmosphere of the period marvelously and the characters are fascinating to watch. This play needs a production!
  • Wayward Flights
    23 Sep. 2020
    An absurdist burlesque about birds, humans, and the occasional zebra. Gallagher has a finely-tuned, meta-theatrical wit and this would be a good piece for young, comic characters with a flair for the unusual. Beneath the playful banter are thoughts on the difficulty of connecting with others, the pursuit of personal journeys and the possible end of humanity. Don’t let the large page count distract you. It all goes by lickety-split. A really fun, funny piece that I’d like to see on stage someday.
    19 Feb. 2019
    A timely and VERY funny play about marriage, loneliness, the holidays and the lure of social media. Hoke creates a believable set of characters and relationships, then provides them with quick, funny dialogue to keep things buoyant. I laughed out loud several times while reading this. The script is family-friendly with just enough "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" moments to keep things from getting overly sentimental. It's clever, it's smart and would make a great alternative to more traditional holiday fare.
  • Badger and Frame
    28 Jan. 2019
    This is a lovely, deeply touching meditation on the legacy of forbidden, adolescent love. It's a simple story, simply told, with characters that have profoundly rich inner lives. Despite the grief inherent in the scenario, the characters make connections with one another that are meaningful and satisfying. The script has the feel of a well-crafted short story. And like all good stories, it hovers between quiet sadness and glimmers of hope. Well worth reading and producing.
  • What's in Store
    6 Dec. 2018
    This is a hilarious, ensemble comedy about the search for family and community. When Jaycee decides to give up on searching for a suitable apartment in favor of moving into a DUKTIG (think IKEA), she inadvertently boosts the store's performance and starts her own communal living project. The tone is somewhere between surrealism and farce (in the best possible way) with solid characters, some nice narrative twists and dozens of drop-dead funny moments. Brennan has an irresistible sense of humor and I highly recommend this piece.
  • Homeowners
    3 Sep. 2018
    I loved this play - an absurdist satire of contemporary American life that dares to turn itself inside out by the end. You may finish reading this feeling bewildered. But don’t give up on it. When the truth of the piece finally dawns on you, you’ll realize what an accomplishment it is and how much it has to say about this moment in time and how we got here.
  • Babel
    7 Aug. 2018
    Babel is a magnificent piece of work. Goldfinger has taken a simple futuristic conceit and used it as a springboard to tackle some of the most difficult cultural issues of our time. What starts out as a play about eugenics, quickly morphs into a play about privilege, political engagement, familial responsibility and individual courage. But it’s a very human story as well. There’s one moment in particular in which a character allows a phone call to go into her voicemail, that feels as dramatically potent as someone unleashing a virus into the water supply. Highly recommended.
  • The Disappearing Act
    14 Jun. 2018
    This is a terrific, poignant, pitch-black comedy. Very surreal and theatrical. By turns funny and horrifying. Well worth a look.