Plays

Of Government 

commissioned and produced by Clubbed Thumb, Summerworks 2017

"You know you're in for something extraordinary when even the turn-off-your-phone announcement is wonderful. Before Alex Borinsky's school-pageant-styled Of Government begins, we're plied with cookies and pie—each, we are assured, P.T.A.-made... If ever a political play were huggable, this would be it... Borinsky can write like blazes—and he likes to prove it—so amidst the forest of naturalistic dialogue, huge gouts of monologue suddenly rear up. Tawny goes loquaciously mad in one scary scene, which seems necessary to the plot, but how to explain Beth Dixon's aria about a small town losing its grocery store? Who cares! It's a comic masterpiece, and all I can say is it seemed necessary at the time. But all this hilarity does not disguise the fury at the show's core." Helen Shaw, Time Out

"Me, I see a point in this play’s amiable restlessness, or I think I do. It’s something to do with both the insecurity and serendipity of the way we live now." Ben Brantley, New York Times

Photo by Ian Douglass

Ding Dong It's the Ocean

commissioned by Rady&Bloom Collective Playmaking

work in progress showings at HERE Culturemart 2016 & 2017

The Witches

"I should tell you that this play is marvelous. I should tell you to go see it. I should tell you that by the time you are reading this it is no longer running... I should tell you that if you have any clout in this town, or just a few hundred bucks and an empty room, then you should program this play." Jerry Lieblich, Culturebot

Photo by Eileen Meny

Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8

available in print from 3 Hole Press, online and in local bookstores

"Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 is a remarkable creature of our shattered and shuttered time. Borinsky’s theater examines everything that it encounters—including the various artifices of theater itself, i.e. character, costumes, boxes, supposed emotions (real or imagined), action as it would have its way, place/s, and all the supposed ends and means of the theater making apparatus—with a scrupulous but loving attentiveness. There is no one quite like him writing and making theater today." Mac Wellman

"In this big, small play, people learn who they are as they say things, punctuation makes gaps where lonely spirits and dances live, and stuff gets sticky between tender, selfish hearts. This is a battle cry for doing the daily work of becoming better in America." Jennie Liu