2011 Praise for Walking the dog Theater:
"A winner... There are dark moments in "Finding Fathers," and fragile moments too. But at heart it is a comedy. Roy and Allen have a finely tuned sense of how to play their own jokes. They juggle poignancy, sarcasm and zing like the pros they are... Wendy Frost's set design is perfect, underlined by the blanket of leaves and resident lighting director Deena Pewtherer's autumn golds amplify the effect, just as her dim blues create the spooky night... You needn't have lost a father at a young age to appreciate "Finding Fathers." We all need to be reminded of where we came from sometimes."
"...all directorial ego and actor-narcissism has been carved away, and there is nothing left but text and movement and breathtaking connections ... full of small surprises, each like a small drop of lemon on the tongue ... Ruhl sings. Her play defines aliveness ... Talbott...seems to compose the silences ... [The production] arouses our keener hearing, our keener observance of movement, and 90 minutes of astonishing biological aliveness that feels like fresh breezes gamboling in our chests."
"Fine direction and superb acting ... Rachel Storey plays Eurydice captivatingly ... Ron Komora['s] great warmth ... The villain...is brilliantly played by Paul Boothroyd ... Jonathan Talbott['s] score is wonderful ... [The Stones] move with wonderful grace ..."
"A fascinating play ... a mystical world ... summer fare has never felt so timely or right."
"Perfect ... remarkable and moving."
2010 Praise for Walking the dog Theater:
BON APPETIT! Theater. Opera. Chocolate.
2009 Praise for WTD:
I Take Your Hand In Mine
2008 Praise for Walking the dog Theater:
The Actors’ Ensemble production of
“… searingly dramatic and breathtaking... The gradual crescendo of March’s acting and speaking brought down the house. Dale March rose to a level of sadness and angst that touched the heart and brought cheers from the audience.”
“...portrayed with relish...with hilarious ethnicity… side-splitting… a fun evening and easy romp for the gifted Jessica Cerullo”
RED CARNATIONS x2 Opera & Play
“...a wonderful evenings entertainment...The play was a
THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT
“Ideal for summer viewing… The glory of the work was the acting… Both actors worked in creative harmony, forging and ensemble,
“...an enjoyable romp with an unexpected sting in its tale, with two fine
2007 Praise for Walking the dog Theater:
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
“A smash hit…a must see production…perfectly cast. It is full of the most wonderful side-splitting humor and more than two hours of laughter.”
“There's more energy in this production than in most Broadway musicals... a constant delight. Walking the dog continues to surprise us with their "re-imaginings" of Shakespeare... Their production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is one of the most pleasant diversions you'll find on area stages this year.”
DAEMONS A Suite of One-Acts
“Adventurous theatergoers will find much to enjoy...The acting is excellent throughout…Those with a passion for daring stagecraft will find it an intriguing evening.”
“Best Overall Stage Production 2007”
“...an evening that surprises and delights.”
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
“...an extraordinary evening of theater.”
“ ...splendid...threaded with genius…
Excerpts from Performance Reviews
"...[David Anderson] has gained experience in different theatres
in the world and has the gift of being able to captivate the audience's
attention for over an hour; speaking, playing, listening, or only through
a gesture, a position of the head, a step...remaining still...[An] uninterruptedly
filled event, which, especially in the transitions between the parts,
is excellently formed...Anderson commands the space also when he is reciting...
Everything is honest and real, tested and cared for."
"A delicate interaction...intimate and transient...helps one to
"The spell was so complete that after the performance it was difficult
for me to remind myself that I wasn't talking to the author or a circle
of his close friends. The sense of encounter with Büchner's mind
was intense and personal."
"Our summer campers watched and listened raptly. A delightful story
filed with the rhythms and cadences of far away Iraq. Visual balm for
"Choreographically this piece is a gem. It has, overall, a marvelous
serenity and at the same time continuing surprising variations... In this
sensitivity to the flow of life through movement and sound, none of the
poetry was lost. It actually heightened the vision of another landscape
which once glimpsed makes every day happenings turn into works of art.
'Walking the dog' is lyric theatre at its most pure."
"Pointing a way to the future - a new synthesis of three art forms."
"Thoroughly compelling... Captivating... A rich,poetic delivery
with honest audience contact and inner intensity... Fluid and Fluent...
It engages an audience on spiritual levels."
"Your wonderful play brought today's children, who are used to being
overloaded with more and more, the gift of less - of next to nothing!
You brought an entire world to life using the fewest possible material
components. I watched the children watching the play, and I saw that world
being created in their eyes and souls, a world full of music and light.
It was magical, healthy and therapeutic for them and for me. -So thank
you again and long may you... walk! "
"This was a perfect example of a 'simple' message and its deeper
complexity. The message was 'Open the moment'; be alive to the ordinary
and its mysteries, to the interaction of the human spirit with place,
other people, the animal world. Man's relationship with dog, for instance.
Superficially that may sound trite, yet it is anything but... Intensely
committed and performed... Among phrases I took away with me was the poet's
reference to 'bonus moments'; the ordinary instances when we assume we
are waiting for 'real' life to proceed. Waiting for a bus, for example.
The need to realise that such times are also part of our lives, with their
own validity and potential."
"[Walking the dog] entwines the everyday with age-old existential
conundrums... The poem hangs as a coherent whole... Lucid moments that
demonstrate genuine descriptive ability... Inspired reflection..."
"'Walking the dog' is a skillfully performed piece... Rich moments
of quiet beauty, when sound, word and movement unite to sense the essence
behind the everyday event... Unusually satisfying."
"A soulful evening... A magical unity... Simple, sensitive, creative."
"Delicate and consummate skill."
"Filled with grace and passion."
Prepare to quench your soul
The freshness of Walking the dog
is a wonderful secret for discovery. Here a fresh breath of freedom is
A feast for the senses!
Like a look into the future
directing that brought the artistry
of the performers and the experience of the audience into an immediate
meeting in the moment
Walking the dog is a journey that travels those solitary human
moments, moments each person in the audience knows by heart by the time
they are thirty. The performance relives the urgent questions of any individual
pressed to grow and awaken until we face the mystery of our own unfolding
unarmed by brilliant answers
Somehow the simplicity and purity of
this performance shimmers with multidimensional elements: the words and
music, then the silence, the motion and the stillness, the act and the
pause, the human and the being
Bravo to Walking the dog! In a venue
gorged with entertaining junk food, here is served nourishment for body
Thank you Walking the dog Theater for inspiring LIFE and for the
memory of grace, harmony and beauty.
"Where did that dog that used to be here go? I thought about him
once again tonight before I went to bed."