David Walters

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Reviews (48)
The Headlands
Upper W Side
Front Row Center

Score: 95%. "A clever enticing tale told in such a beguiling way that if you like plays that tell a good story, this is for you." Full Review

One Green Bottle
East Village
Front Row Center

Score: 90%. "I urge you to go, broaden your horizons about what is possible, and be part of something worthwhile that you won't easily forget." Full Review

Rules of Desire
Midtown W
Front Row Center

Score: 93%. "If you like strongly dramatic plays, go see this and see where true love lies." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 96%. "The Public Theater's always enlightening Under the Radar Series in its 16th year is now in full swing with 22 offerings and one of its most impressive is 'The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes.'" Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 90% "A two-hour entertainment that reaches out into the audience and wows everyone with a show of depth and variety that will tickle your funny bone, leave you scratching your head utterly flummoxed and amazed. Seriously." Full Review

Wives
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"An evening that will make you think, laugh and possibly learn something." Full Review

Square Go
Midtown E
Front Row Center

"A fast-paced sprint from the opening line to the finish with the only time to reflect being after you’ve left the theatre...’Square Go’ is a great portrayal of what boys everywhere go through in trying to understand what it means to be a man, giving insight to the mixed messages and unwritten law of peers that every boy has to interpret for themselves. It doesn’t go beyond that though...A minor insignificant quibble for a fringe show, but not for a run at an established theater.” Full Review

Long Lost
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“Allow me to steal a remark from a patron sitting next to me that sums up the review part of this review, as he whispered to his companion half-way through the production, ‘Haven't we seen this play a bunch of times already?’...I have to point out and highlight the talents of both Parisse and Wolff. They both lifted each scene, and the actors that were in it with them, and made the watching...at least worthwhile...The play also does not live up to the wonderfully active and versatile set desi... Full Review

Front Row Center

”See this production for several reasons: because it's O'Casey in rep being put on by one of New York's most vibrant off-broadway companies; because it has something to say about what is happening in our society today; because MaryAnn Plunkett's talent will make you feel compassion for someone you thought you despised." Full Review

The White Devil
West Village
Front Row Center

"It’s a courageous endeavor that they are succeeding at and one I recommend you participate in as a theatergoer who relishes the live visceral experience...Though not for everyone...If you like a fast paced twisted plot line of sex, poetry and death all in one night, debauchery, jealousy, murder, spurting blood and infidelity no matter the consequences all played to a heightened tempo and drum beat, then this may be right up your alley." Full Review

Front Row Center

“A pulsing and melodic performance piece...The transformation works well in its current incantation as it is able to soar...and reach into the hearts, minds and ears of the audience and take them on a thought provoking road trip...An entertainment and a thought piece that focuses on whether we are stuck in our histories, or whether we can cast off the constrictive ties and reinvent new and better histories for ourselves in the modern world.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"It's a heartwarming story about doing good in the world and how that good keeps building and creating more good. It's a wonderful part of our human experience that is often overlooked today. But I do have some caveats about recommending this wholeheartedly despite excellent acting and the story of the play. Some scenes in Chisa Hutchinson's script are a flash, more a moment than a full fledged scene...Other scenes are prolonged to the point of tedium." Full Review

Actually, We're F**ked
West Village
Front Row Center

"This is a nice safe play about the strivings and struggles of middle class couples, killer hummingbirds and secrets that will make you laugh, may bring a tear to your eye because of the humanity that we all face and finally, leave you with the notion that love is all we really have to see us through. It’s an easy play that won’t upset or challenge you too deeply, may reinforce your personal prejudices and leave you feeling good as you leave." Full Review

Front Row Center

"It’s hard to write a review when you see the potential, and you see the talent, and you see the possibilities, but what gets presented to you just doesn’t quite gel...There is talent there, although heavily bridled, and occasionally it pops through in fits and starts chomping at the bit to get out." Full Review

Front Row Center

“Ewoldt as Anne, is as Ingenious and chirpy as Peter Pan...but employing the devoted passionate ambition of Harry Potter. She is easily believable and eager for adventure as she struggles to find home...The innocence of this story is a breath of fresh air offering a respite from the dark clouds that daily darken our landscape...The dancers bring a magic quality to the telling of an easy story in a simple time.” Full Review

Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Front Row Center

"The ensemble’s excellent characterizations in this production lift the piece to palatable...What I appreciated about Ms. Rosebrock’s work is that everything is not explained. After the obligatory exposition, there are historical facts and character traits in each person that exist without any explanation of what they mean or why they’re there. She’s not afraid to let her characters exist without apologizing for them." Full Review

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Front Row Center

for a previous production "A wonderful, creative, joyful, fast paced, delight of a show. It’s a romp through the tale, having such fun with itself that it allows the joy of theater and storytelling to spill over the lip of the stage and flow out over the seats of the audience...The scenes shift with a dance-like smoothness that makes the show flow as steady as the Thames...This wonderful piece of theater will give you a fun evening, put smile on your face and a chill up your spine." Full Review

The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Front Row Center

"They’ve made it much clearer and accessible. Do go for the Stoppardian mind and heart journey that only he can deliver...There are miles of ideas in this 100 minute no intermission play...All these ideas revolving around the existence of God...There are layers of psychology, philosophy, science and emotional connection here to thrill the thinking theater goers mind for months of rumination.” Full Review

Hamlet: An Experience
Soho/Tribeca
Front Row Center

"You will be able to get closer to Hamlet than you ever have before; you will come away richer for having been to this one...This telling is an intimate group effort and a journey that is a unique experience made the more unique because of each person there...Emily Carding does a courageous and intimate 50-minute portrayal of the core of the Prince’s story...The play is brought down to the essence of Hamlet’s experience and point of view." Full Review

Natural Shocks
Upper W Side
Front Row Center

"For all my admiration for what the play has done, what it is actually about and the attention that it has brought to this grave subject, this is a very serious and heavy topic that a full production of the play gives short shrift in order to hold on to the element of surprise at the very end. The strong message of the play does not build with any real suspense until the end when the true figurativeness of the tornado approaching is fully revealed." Full Review

Front Row Center

“The play is a straightforward satire on the black hole of death of being too politically correct...The actors all do very credible jobs, the directing is competent...The writing is clear, there are witty moments, funny situations and thought-provoking statements, BUT this is not something for a NY audience compared to what the play has to compete against. This play needs to dance more with the unbelievable.” Full Review

Apologia
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"Stockard Channing. That’s why 'Apologia' is currently running here in the US, having just got off the boat from London’s West End. It’s a vehicle to showcase her talents, to show the world that at 74 (go girl!) she’s very viable as a person, as a woman, as an actress, as an artist, possessing depth, appeal, strength and power. She’s why I signed up to review. I’m glad I did." Full Review

Beep Boop
East Village
Front Row Center

for a previous production "What I loved about the experience spending time with Robert’s creations, was that it touched on many levels of the human experience...This mime is not alone: Partnering with his indomitable foley artist (Nora Kaye), who is as much an integral part of the show as anything else, even the goldfish, this wonderful performance could not have been so beautifully carried out without the creative people supporting the production and contributing their enormous audio and visual talents." Full Review

Front Row Center

"I was so looking forward to the psychological chess game and deep intrigue of this play and wanted to revel in the one-upmanship, the power shifts and the twists and turns of manipulation. I wanted to delve into open marriage and gender disparity, be turned on by, and feel challenged by the torn curtain reveal of male anxieties. I was hoping for a wild ride through a deadly carnival of human emotion...It didn’t happen." Full Review

Endlings
East Village
Front Row Center

Score: 70%. "The word "endling" means the last of its species...I think you understand what I'm alluding to here." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 79%. ""How daunting life can be," but with Javier Muñoz as my guide, it can't be a bad trip." Full Review

The Scourge
Chelsea
Front Row Center

Score: 92% "The brutally honest self-observation, the wit, lilt, and poetry of her language is a draw that brings the audience into the over-stuffed wardrobe of Michelle and her experiences and lets the love that gets buried under the mess of life get exposed." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 88% "The Moulin Rouge is a place where Lautrec felt he belonged. Madame X bar and 'Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec' just might be a place where you belong as well." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 78% "It was a crossroads that ended up being a road not taken that we are suffering from today." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 91% "An irreverent take on 'Three Sisters.' Funny, wonderfully acted and directed, a lively piece. The two-sided stadium seating lends itself to the audience being intimately involved and allows the humor and quirky characters to spin this well-known tale in a newer light." Full Review

Last Man Club
West Village
Front Row Center

“An immersive revisit to a prior end of times...A journey into seeming end-of days as outside forces overwhelm both body and soul...The play is many things all at the same time, but mainly a full meal of a theatrical experience that has a depth that only an ensemble group like Axis can bring to it...The actors and the directing are all spot-on bringing their talents to bear, blending the darkness of life with the only thing that keeps us alive, that spark of hope, whether real or imagined.” Full Review

BLKS
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"It transcends all of those hashtags thanks to the directing and the excellent ensemble cast that combines their talents to lift the play out of sitcom and stereotype and let the audience in past the defensiveness of immaturity...The play is ultimately about something that everyone on this planet strives for, the universal search for love. What it does different is, it puts us in the passenger seat for a great ride in a vehicle that we don’t often get a chance to cruise in to get there." Full Review

Miracle in Rwanda
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“’Miracle in Rwanda’ is not a story about the atrocities, fear, the horrors of bloodlust and revenge. It is a story about unquantifiable, unfathomable forgiveness...Uwamahoro, tells the story through movement, strong characterizations, and an open heart. She is wonderfully priceless...The direction slows the piece down and the unnecessary blackouts hinder the flow of this horrifically beautiful story...But please don’t let that keep you from experiencing ‘Miracle in Rwanda’.” Full Review

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Front Row Center

for a previous production "It’s a light and airy play made out of the building blocks of life, presented with doses of humor poking fun at the ridiculousness of our views of ourselves, our relationships, and our desires. Sometimes schmaltzy, farcical, sometimes a little pushy and redundant, you can’t but help to take what’s happening on stage in front of you and layer it on to your own precious life...The cast works together very well, especially in two-person scenes." Full Review

Front Row Center

“’Juno and the Paycock’ highlights an even stronger O'Casey, a writer ever more sure of his footing and able to align comedy and tragedy, having them walk hand-in-hand next to each other...Plunkett, who plays Juno, not only holds the play together as the character, but as an actress she creates a foundation and a present strength that anchors the production and is a lifeline for the audience through all the tumult. See the production just for her acting if nothing else.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“In this emotionally vibrant and engrossing tale of the power beauty has on society, written by Sampson, Gardiner’s direction brings a vitality to the tale that adds vibrancy and poetry to the actors motions as well as highlighting the story of the play in a poetic but fast paced and direct way. She utilizes the backdrop of a cold set of plastic and metal bringing out the strong colors of the writing to make a good story great.” Full Review

Looking for Leroy
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"Sitting in the audience for 'Looking for Leroy' felt like I was on a bullet train. Looking out the window there was all this amazing scenery flashing by...This is a play chock full of a life examined and lived to the fullest. It is a history lesson in black theater, a portrait of one of this countries great contributors, a realigning of our moral and ethical compasses. What time is it? IT’S 'LOOKING FOR LEROY' TIME!" Full Review

Front Row Center

“’The Shadow of a Gunman’ is a period piece wonderfully revived, not reimagined, that has relevance today as both theater and as human drama. The play takes place in 1920 during the Irish War of Independence...The Irish Repertory Theatre is mounting all three of O’Casey’s Dublin plays...They are a true gift the Irish Rep is giving to us all. As a theatre lover, I urge you to partake of their excellent work and offerings.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“A crazy-funny story of love, lack of love, misguided love and sex in all its messed-up forms...This production, written very very well with great characters and warped situations, feels like it could use more rehearsal as it was very choppy and hesitant in many places exhibiting a car with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. It’s a fine vehicle though that can give a wonderful top down, wind in your hair ride when properly tuned.” Full Review

Beowulf
Soho/Tribeca
Front Row Center

“A funny and riotous romping good time...Pythonesque in their approach, mercurial in their depictions, irreverent in their storytelling, skilled in their craft, delightful in their song, they find continuous fun in the opera-like story and make that fun contagious...Sam has a wonderfully precise mime skill that allows the audience to picture exactly what he is describing...Pete adds a depth of color and sound to the show...and playing a foil for Sam as he lays out the tale of adventure.” Full Review

Wounded
Soho/Tribeca
Front Row Center

“What’s great about ‘Wounded’ is the story behind the headlines of injured warriors returning home, the people who are there to welcome them with open arms and hearts...The bad part, unfortunately, is the execution. This production is one note heavily played over and over again, missing the humanity of our conflicted emotions and desires, the light mixed with the dark that makes up all our tragic lives...’Wounded’ has good bones, but the skin...needs a good caregiver.” Full Review

Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“Knowles has molded and formed a fine piece of theater that shares with its audience not only this moment in time, but a doorway into the lives of the people who inhabited it. Delivered staccato, but melding together into musicality, the wonderfully crafted dialogue of the play reflects friendships of people knowing each other for a long period of time and riffing off of that familiarity in shared experience...A compelling story...sure not to leave you untouched.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"The thoughts and observations falling out of his mind are not linear and dance from avoidance, to gallows humor, to deep profundity that will leave you searching those parallels in your own life. There is a deep poetry in Eno’s words (me being a fan of Bukowski), a poetry of reflection, judgement and the bitter irony of what befalls us as we grumble, stumble and tumble through our lives." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Freaky, weird, macabre, lurid, grisly, morbid, ghoulish and ghostly. What a tale they tell!...If 'puppets' is a scary word to you, it’s not a puppet show, don’t be afraid of that. Be afraid of the story they have to share with you. Be very afraid...The threads are all interwoven with lights and shadow, music, song, sound effects and superb storytelling. You will come out of the theater wide awake and worrying about your next night’s sleep." Full Review

Front Row Center

“A creative, fun and audience-involved event that satisfies all of the senses...I could see that the multi-generational attendees were truly captivated, as was I, by the adventure, joined in the experience and became completely involved with the creativity of both the show, the drinks and the food. The fun of the evening, sprinkled with delightful music was accompanied by creative dances...Everyone left happy in mind, body and spirit." Full Review

Final Follies
West Village
Front Row Center

“‘Final Follies’ felt like a draft of a great one-act to be and starts us off with ringing the clear-toned familiar Gurney bell of the demise of the WASP culture...The ambiguity of action in ‘The Rape of Bunny Stuntz’ leaves room for the audience to add their own lives to an interpretation, and the title refers to a life lived, as much as to an act committed...’The Love Course’, is a hilarious romp through the western literature of tragic love...An enjoyable evening." Full Review

Hurricane Party
West Village
Front Row Center

"It’ll be more entertaining to go in as clueless as possible, only being informed by the title, and let Thigpen’s skilled playwright’s craft reveal everything to you on its own terms. The dialogue is rich with colloquialisms, dense with humanity and full of deep humor and pathos expertly slung about by a well-connected, marvelously talented ensemble. The direction by Maria Dizzia is spot on, effectively utilizing and theatrically transforming the scenes." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Go for the fluid acting in some of the pieces. Go for the depth of writing that you’ll hear from good playwrights. Go to challenge your own morality. Playwrights, us out here are interested in what these 'Summer Shorts' have to say." Full Review