"There’s little middle ground in 'Captive Audience,' a collection of short works by David Ives: Each play here either sinks onstage or is wonderful to watch. Though, to the credit of the cast, even the pieces that wane don’t lack for trying...In the best pieces, the combined languages create a kind of poetry, while the synchronized movements fashion a kind of ballet. Other plays, however, just aren’t suited to the process."
"New York Deaf Theatre offers a smart bilingual presentation that is also a lot of fun. David Ives and New York Deaf Theatre make sense as a match. His writing is very much about language and its shows incorporate two of them—spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL)...How would that work within the wordplay and pun-heavy world of Ives? Very well, actually, thanks to some smart choices from director Garrett Zuercher."