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Eddie and Dave

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy

About the show

Atlantic presents this raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ. More…

"Eddie and Dave" is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats ("Miles for Mary," Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius, and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.

Member Reviews (54)


Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You loved Van Halen & are curious about the group’s history & various comebacks, How bands break up &!whatever happened to David Lee Roth?

Don't see it if You don’t like cross gender casting, not a fan of rock history or music, don’t care about Van Halen or Roth, don’t like absurd comedy

Also One of the more enjoyable theatrical experiences I have had in quite a... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Detailed drag parody (satirical gender role-reversal) of rift between VH bros., and peacock Diamond Dave. Injection of drag Val Bertinelli.

Don't see it if MTV generation demographic-specific.Quiet stadium rock bio. Only samples of 3 songs.Need to ably identify a VJ. Unwanted tufts of body hair.

Also Playwright doubles as lead Van Halen brother.

Fun, Theatrical, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like fun, theatrical, weird, stylized comedies that remind you how playful theater can be.

Don't see it if you're looking for some realism. You won't find it here. (That doesn't mean you won't find honest performances!)

Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, High spoof factor, Campy

See it if you're looking for light fare with a sense of humor & enjoy watching actors having a great time; Omer Abbas Salem is particularly good.

Don't see it if you want something meaty and/or serious; the play is light and fun but the novelty wears thin after about 1/2 hour; music comes in snippets.

Well executed

See it if You want to see a playwright take a chance and hit a homerun!

Don't see it if You are going to try to analyze this with a magnifying glass because you want to see a serious or accurate portrayal of Van Halen’s career

Also There are some negative reviews on show score for this show that make ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Nostalgic, Funny, Quirky

See it if you're nostalgic for 1980s MTV culture, were a Van Halen or David Lee Roth fan, or enjoy weird quirky shows.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky plays which switch the gender roles of characters, have no interest in pop culture of 1980s, or want a serious play

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if Over-the-top humorous take on the rock band Van Halen told through a MTV VJ narrator with gender role reversal, outrageous costumes & hair

Don't see it if you want something serious, want Van Halen's music (only a few snippets) & don't want something that can seem like an extended skit

Also Male band members are played by women (including Megan Hill as an over... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you're up for an evening of some silly, over-the-top entertainment. The cast displays enthusiasm and the end result is enjoyable.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious. Although one does gain some insight in the long-lasting Eddie van Halen/David Lee Roth rift.

Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy quirky but well-written and directed plays. Funny yet with some heart.

Don't see it if Wish for more traditional theater. Quirky may not be for everyone.

Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if I thought it was just great fun. The gender switch of having the band members played by females worked well. It was also educational.

Don't see it if If you never loved Rock music

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You enjoy a unique story about the pop scene performed by an all female cast. Very cleverly performed and unexpectedly interesting & clever.

Don't see it if You don't care anything about Eddie Van Halen & David Lee Roth's shenanigans or don't know about their talents and music.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Linear bioplay

See it if You’ve followed Van Halen over the years and would enjoy talented actresses acting out the highlights, with some recorded music & no singing

Don't see it if You haven’t followed the band’s antics. I would have preferred a mash-up of acting, videos, lip synching, to break up the story

Campy, Funny, Quirky, Interesting, Cute

See it if You like Van Halen and want to know more about the band and its members. You appreciate women playing male roles and vice versa.

Don't see it if You prefer less campy plays with better acting and more thought provoking.

Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if you want to be entertained by a story of old rockers - Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The gender switch is brilliant.

Don't see it if you cannot abide plays where women play men and men play women. Also, if you are sensitive to loud music.

Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if for some silly fun. Will get to know these rockers even if you don't know anything about them. Energetic and extravagant.

Don't see it if you can't surrender to silly. Or can't stand rock. Or can't take gender reversal acting.

Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Still want your MTV? A fun look at Van Halen, the success, failures, personal "highs" and lows made all the better by the gender switching.

Don't see it if You expect a story about rockers to be a musical.

Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see an unusual look at a famous rock group. Two women and a man exchange gender roles.

Don't see it if You don’t care about Van Halen.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You want to have a fun evening. I had no idea that this play was about, but I learned a lot about Van Halen, and laughed a lot.

Don't see it if You don’t like gender bending roles. The male roles are played by women and Valerie Bertinelli is played by a man.

Also Here’s what I knew about Van Halen before this show-Eddie was married ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you yearn for the 80s, want to see something different, or need a few good laughs caused by a new kind of camping it up

Don't see it if you don't have a fondness for any kind of Rock, need your characters played straight, or can't find humor in life.

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You love rock music & wink at attendant, life craziness that's a part of music icons. Super to see the talented women play these guys!

Don't see it if You hate rock music, and any plays that featured cross-gender portrayals. You truly enjoy established musical theater.

Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you love 80's rock and Van Halen story in the form of a comedy skit with gender reversals. Fun elements and jokes.

Don't see it if you aren't into a comedy skit as it might not be for you. Similar to Wayne's World vibe but biography of the band.


See it if liked the concept of women playing the roles.

Don't see it if if you don't know the story would be a little confusing. also I thought there would be more music

Clever, Confusing

See it if if you like this music, and great performances plus unusual staging

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of in fighting within rock groups

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you have a great sense of humor and nostalgia for MTV.

Don't see it if you are easily confused or absolutely hate Van Halen.

Also I didn't know what to expect from the title. I was never a big Van Hal... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if i enjoyed the opposite sex portrayal. i din not know the story, kept my interest

Don't see it if the opposite sex portrayal.

January 22nd, 2019
“Larky if bloated sketch of a bio-comedy...Based on the original guitarist and lead singer of the chart-topping band Van Halen...The female cast members...appear to be having a high old time finding the testosterone within their characters’ teased hair...Initially, this is pretty funny...Ultimate...
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January 22nd, 2019
“Staats’s unabashedly goofy rock bioplay...Affection for music and the ridiculous past are the columns on which Staats has built her comedy...The music hews perilously close to Van Halen’s classic bangers...The attempts to take something that feels bootleg and turn it into something...leave the p...
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January 22nd, 2019
"Staats has written a sincere but simple love letter, a cheerful act of fan fiction that bubbles along enjoyably enough without ever really becoming more than the sum of its parts...The that the boys...are all embodied by women...At times it’s great fun to watch the women...At other ti...
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January 22nd, 2019
“Staats invites her audience into a snow globe filled with glitter and cocaine to recount the heroic journey of the band Van Halen, resulting in 100 minutes that are indeed as magical as they are ridiculous...She straddles the line between Bertolt Brecht and Tennessee Williams, imparting wisdom w...
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