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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
Avg Score

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

Mildly amusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Increasingly dull

See it if enjoy a mildly amusing play with some good moments that unfortunately gets a little bland. Some interesting ideas but over stretched.

Don't see it if you expect to hear Van Halen songs. Oddly not much music for a play about a band (though I suspect rights or lack thereof were the cause),

Fluffy, Silly, Good lighting design and projection

See it if You are a fan of Van Halen or you want to watch three women campily play male roles.

Don't see it if You are looking for something thought-provoking or something very funny.

Also I'm surprised Atlantic Theatre produced this. It's a very silly, fluff... Read more Read less

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You have very poor taste in interesting theatre.

Don't see it if You are hoping to see a well written play, great staging, or an interesting premise.

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

Insipid, Indulgent

See it if Perhaps if you like rock and roll music and are interested in the backstory of the Van Hulan band.

Don't see it if If you have an aversion to loud music and a muddy plot line or are over 50 years old.

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you are intrigued​ by role-reversals.

Don't see it if You are against actors playing opposite genders.

Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You're a Van Halen fan or just enjoy rock n' roll antics. You enjoy gender-bending castings.

Don't see it if You're out of touch with pop culture, don't enjoy rock n' roll references, would rather just see "My Fair Lady."

During previews
Fun, Fast paced, Funny, Off off production

See it if whether you are a Van Halen fas is not important. This is funny. Being based on a real story only makes it more compelling.

Don't see it if you like serious theater. This is spoofy and light-hearted.

Also Nice production for off off.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Fast paced, Informative, Campy

See it if You enjoy true stories told through a fun&campy lens. Cast is great. Learned about Van Halen, laughed a lot & was entertained the whole time

Don't see it if If you take theater too seriously. Even if you aren't a big Van Halen fan this is a fun show. I didn't know much of their story before.

During previews
Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious, Dated, Edgy

See it if Staats' love letter to MTV music video era via Van Halen/David Lee Roth saga Funny & Inventive in a devised way Gender reversals a highlight

Don't see it if Material's 1980 motifs dated even w/familiarity; a bit confusing without it But Aspillaga's snarky MTV MJ narrator a helpful guide Big Hair!

During previews
Pedestrian, Intermittently funny, Thin, Charmless

See it if you’re an aging heavy metalhead nursing a desire to live your glory years over, with girls playing the guys this time, & vice versa.

Don't see it if you are almost anyone else.

Also Playwright, director & creative team have all done exciting, vital wor... Read more Read less

During previews
If you're really into van halen, david lee roth & the mtv scene, you can get into this show; if, like me, you're not, skip it!

See it if u want to go behind the scenes 4 these rock stars; enthusiastic performances; amusing having roles played by actors of opposite sex

Don't see it if dull; only playing snippets from hits, fails to demonstrate why group was so popular; devoid of irony, humor esp re narcissistic Roth

Also There are two basic ways to make a successful show about a rock and ro... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Quirky, A must for van halen fans

See it if you are a VanHalen fan & aware of their rise and history. I was lucky enough to be educated by my seat mate who flew in to see from Detroit

Don't see it if you have no idea of who these characters are or their history. While an interesting play, hardly relevant to non fans.

During previews
Exuberant rock band bio of.van.halen

See it if Loved it even though I'm no Van Halen fan. Eddie is well played by author Amy Staats. Alex & David Lee Roth also played by women. It works!

Don't see it if Loads of fun. A must-see for Van Halen fans. Valerie B is played by a man -- a hoot! A clever look at the personal side of rock stardom.

During previews
Loud, Dopey, Extremely funny

See it if Even if you would not expect to like the story of a rock band. You will be entertained against your will.

Don't see it if You recognize you have no sense of humor, don't like music, particularly disdain loud hard rock, and have no interest learning otherwise.

Also I usually try to know as little as possible about the shows I see, to ... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like Van Halen, if you're into gender bendery things, if you like broooaaad comedy

Don't see it if you're expecting a jukebox musical or something like that, this is a play, if you can't be entertained by the occasional eye roll

During previews
Clever, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You are a Van Halen fan able to laugh at their absurd status as rock icons.

Don't see it if You worship at the altar of David Lee Roth. It’s likely to offend you.

Also The whole premise is wacky and Ms. Aspillaga and Mr. Salem elevate thi... Read more Read less

During previews
Side-splittingly funny, ambitious, top-notch lighting, sets, costumes, writing

See it if You care even a little about Van Halen, grew up watching MTV in the 1980s, and want to see talented actors with extensive Bway/OB credits.

Don't see it if You are so rabid fan that you can't laugh about your idols, object to women playing men, hate rock, and lived under a rock in the 70s/80s.

Also I love this show and want to see it again. When I posted on Facebook, ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You like rock and roll biopics; a funny and entertaining look at Van Halen

Don't see it if you have no interest in rock and roll

During previews
Fluffy, Clever, Quirky

See it if you want to get behind the scenes for these rock icons, it's amusing having roles played by actors of opposite sex

Don't see it if you have no idea of who these rock stars are, it's interesting, but not really relevant to most people

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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