Critics recommend “A Walk in the Woods”! Plus: another post-show discussion | Quotidian Theatre Company

The reviews are in, and the critics recommend A Walk in the Woods!

Smart, funny and intermittently profound. Steve LaRocque gives a wily, winning performance as veteran Soviet diplomat Andrey Botvinnik. As Honeyman, Brit Herring provides an impatient, fastidious, buttoned-down foil for LaRocque. A Walk in the Woods does really well in intimate venues… and it’s working now for Quotidian.”
(Jane Horwitz, The Washington Post)

“The playwright Lee Blessing is one of the masters of resonant realism, and his Cold War drama A Walk in the Woods is a compact lesson in restrained storytelling.  It’s an affecting play, effectively staged.”
(Trey Graham, Washington City Paper)

Brit Herring and Steve LaRocque in A Walk in the Woods. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.
Brit Herring and Steve LaRocque in A Walk in the Woods. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

“Under the brisk direction of Gillian Drake, this two-hander proves to be just as relevant as when it was staged thirty years ago. Anchoring this production is an award-worthy performance by Brit Herring as John Honeyman, the bright and energetic American who has just arrived in Geneva. As Botvinnik, Quotidian veteran Steve LaRocque demonstrates the virtue of playing Russian characters discreetly.”
(Andy White, Broadway World)

“LaRocque gets his character; he is at every moment able t show the Russian’s charm, amiability, cleverness – and loneliness. Botvinnik is a man of great dignity, but his heart is naked, and LaRocque shows it clearly. Be forewarned: the play has a great deal of talk in it. But it’s good talk, and you would be well advised to listen to it.”
(Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene)

Brit Herring in A Walk in the Woods. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.
Brit Herring in A Walk in the Woods. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

“Quotidian Theatre does certain things very well. One of them is capturing the sense of a historical place or period, as they have captured a specific place in their current play. In addition to being an opportunity for some intriguing political banter, A Walk in the Woods is also an excellent character study.”
(Barbara Mackay, Washington Examiner)

It’s these two actors that make the play. They have built up such unique personalities and a strong relationship. Director Gillian Drake keeps the pace of the play up but exploits every personal moment between the characters.”
(Jessica Vaughan, DC Metro Theater Arts)

“The idea that our prejudices usually melt when we recognize what we have in common with others we have long considered to be different is by no means a new area of exploration in art. But Blessing’s sharp writing still manages to keep the mind engaged (as do two fine performances by Herring and LaRocque).”
(Alexis Victoria Hauk, DCist)

Steve LaRocque in A Walk in the Woods. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.
Steve LaRocque in A Walk in the Woods. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

“The two men play off of each other like a well seasoned acting team should. Definitely worth your time and money.”
(Elliot Lanes, MD Theatre Guide)

April 13 Talkback:
Mohammad Khalid from Physicians for Social Responsibility will lead a free post-show discussion about nuclear arms after the 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 13.

Order tickets online: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/342416

Order tickets by phone: 1-800-838-3006 ext. 1 (ask for Quotidian Theatre Company)

You can also purchase tickets by cash or check at the door. Subscribers, email quotidiantheatre@comcast.net for reservations.

A Walk in the Woods w textQuotidian Theatre Company presents
A Walk in the Woods
by Lee Blessing

March 15 – April 14, 2013
Featuring Brit Herring and Steve LaRocque
Directed by Gillian Drake

Two wise and decent men try to overcome their governments’ political posturing.

Performance times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, with one additional 2pm show on April 13.

Tickets are $30, or $25 for students or seniors, and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 1-800-838-3006 ext 1 (ask for Quotidian Theatre Company). Tickets are $15 for groups of 10 or more people (email quotidiantheatre@comcast.net for reservations).

Performances are held at The Writer’s Center: 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815. There is ample parking across the street (free on Saturdays and Sundays), and the theatre is just five blocks from the Bethesda Metro Station on the red line.

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For further information, please contact us at quotidiantheatre@comcast.net or by phone at 301-816-1023.

Quotidian Theatre Company’s mission is to find truth and beauty in the everyday, presenting plays in an understated, impressionistic style, relying on piercingly truthful acting and no-frills storytelling. By providing realistic situations and dialogue, Quotidian lets audiences witness events as if over a backyard fence or through an open window, thus illuminating the depth and dignity of ordinary human experience.

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