A Walk in the Woods

by Lee Blessing

Brit Herring and Steve LaRocque, photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

QTC Archives: 2012-2013 Season

March 15 – April 14, 2013

Two arms negotiators, a Russian and an American, meet informally after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table in Geneva. As their talks continue, it is clear that despite their deepening understanding, these two wise and decent men face profound frustration in dealing with the mistrust of both governments. Nearly a quarter of a century after the play was written, it is clear that the theme is timeless.

Director – Gillian Drake

Brit Herring and Steve LaRocque, photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

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 – Read the Review

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, The City Paper – Read the Review

…LaRocque gets his character; he is at every moment able to 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 – Read the Review

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 – Read the Review

It’s these two actors that make the play. They have built up such unique personalities and a strong relationship, you keep watching, even through the Cold War maneuvering.   (Director Gillian Drake) keeps the pace of the play up but exploits every personal moment between the characters.

Jessica Vaughn, DC Metro Theater Arts – Read the Review

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 – Read the Review

…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 – Read the Review

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, BroadwayWorld.com – Read the Review

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