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"Heartfelt...a moving revelation"

~ The New York Times


"Rhodes is a very skilled and versatile actor, with considerable imagination, and together with his director Charles Loffredo, has created an absorbing piece of theatre that will give pleasure to audiences at the New End and wherever he takes it next."
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~ The New Camden Journal


"Spend ninety minutes in the charming company of David Rhodes, invest in the power of words, and allow your own secret heart a little dance of liberation."
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~ The British Theatre Guide


"Secrets can be deadly, according to actor/playwright David Rhodes. During this intense and bold one-man show he confronts us with a motley cast of characters, whom he portrays one by one, transforming himself on stage with chameleon-like ease."
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~ WhatsOnStage.com


"Extremely impressive...could have kept me listening all evening."
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~ Time Out London


"Rhodes, bright-eyed and agile, is an engaging performer."
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~ The Times


"A brave and thrilling performance that is as theatrical as it is frank and honest."
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~ All About Jewish Theatre


"David Rhodes inhabits each of these characters thoroughly, proving himself a versatile, capable performer."
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~ The Stage


"He's got more energy than a Duracell bunny...Rhodes slips from male to female, youthful to aged with ease."
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~ QX Magazine


"A magnetic and exciting work of theatre...gutsy and enormously affecting."
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~ NYTheatre.com




AUDIENCE MEMBER REVIEWS

"There is an aching honesty about his performance and be it his brilliant performing skills or that he has developed each storyline from his own life's experiences, you just believe the characters' stories."


"I could barely listen to some parts of it, because they really tore at my heart-strings - and with the amount of theatre that I see, I've become a little numb to that sort of thing, so that was quite something!"

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MORE PRAISE FOR RITES

"In his one man show, David Rhodes sings, dances and portrays five characters, each with a secret to tell. Ranging from a genteel Southern widow to a New Hampshire fisherman to an elderly refuge from Nazi Germany, they allow for an array of joyfully employed dialects, outfits and wigs which Rhodes sheds between scenes in order to tell stories from his own life...warmly delivered..."

~ The New Yorker



"Whether he's a fading Southern belle, a Holocaust survivor, a gay Belgian club kid or merely himself, (Rhodes is) nothing short of entrancing. The stories are funny, touching and occasionally shocking."

~ HX Magazine



… during "Rites of Privacy," performer-writer David Rhodes seems genuinely in control... Clarinda Delaboise, Rhodes' towering Georgian lady, harbors a nasty secret about her husband's death. The eventual revelation isn't vile or mean-spirited -- it's just sad, and it illuminates this armor-plated character, holding up to the light the things that can embarrass her enough to penetrate her defenses. Rhodes seems to know that Clarinda is both grand and a little silly, and to love her excesses. …there's a character known only by his personal ad handle, boi4u2use... He's an immigrant from Belgium…who finds the love of his life in the New York club scene…the eventual tragedy that befalls the young man and his boyfriend is genuinely touching."

~ Variety



"...a transcendent moment early on in Rites of Privacy, when one of the characters mimes playing the harp while singing Noel Coward's syrupy anthem "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." Fingers twirling, voice aquiver with tremolo, caricature is transcended to reveal an inner essence with a ridiculous force, something artists like Charles Ludlam knew to be a pathway into pathos."

~ Backstage



 
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