A Walk in the Woods
Aug 18, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011
Nick Bowling + Director
* Member of Actors Equity Association
# Member of United Scenic Artists
~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
+ TimeLine Company Member
^ TimeLine Associate Artist
§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective
August 23, 2011
Classy and stimulating … Actress Janet Ulrich Brooks, one of the most formidable weapons in the TimeLine arsenal, shares the stage with David Parkes … These two actors are both honest, skillful players, and their dance of negotiation is certainly entertaining. Brooks, in particular, finds all kinds of shading, and there is not a false or artificial note in Parkes’ performance.
August 26, 2011
TimeLine’s production has two very compelling reasons to recommend it. Brooks and Parkes — both of whom have appeared lately in supporting roles — deliver credible, expertly nuanced performances. … TimeLine’s “Walk” serves as a fine showcase for the talents of two of its most accomplished ensemble members.
Recommended … it’s not so much the actual details of the negotiations that matter as much as the desire for two human parties to connect and see a common ground. This philosophical dance is handled delicately and pointedly by TimeLine’s production …
—Neal Ryan Shaw
August 25, 2011
It’s a period piece. But director Nick Bowling has done a lot of ingenious things to keep the dust off, the most ingenious of them being to reimagine Botvinnik (originally a male character) as a woman and then to get Janet Ulrich Brooks to play her. … [she] is just plain brilliant. … [The play] still stands up as a portrait of two people trying to negotiate meaning under circumstances where it’s in awfully short supply and getting scarcer by the minute.
August 23, 2011
… with Blessing’s blessing, [Nick] Bowling’s production casts the Soviet negotiator as a woman; given Brooks’s masterful performance, it’s hard to imagine it any other way. … Both performances are skillful and nuanced …
August 24, 2011
This smartly written and deftly performed work is filled with humorous dialogue and deeply psychological character traits that engrosses us from the start by the intelligent and nuanced performances by the two top talents.