Total Novice

solo performance · jadelake productions · Ages 18+ · United States

one person show world premiere
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JEFFREY AUERBACH certified reviewer June 09, 2014
This is an outstanding show! For 75 enthralling, funny, and at times poignant minutes, David Rodwin tells the story of an amazing night he had about a decade ago. It is in the finest tradition of Spaulding Grey, with whom David apprenticed, but so much better. David is charismatic and engaging, and a very accomplished actor, delivering his lines in an impressive variety of different styles and modes. The lighting, staging, and minimal props all enhanced the show. Highly recommended!... full review
C EMERY certified reviewer June 26, 2014
I attended opening night and thought David's performance was extraordinary. He masterfully blends the humor and pain of his riveting true story, never flinching in laying bare his vulnerabilities. Viewers leave the show thoroughly entertained and reflecting on human connections. I highly recommend Total Novice.... full review
DENNIS DANZIGER certified reviewer June 14, 2014
David Rodwin tells a spellbinding story and the evening is directed with intelligence and subtlety by Adriana Colon who gracefully moves this one-person show from one terrifying moment to another. See it. ... full review
ASHLEY ATWOOD certified reviewer June 28, 2014
I am always unsure what to expect of one man shows, this one was one of the great ones! I loved the roller-coaster of a story, and David's genuine heart letting us in on an intimate relationship. The direction and lighting was fantastic bringing us into the story with a minimal set, and again, David's attention to detail during the story was spot on. Loved it!... full review
BORIS KIEVSKY certified reviewer June 15, 2014
An incredible story told beautifully and without artifice. David took us on a journey through sex, drugs and Hollywood dreams that was worthy of Hemingway with the skill of Spalding Gray. Using only a few props to set the scene, the monolog conjured images of multiple characters and locations so clearly in my mind that I was transported, invested and moved. That it was all based on (his own) true story made it all the more remarkable. Kudos and thank you!... full review
CHRIS BOAL certified reviewer June 28, 2014
Truly a satisfying experience. Rodwin spins a continually engaging tale that is equal parts funny, sad, erotic and chilling, and even manages to throw in a beautifully executed rendition of "Pennies from Heaven". Craftily written and expertly performed, and worthy of the standing ovation he received at the end. ... full review
AMIT SAMUEL certified reviewer June 28, 2014
David Rodwin is an incredible talent. He weaves a mesmerizing, modern love story about a young lady that he casually encounters at a gas station. The story wends past cracks and pipes, tubs and shotguns. This is a personal story that has universal implications about our basic need for human connection.... full review
S C certified reviewer June 16, 2014
This is a fantastic show and I highly recommend it!!... full review
JOHANNA WATTS certified reviewer June 28, 2014
David Rodwin draws us into a hilarious and terrible world with Total Novice. It's a moving one man show with lots of laughs and many tender, moving moments. Total Novice is a wild and hilarious ride I would recommend to anyone!... full review
JOSH MANN certified reviewer June 28, 2014
The show was very engaging, thought provoking, and original. I was entertained and uplifted. It really was outstanding all around. Highly recommended. And I'm a tough critic! ... full review