The Russians are Coming?
by Kelly Aliano, OffOffOnline (published February 2, 2010)
Slaff is truly brilliant....Duet for Solo Voice
is a clever and original piece of theater. Slaff gives a tour-de-force
performance that is worthy of commendation.
Schizo Slaff revives ‘crazy,
JERRY TALLMER, THE VILLAGER, JANUARY 20 - 26, 2010
There are two Jonathan Slaffs. One is Jonathan Slaff
the busy Off-Broadway press agent. The other is Jonathan Slaff
the actor. Both are very nice hard-working guys who look and enthusiastically
think about twenty years younger than they are — or he is.
And in “Duet for Solo Voice” — a crazy, bitter comedy
opening January 28 at Crystal Field's Theater for the New City,
First Avenue and 10th Street, actor Slaff plays two people at
once, or virtually at once — an insanely split personality.
A Zany Voyage Down the
River of Paranoia
by Richmond Shepard, Performing Arts Insider, Seven Lively Arts
(published February 5, 2010)
There is quite a bit of humor in this display of
paranoia, all well directed and staged by Stanley Allan Sherman.
It's a zany voyage down the river of paranoia--short psychotic
episodes in which the actor, Jonathan Slaff, splits into two exaggerated
characters--an American clerk and a Russian spy. Back then the
Soviets were mockable, and we get double paranoia as Slaff, in
a vigorous performance, pursues himself, quickly changing costume
and nose. He is excellent in both roles...
Just Me and My (Murderous
Soviet Agent) Shadow
Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, published February 8, 2010
"Duet for Solo Voice" presents Pelican’s
paranoia as desperately humorous. And at a time when one-actor
shows have largely come to mean stand-up memoirs, it’s a
relief to find one-character plays--behavioral studies with plot,
motivation and monologues, the brick and mortar of theater--still
being staged....It aspires to the farcical heights of "Diary
of a Madman."....Jonathan Slaff uses an appealing fervor
and franticness to wring what comedy he can find out of the work.
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"In '69 or '70, it would have been a comi-tragedy.
In 2010, it's a cartoon farce. I loved it! Bravo." --Mindy
Theater and Travel Radio Show" hosted by Ira Kleinman
This performance is the subject of a segment on "The
Restaurant, Theater and Travel Radio Show," hosted by Ira Kleinman,
which aired June 26, 2009 on WVNJ-1160 AM. The station serves the
Northern Tier suburbs of NYC--Bergen, Rockland, Westchester, Fairfield
and Long Island.
Also appearing on the program will be Bill Irwin (presently
appearing in "Waiting for Godot") and Condola Richard
(presently appearing in "Ruined").
The download time is about one minute on cable/fast
DSL and 2-3 minutes on standard DSL.