"On Saturday night, I witnessed one of the rare gifts that theatre bestows upon us from time to time—a powerful and passionately produced piece, raising important questions about the world we live in today. That piece is GOLIATH, produced by Poetic Theater Productions."
“Alex Mallory’s direction is deft. Each actor is a character in David’s life, but also a member of a sort of Greek chorus commenting on the world that surrounds him and his choices. Her staging allows the actors to slip seamlessly among these roles and it unobtrusively supports and defines the poetry that it is rooted in. She creates evocative movement that often suggests the realism of war photojournalism in a couple of moments, and then the youthful tableau of a house party with an ease and grace that orients the audience to the map of this quick moving piece. There is a polish to the choices and a meaning to her arrangement of the actors upon the stage that slowly reveals itself as the action proceeds."
“As beautifully rendered by Rivera, Mallory, and an excellent cast, there is nothing here that is anything less than fresh, honestly emotional, heartbreaking, and true. Rivera and Mallory use scenes and monologues, choral testimony and hard-hitting visuals to find new ways to say something simple but profound: war is a perversion of humanity.”
Theatre is Easy
"An inventive and important work of poetic theatre that's smartly contrived and incredibly affecting."
"This talented cast finds the emotional strife in their stories without needing to comment on their circumstances. This is largely due to Alex Mallory's smart direction."
"Mallory's visceral staging is almost more choreography than direction, and the lines are often spoken by more than one cast member and delivered in a style that lets the ensemble breathe as one being despite seven individual perspectives."
"The use of language and chorus is amazing and speaks volumes both about Rivera's writing and director Alex Mallory's excellent feel for the material. The use of poetic language and chorus and repetition in the dialogue brings a sense of heightened drama to the play. It's a very nice touch and one that Mallory exploits to great effect."
"I highly recommend the American Veteran Affairs Department to consider producing GOLIATH within rehabilitation centers throughout the nation."