Reviews for 'Mr. Joy'
"The hands-down best thing about Mr. Joy is seeing actor Matthew Webb embody each of the play’s characters with tremendous focus, care, and zeal. With an assist from director Billicia Charnelle Hines’ guiding hand, Webb uses minimal costume changes and props – a notebook, a blazer and briefcase, a pair of red pumps, etc. – and efficient physical cues, like posture and gait, in addition to vocal inflection, to delineate the transitions between characters, and the effect is powerful."
- Jenn McKee, PULP
"Mr. Webb transitions from character to character to character on a dime, doing a splendid job of separating them in voice, demeanor and delivery. That one actor plays them all is to the show’s advantage."
- David Kiley, Encore Michigan
IT'S ALL THEATRE
"Beaty combines an intricately structured one-man script with stories about life on the streets that could have been lifted from the newspapers of any big city in the country. There are nine characters in the play, all played by Matthew Webb, and “Mr. Joy” is as much about his terrific one-man performance as it is about the social issues and character studies the play contains. Webb plays a variety of characters, young and old, male and female, black and white. With alterations to his voice and changes in his body posture, (not to mention the occasional switching of pairs of shoes), Webb is able to clearly delineate a variety of differing characters."
- Dan Skora, itsalltheatre.org