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THE MATERIAL WORLD:


Time Out New York: "The Material World is the best downtown musical I have seen in years." Full Article » /// "Slacker anxiety, diva entitlement, Kabbalistic mysticism and socialist dogma collided to mind-swelling effect in Dan Fishback’s Kushnerian folk-pop musical." TOP TEN PLAYS OF 2012 »


Village Voice: "In a better, smarter world, perhaps, thoughtful musicals like this one would be on Broadway instead of Spider-Man." Full Article »


Culturebot: "The best new musical I have seen come from downtown in a decade, maybe longer." Full Article »


IndieWire: "The Material World is unmissable." Full Article »


Beyond The Pale: Marissa Brostoff interviews Dan on this progressive Jewish radio show. Interview Part 1, Interview Part 2 »


The Forward: "Though Fishback cautions that the play isn’t strictly autobiographical, The Material World draws inspiration from his family’s socialist roots..." Full Article »


THIRTYNOTHING:


The New Yorker: "Dan Fishback seems so much like a nerdy close friend... that audience members, whom Fishback occasionally engages in conversation, have to restrain themselves from responding." Full Article »


Backstage: "How can we cope with the reality of the AIDS epidemic, 30 years later? Fishback doesn't offer easy answers, but "thirtynothing" succeeds in bringing its lesser-known champions back in the spotlight and exploring their impact on the modern New York culture. More importantly, it dares us to see ourselves in those gay icons, and to hope that we would have their courage." Full Article »


Flavorpill: "The show is essential as a memorial, ensuring the younger gay community learns its own history and the bold legacy of those they never knew." Full Article »


Gayletter: "Since I moved to NYC, I can't tell you how many times I've heard about the Dan Fishback 'experience,' and now, having experienced it first hand, it's sort of like the Beyonce experience. Except, with Dan, neuroses replace the wigs, glitz and glamour." Full Article »


The Village Voice: "Historical memory continues to be a theme in Fishback's work..." Full Article »


Paper Magazine: "a smart, funny and irreverent solo performer" Full Article »


Incirculation: "Fishback adroitly conveys the creativity of youth, the melodrama and pretensions of adolescence, and the sense of community that one approaches or seeks in maturity." Full Article »


Next Magazine: "As I developed this show, I was confronted with this challenge: How do I articulate my personal experience of absence? How does the absence of these men function as a presence in my life?" Full Article »


Keep The Lights On Blog: "One of the most talented young writers and performance artists in New York." Full Article »


Beyond The Pale (WBAI): "The stuff of future psychological complexes? Indeed." Full Video »


The Village Voice: “For the first time, I not only understand ‘gay pride,’ I actually have it.” Full Article »


The New York Examiner: "'thirtynothing' is smart, honest, and heartfelt. Dan Fishback is also those things, and, it should be noted, funny. Effortlessly, unceasingly funny." Full Article »


YOU WILL EXPERIENCE SILENCE:


The Village Voice: "Fishback has a Kushnerian sense for the complexities of historical memory, and while You Will Experience Silence might not be as panoramic as Angels in America, it’s sassier and more fun....The play’s two halves add up to a forceful, often hilarious reflection on the politics of American occupation." Full Article »


The New York Blade: "Seeing this very downtown work in the midst of Broadway’s pre-Tony crush was like a splash of cold water in the face. 'Silence' is so much smarter, wittier and sexier than, say, God of Carnage." Full Article »


Next Magazine: "Witness the elvin genius of Dan Fishback..." Full Article »


Popnography/Out Magazine: "OMG, you didn't know there were twinks in the land of the ancient, Greek Empire-occupied Israelites? Well, there are at least two in Dan Fishback's funny, poignant and really smart play..." Full Article »


Backstage: "Consistently sharp, funny and endearingly off-kilter." Full Article »


Time Out New York Blog: "We were psyched last night to be invited to a rehearsal of You Will Experience Silence — the latest super-smart and funny creation of antifolk hero Dan Fishback..." Full Article »


The Village Voice: "Folk singer and playwright Dan Fishback is making Hanukkah sexy." Full Article »


Jewcy.com: "At times, my actors seem to think it's weird that we're staging such a sexually graphic play in a building like this, surrounded by older Jews having meetings, singing songs and speaking in Yiddish. But to me, it feels entirely appropriate." Full Article »


The Forward: "Fishback fits into a broad, particularly Jewish tradition of argument and invective, whose adherents court both acceptance and rejection. And getting them together in one fell swoop is the mark of its success." Full Article »


NY Press: "Dan Fishback manages to be both Jewish and gay, which honestly is not really that much of an accomplishment. What is an accomplishment, however, is his latest play." Full Article »


City Scoops: "I ask myself, on a daily basis, why I am making art instead of dedicating my life directly to social justice. I always tell myself that my art will make a bigger difference in the long run, but I’m skeptical of that rationale." See Full Article »


PLEASE LET ME LOVE YOU:


Culturebot: "Fishback is remarkably uncynical but never naive or overly earnest. He has something to say." Full Article »


NYTheatre.com: "Smart, funny and off-the-wall." Full Article »


BOI WITH AN I:


Culturebot: "He conforms to the stereotypical Solo Gay Performance Art aesthetic while at the same time reinventing it on his own terms... Dan Fishback is someone to watch in the future." Full Article »


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