Love! Valour! Compassion!

September 22, 2010  |  Reviews  |  No Comments

“Gary Cowling sparkles as Buzz, transcending the character’s ‘tragic clown’ surface to find shades of optimism and defeat. This is a person staring down death, and yet the audience is able to care about him without feeling buried by the gravity of his situation.” – Off-Off Online.com

Gary Cowling’s turn as Buzz Hauser is hilariously pouty and also moving in the moments where McNally reveals the deep loneliness just below the surface.” – NYTheatre.com

“Sans stars you somehow feel you’re seeing a truer representation of the everyday humanity of the characters. The best example is the wickedly funny Gary Cowling ’s portrayal of AIDS-stricken show queen Buzz, whom Nathan Lane played on Broadway, Jason Alexander on film. While each of those star turns was rich and witty, Cowling, both in appearance and demeanor, comes across as a show queen you might personally know.” – HX

“A veritable contemporary gay masterpiece!” – Next

The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival

September 22, 2010  |  Reviews  |  No Comments

Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival - press photo

“The evocative true stories assembled are full of fear, courage and resilience. But they are also rich in the flavorful humor, inextinguishable identity and civic love that characterize the inhabitants of America’s most battered city.” “…the five accomplished actors onstage in Rob Florence’s affecting quasi-verbatim play… create an atmosphere of destabilization and panic.” – The New York Times By DAVID ROONEY

“For a show about one of the worst natural disasters in this country’s history, ‘The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival’ is awfully funny — as entertaining as it is moving… the ensemble delivers terrifically moving performances.” “There’s no shortage of horrific moments, such as the vivid descriptions of water slowly rising in houses and bodies floating in the flooded streets. But the playwright also captures the gallows humor that springs up in such circumstances (“So, I walk back into the incontinence room,” [Gary Cowling as Rodney] acidly says of senior citizens in his shelter), making the evening surprisingly uplifting.” NY Post 3 ½ stars By Frank Scheck

“I’ll be shocked if The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival doesn’t run off-Broadway or at least tour around the country after its successful run in the New York International Fringe Festival. It’s a polished, ready-for-prime-time look at Katrina through the stories of survivors portrayed by five talented actors.. the moment their stories begin, you’re utterly engrossed.” “Gary Cowling — a New York stage veteran like all of them — is usually Rodney, a bemused (and perhaps gay) man who somehow ends up on a plane with Al Gore. (Maybe I’m confusing Southern eccentricity with gay, but Cowling is very good and a stalwart participant in AIDS Walk NY, so what’s not to like?).” “You’ll also be moved and entertained.” The Huffington Post 3 1/2 Stars Out of 4By Michael Giltz

Gary Cowling as Rodney, a son looking after his elderly mother will leave you in stitches.” – The Urbane Urbanite by Shydel James

“…documentary theater at its best…” “The stories are true, the actors play multiple roles expertly” “Viewed through their eyes, one begins to see the disaster not from the outside as a spectator or as a concerned citizen, but from the inside as a fellow human being. This is theater at its most relevant. It is a reminder…about the resiliency and beauty of the human spirit in the face of adversity.” Theatre Is Easy by Nancy Kelly

“another standout is Gary Cowling as the wry, witty Rodney. He has one hell of a time evacuating his elderly parents, but gets some unexpected help from Al Gore, one of several political and media figures who make cameo appearances in these stories, uniformly at the oddest times.” –Gay Socialites by Jonathan Warman

“Gary Cowling portrays a goofy-looking guy who quickly gets some gravitas in him.”
TheaterMania by Peter Filichia

“The production’s chief pleasure is in the relaxed, precise performances of its five veteran actors. The script downplays the horror and outrage… politely amusing, occasionally moving, deliberately uplifting.” –Time Out NY**** by Adam Feldman

Take Me Out

September 21, 2010  |  Reviews  |  No Comments

Play Ball!Best Actor in a Leading Role: “Sometimes good guys finish first. Cowling was thoroughly delightful as a geeky gay accountant whose crush on his baseball star client turns into a passion for the game itself. Radiating charm and good humor, Cowling’s fumbling characterization was the emotional heart of the Caldwell Theatre production and a model of impeccable comedic timing.” – New Times-Broward-Palm Beach, FL

“And as Mason, the playwright’s baseball-loving stand-in, Cowling could not be more adorable.” – Miami Herald, Christine Dolen “The play, though, belongs to Mason Marzac. Gary Cowling’s performance is hilarious. Through his tight, wound up mannerisms, Cowling shows off his comedic talent as Lemming’s confidant, effervescently gay mother figure, and #1 fan.” – TALKIN’ BROADWAY.COM, Kevin Johnson

“There is a deft comic leavening in the character of Mason “Mars” Marzac (Gary Cowling). Marzac falls in love equally hard for the game of baseball, and his character rhapsodizes eloquently about the game, while Cowling steals scenes as the elfin, impossible-to-hate fan.” – Boca Raton News, Skip Sheffield

“Best of all is Gary Cowling as the effete, geeky Mason, a thoroughly charming comedic turn that’s a welcome and effective antidote to the dramatic doings. Mason has most of the play’s best lines and Cowling’s timing is superb.” – New Times Broward / Palm Beach, Ronald Mangravite

“Gary Cowling is so good in his role that he receives several rounds of applause after some of his scenes. . . Letter perfect.” – Entertainment News & Views, Buddy Clarke

“Cowling’s exuberance could make anyone a baseball believer.” – Mary Damiano, Our Independent

“Marzac’s character is the play’s conscience. His first-act monologue, already being hailed as one of the greatest in contemporary American theater, frames an abundance of issues in crisply poetic language. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Marzac in the Caldwell production, Gary Cowling, delivers the monologue with just the right mix of fey delight and poignant sense of discovery.” – Charles Passy, Palm Beach Post

“There is much humor… as Mason (Gary Cowling) becomes a baseball fanatic as he reveals the meaning and beauty of baseball in an inspiring soliloquy.” – Al Price, Boynton Beach Times

Edenville

September 20, 2010  |  Reviews  |  No Comments

Edenville with Sebastian Lacause & Josh Berresford

“The scene-stealer of the show, however, was the flamboyant and over-the-top Gary Cowling, who played the C.E.O. of Edenville. With his constant barrage of musical-theatre references and his willingness to do anything to get a laugh or a client, his scenes had the most pop in what was already a high-energy play.” – Off-Off Broadway Review

“In between these ‘boyfriends from hell’ we get Greek chorus-like commentary from C.E.O. (the deliciously funny Gary Cowling) who runs the Edenville male matchmaking service of the title. In a clever twist, these interludes are made up almost entirely of quotes from showtunes, ever so slightly altered to fit Jules’ situation. Cute enough, right?” – New York Blade

“CEO (Gary Cowling) speaks the language of musical comedy. (CEO is even known to sing on occasion.) Musical mavens know what great wisdom lies within the shows of yore, and they particularly will get a kick out of identifying the many, many allusions and quotations that comprise CEO’s hilarious, campy dialogue.” – NYTheatre.com review

“The play delivers delightful surprise after delightful surprise in the context of a very familiar tale. Many of the surprises come from a fellow known only as “CEO (Gary Cowling),” the founder of a company called Edenville, a dating service that seems too good to be true and consequently probably isn’t (one of the neat things that Fletcher does throughout is never let us know for sure how much of what’s going on is just in Jules’s very active imagination).” – NYTheatre.com

“Edenville is a charmer.” – NYTheatre.com review

“A clever, cute romantic comedy” – New York Blade

Edenville was a delight.” – Off-Off Broadway Review

Edenville is a sweet, warm and funny comedy.” – NYTheatre.com

“After dating hell, a happy ending.” – New York Blade

Memory River

September 20, 2010  |  Reviews  |  No Comments

“The scene with Older HM (Gary Cowling) is heartbreaking.” “…excellent performances given by Caiola, Cowling, Tyler, and Holmes.” – Duncan Pflaster, Broadway.com

“The acting is extremely strong, especially Gary Cowling as Old H.M and Diane Tyler as Mom …exceptional and heart-breaking.“ Byrne Harrison, Stagebuzz.com

Cowling does a marvelous job creating an older version of Paul Caiola’s H.M., picking up not only the physical and vocal style used by Caiola, but also the shy sense of humor, the facial expressions, and other less obvious cues. Caiola and Cowling make an amazing team as H.M. Complex and challenging, it’s a fascinating play.”
Byrne Harrison, Stagebuzz.com

Edenville

July 12, 2010  |  Reviews  |  No Comments

Edenville with Sebastian Lacause & Josh Berresford

“The scene-stealer of the show, however, was the flamboyant and over-the-top Gary Cowling, who played the C.E.O. of Edenville. With his constant barrage of musical-theatre references and his willingness to do anything to get a laugh or a client, his scenes had the most pop in what was already a high-energy play.” – Off-Off Broadway Review

“In between these ‘boyfriends from hell’ we get Greek chorus-like commentary from C.E.O. (the deliciously funny Gary Cowling) who runs the Edenville male matchmaking service of the title. In a clever twist, these interludes are made up almost entirely of quotes from showtunes, ever so slightly altered to fit Jules’ situation. Cute enough, right?” – New York Blade

“CEO (Gary Cowling) speaks the language of musical comedy. (CEO is even known to sing on occasion.) Musical mavens know what great wisdom lies within the shows of yore, and they particularly will get a kick out of identifying the many, many allusions and quotations that comprise CEO’s hilarious, campy dialogue.” – NYTheatre.com review

“The play delivers delightful surprise after delightful surprise in the context of a very familiar tale. Many of the surprises come from a fellow known only as “CEO (Gary Cowling),” the founder of a company called Edenville, a dating service that seems too good to be true and consequently probably isn’t (one of the neat things that Fletcher does throughout is never let us know for sure how much of what’s going on is just in Jules’s very active imagination).” – NYTheatre.com

“Edenville is a charmer.” – NYTheatre.com review

“A clever, cute romantic comedy” – New York Blade

Edenville was a delight.” – Off-Off Broadway Review

Edenville is a sweet, warm and funny comedy.” – NYTheatre.com

“After dating hell, a happy ending.” – New York Blade

The Namesake

May 5, 2010  |  Reviews  |  Comments Off on The Namesake

“A glory on a huge, colorful canvas. Strikingly original, heartfelt, superbly acted and profoundly satisfying.” Joe Morgenster –Wall Street Journal

“Mira Nair soars with her film version of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake. This is a generational family saga everyone can relate to, and Nair gives it her special magic.” PETER TRAVERS – Rolling Stone

The Namesake remains a richly compelling story of family and self-discovery … a loving, deeply felt screen translation that should appease fans of the book while making many new converts.” Scott Foundas – Variety

“Marvelous and moving. A-” –Entertainment Weekly

“A spell-binding exploration of love and belonging.” Karen Dubin – Elle

The Namesake elicits laughter and tears in its profound and emotionally resonant family portrait.” – USA TODAY

The Laramie Project

June 22, 2009  |  Reviews  |  No Comments

The Laramie ProjectGary Cowling gives one of the finest performances I’ve seen all summer, indeed one of the most nuanced performances I’ve seen in ages. He is a talented actor who goes from comedy to intense drama without ever losing the truth of his character. His every creation is insightful and emotionally honest. Best of the many are Doc O’Connor, the chauffeur, who despite a dim façade is one of the brightest people in Laramie. Dr. Cathaway is a touching portrait, and Cowling’s portrayal of playwright Moises Kaufman brings instant integrity to the entire proceedings.”
-Bob Geopfert, The Record

“The versatility of this cast is impressive… Gary Cowling is endearing as Doc O’Connor, town character-turned-philosopher, and sardonic as the coolly intellectual Moises Kaufman… authentically human and achingly real.”
-Nancy Sans, Taconic Press

Metroland Year in Review
BEST PRODUCTION
#2: The Laramie Project, StageWorks

BEST PERFORMANCES
#6: Robin Leslie Brown, Brian Carter, Gary Cowling, Cheryl Hedges, Amy LeBlanc, Kevin McClarnon, Tommy Walsh and Sara Wolverson. Ensemble of The Laramie Project, StageWork

“…a riveting portrait of a community galvanized by a tragedy in its midst.” -Nancy Sans, Taconic Press

“This year the award for the best and most exciting theatrical event of the summer season goes to The Laramie Project at StageWorks.”
-Bob Geopfert, The Record

“The Laramie Project was a powerful ensemble work that explored how a community responded to, and was changed by, the murder of Matthew Shepherd. This was a whirl of words, characters, and images with the immediacy of a one-on-one interview and the wallop of a confessional, or a psycho-therapy session.” -James Yeara, Metroland

“This is ensemble acting at its best.” -Bob Geopfert, The Record

“‘Deal with what is true.’ StageWorks’ actors do just that with focus, vocal distinction and physical exactness that are engaging as well as admirable.” -James Yeara, Metroland

“You can also admire the craft in shifting seamlessly yet so exactingly from character to character, none of them mere caricature, none of them blurring into another character. Then you can applaud the art that allows you to get caught up and admire simultaneously – a rare feat on any stage.” -James Yeara, Metroland

“A moving production of a play that gives a story and a life to the name [Matthew Shepherd].” -James Yeara, Metroland