BETWEEN TAKEOFF AND LANDING: REVIEWS



Hilarious and heartwarming   ------------------Toronto Star



There's an old saying, "we laugh so that we may not cry". Well...there's plenty of laughter in Between Takeoff & Landing. But, in the end, the production deviates from that saying. Judging from the tears in the audience, including my own, we do cry. A very good show. Four stars      ----------------- CBC Reviewer:


HHHH      ------------Winnpeg Free Press


Walsh shines       ------------------Now Magazine (Toronto)


Voted one of the top ten shows in the festival       ------------------Star Pheonix (Saskatoon)




Between Takeoff & Landing premiered at the Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival in Fall 2003. The show played in New York throughout 2004 and then toured Canada in the summers of 2005, 2006 and 2008.


Montreal (2008)


http://www.hour.ca/stage/stage.aspx?iIDArticle=14908

Montreal Gazette

Between Takeoff and Landing: New York performer Michael Walsh makes monologue of his  travel diaries, telling us exactly what happened to people like him when they were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001, as U.S. airports suddenly closed. Walsh switches characters and accents as he plays the locals as well as the travelers and himself. The tone is lighter than one might expect given the subject matter. But there are moments of underlying poignancy, the execution is polished and the ending, pitch-perfect. This piece has been touring since 2003.


http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/stageandpage/archive/2008/06/16/montreal-fringe-festival-2008-the-reviews-begin-to-see-or-not-to-see.aspx


Edmonton (2006)

VUE Magazine


A very funny and touching recollection of four days spent in Gander, Newfoundland by a New Yorker on his way home from a family gathering in Dublin, Ireland on the morning of September 11, 2001. Well written and expertly acted by accent- and persona-juggling Michael Walsh, it is a wonderful story of finding oneself and a place to call home, the bonds that form between people who find themselves thrown together in trying situations and the simple kindness that can come from strangers and small towns. 4/5 S


http://www.vueweekly.com/article.php?id=4473


The Edmonton Journal


Rating 4 Stars

It is Sept. 11, 2001, and Michael Walsh is traveling from Dublin to New York City. Air traffic in the U.S. has been halted, for obvious reasons, and his flight lands in Gander, N.L.


At first, Walsh wants the other passengers to leave him alone. He is worried about his sister, who is on a flight to Florida. All he knows is that airplanes have smashed into landmarks on the eastern seaboard. "I will not be the first person on this plane to cry," he tells himself. Then he's keen to watch Bridget Jones's Diary without interruptions about terrorist attacks. When the passengers are finally allowed to deplane, Carl, from the Gander Elks Hall, proudly welcomes them. Carl and Walsh's fellow passengers are a consistently colourful bunch, and Walsh inhabits them with great affection. At times, it's difficult to place them all -- Walsh speaks in a flurry of Irish and Newfoundland accents -- but the material is so light and winning that it hardly matters. Part standup, part travelogue, part sociological observation, Between Takeoff and Landing is an entirely pleasant way to spend 75 minutes. Walsh has a clear delivery that appears, and sounds, wonderfully unstudied. But there is great care here, and talent.



http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/features/fringe/story.html?id=9c22b258-ab40-4eed-a2b2-402815fea9c8


Toronto Reviews  & Winnipeg(2005)


Toronto Sun


BETWEEN TAKEOFF & LANDING, at the Royal St. George Theatre: In this solo performance, Michael Walsh humorously and yes, tastefully (sorry), recaps his 9/11 experience, which landed him in Gander, Nfld. Traveling from Ireland to his New York home, he found himself unexpectedly grounded in the tiny East coast town. What ensues is a hilarious and heartwarming Canadian experience at the Gander "Elks Lodge" with a motley crew of characters -- from Breeda the old Irish lady to a bitching Ben from Brooklyn to the numerous big-hearted "newfies" that open their homes, fridges, showers and bars to 6,000 stranded travellers. Walsh charmingly approaches the sensitive topic with the perfect balance of humour and reverence: "I can't believe I drank so much today. I can't believe I'm in someone's living room in Newfoundland. I can't believe ... this," all the while bouncing laudaubly between Irish, English, New Yorker and Newfoundland accents. As one of his hosts remarks as Walsh's four days in Gander comes to an end, "The spirit this community has shown here has made me so proud of Newfoundlanders."                                   

by: SHERRI WOOD



Winnipeg Free Press


New York-based actor and playwright Michael Walsh has cobbled together a touching, comedic take on one of Canada's quirkiest stories -- the hospitality offered to 6,000 airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland amidst the tragedy of Sept. 11.


In his one-man show, Walsh plays about a dozen members of a motley crew of Irishmen and Americans whose flight from Dublin to New York was waylaid in Gander.


Almost every vignette offers a giggle, but Walsh also dips into the undercurrent of physical and emotional limbo that seizes the characters.                  -- Mary Agnes Welch


CBC


Between Takeoff & Landing is a one person multi-charactered show about Michael Walsh's experiences being stranded in Newfoundland during the aftermath of 9/11. On route from Dublin to New York (I assume this really happened to him), Walsh's plane gets rerouted to Gander.


Any play about 9/11 has to be tinged with tragedy. However, Michael Walsh's versatile script and performance keeps to the truth of the situation. And the truth of the situation is humorous. C'mon...he's a New Yorker surrounded by Newfies (sorry...that's the word used in the script). The episodic nature of the material is challenging in terms of narrative drive, but Walsh's skillful performance keeps things going.


There's an old saying, "we laugh so that we may not cry". Well...there's plenty of laughter in Between Takeoff & Landing. But, in the end, the production deviates from that saying. Judging from the tears in the audience, including my own, we do cry. A very good show.

4 Flower Power (four stars)- CBC Reviewer:




Seattle(2003)


Fringe Review Rag

"For all the humor, the nucleus of the piece is this; you throw a random bunch of Irish, English, New Yorkers, and Canadians into a Newfoundland blender, add a catastrophic event (when it's too fresh to know how to feel yet), toss in a dollop of hot Irish Whiskey (and some hash if you can get your hands on it), and push frappe. The result is an engaging smoothie of fringe theatre."


TheatreSeattle

"An amusing and skillful piece of storytelling…A poignant comic odyssey…recounts Walsh's unexpected trip to Canada in a 9/11 story like no other."


Theatre Puget Sound

"His recital of the events…is masterful…"







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