This is a show that triumphs or fails on the title character, and in that regard, PICT’S MACBETH does not disappoint. David Whalen, as the eponymous king, is a sight to behold. Whalen commands the stage in a way that eclipses those around him. His textured performance runs the gamut from joy to guilt to the inevitable megalomania, yet at no point does he waver from the core of his conflicted character.Gwendolyn Kiste, CITY PAPER
Whalen plays the title character with eloquent understatement, exhibiting this vulnerable extrovert’s humor and gift for gab, but also his ethereal and melancholy sides, revealed when he suddenly breaks into a recitation of Yeats or rants dully into the phone, fumbling with the receiver, during a drunken late-night callCelia Wren, Washington Post
Pittsburgh favorite, David Whalen is riveting as Pastor Paul in an exceptional evening of theatre.Bill O' Driscoll, CITY Paper
Mr. Whalen gets to range from obnoxious vanity to uncertainty to something close to emotional revelation. It’s a former Post Gazette Performer of the Year at the top of his game. With the team of Whalen, Bradbury, and Paul, it’s summertime entertainment for Pittsburgh!Christopher Rawson, Pgh post Gazette
The production has a magnetic energy. The top-notch cast does an exceptional job, in particular, David Whalen, who rightly avoids the temptation to portray Paul as unctious and self serving. Whalen’s Paul comes across as kind and sincere, the kind of man you can imagine would inspire trust & deep respect among his congregants.Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler
Highlighting the production is David Whalen’s fierce and energized performance as Jokanaan that provides a satisfying contrast in tempo from the other characters.
An interesting contrast to other roles Whalen has done for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, such as Marc Antony in “Julius Caesar,” Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” and George W. Bush in “Stuff Happens,” it showcases this actor’s impressive range.Alice Carter, Pgh Tribune Review
David Whalen amazes as Padriac, veering wildly between madness and sentimentality as the story dictates. It’s an intense performance that builds over the course of the action.Chris Gibson, Intermission Magazine
Claudius (the excellent David Whalen) … is no monster or a master manipulator – Iago with a crown – but an ordinary man who did a terrible thing to gain what he wanted and now finds that he needs to do another terrible thing to keep it.Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene
David Whalen is at the top of his form as the slave owner, resisting any temptation to twirl his mustache ala Simon Legree. Mr. Whalen captures the full range from sadistic bravado to creeping self doubt and underlying despair, with the subtlety the intimate acting space demands.Chris Rawson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
. . .the acting honors go to David Whalen, so successful elsewhere as a romantic lead, but here against type as the despised “company man” who seems powerful, yet proves hollow.
Michelle Pilecki, City Paper
David Whalen seems untroubled by the effects of playing the sleuth for the second time. The Pittsburgh-based actor’s portrayal is straightforward, noble and heroic without idiosyncrasies or touches of madness that made the literary Holmes a fascinating character. As the title character in “Sherlock Holmes & the Crucifer of Blood,” he adds a dash of action hero to the role, but leaves the twitches and quirks alone.Bob Hoover Pgh Post Gazette
For nearly the whole of his two terrifically written and exceedingly intelligent acts, Penhall twists us back and forth. . . The play opens big, gets bigger and drives directly to the finish. David Whalen deploys a deft comedic hand with Flaherty’s sniveling self-preservation.Ted Hoover, Pgh City Papet
Whalen is in excellent form in this production, fleshing out the character with a warmth and sympathy that allows us to see, from his perspective, how very right he is at the same time that we see, from our own, how completely wrong he has been.Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler
David Whalen is first-rate, and Whalen’s unfolding portrait of personality disintegration is one of the season’s best.Robert Zaller, Broad Street Review
David Whalen is excellent as Kippy, who narrates the play but is more judgmental than he initially appears.Tim Dunleavy, TALKIN' BROADWAY
Barebones Productions gives A Steady Rain the spare, tight exposition that it needs. Directed by Melissa Martin, Keith Huff’s 2007 police melodrama features two excellent actors hurtling through the past and the present in an often breathtaking ride. The acting by David Whalen and Patrick Jordan make this a MUST-SEE!
Michelle Pilecki, CITY PAPER
…a hugely entertaining celebration of life and art. David Whalen’s task as Duke is difficult; but though the character is entirely passive, Whalen keeps his story front and center. There are many reasons this will be one of my most memorable plays …Ted Hoover, City Paper
David Whalen plays Alan to the hilt perceptively keeping his character superbly, delightfully reasonable, unreasonable, predictable and unpredictable.Gordon Spencer, WRCT theatre Review
As Mike, reliable David Whalen makes the most of a meaty, complex role, often with just a meaningful look.Sharon Eberson, Pgh Post Gazette
Every actor remains convincing and distinctive, although David Whalen as Tony overshadows them all in a role which certainly calls for that exuberant fun. This portrayal adds to Whalen’s already remarkable array of local performances.Gordon Spencer, WRCT Radio Theater Review
There is a scene, in the middle of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in which Vershinin and Masha are alone. The way Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre has staged it, this scene is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen on stage. You wouldn’t imagine corseted and uniformed Czarist Russians being erotic, especially when nary a boot is removed. But their cat-and-mouse game of seduction is physical, tantalizing and lusty. Oh, Allison McLemore and David Whalen are conspicuously attractive people, but director Harriet Power turns every word and gesture into a titillating double-entendre. It’s like watching an Anaïs Nin journal come to life.Robert Isenberg, City Paper
All the parts are extremely well cast and beautifully acted. David Whalen is a wonderfully poetic Dorian.Kathryn Osenlund, Curtainup.com
You can see why it attracted the all-star pairing of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, less than five years ago on Broadway. Here, it has enlisted two of Pittsburgh’s best leading men, Patrick Jordan and David Whalen.
The result is electric . . . Charismatic actors . . . They are a striking pair.Chris Rawson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
David Whalen as Brian invests his role with equal sincerity, as well as with depth and warmth.Gordon Spencer, WRCT theatre review
Among the rest of an exceptional cast, two performances stand out. Imagine, a father wearing a disguise so good he could fool his own son! But Whalen pulls it off in a way which makes the dialogue credible, so seamlessly slipping into the persona of an aged stranger … he is astonishing.
Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene
two of the most powerful performances you are likely to experience on a Pittsburgh stage this year are taking place right now at The New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.
Two dynamic Pittsburgh actors — David Whalen and Patrick Jordan — take charge of the stage and story in an edgy two-character drama about two Chicago beat cops, whose lifelong friendship unravels over crises in their personal and professional lives.Alice Carter, Pgh Tribune Review
in the flashiest of roles, David Whalen does not disappoint. He brings a cocky charm & charisma to Werner Von Braun.Greg Kerestan, broadwayworld.com
David Whalen‘s Padraic is especially impressive, because his portrayal of a wacko who personifies excess never goes too far. Even when Padraic is eating his cell phone or making love to a fellow extremist (Keira Keeley) with the bloody corpse of Wee Thomas wedged between their bodies, Whalen’s performance remains smoothly calibrated.Dennis Brown, The River Front Times
Each actor brings a quirky distinction to the role, particularly Mr. Whalen, perfectly cast as the handsome commander seeking escape with Masha.Bob Hoover, Pgh Post Gazette
It’s impeccably acted, with laser-beam performances by a uniformly excellent cast including David Whalen as Bush.Ted Hoover, City Paper
Astonishingly memorable David Whalen plays Jack gloriously full throttle, romping through every moment, playing it all to a fare thee well.Gordon Spencer, WRCT Theatre Review
David Whalen’s rock-ribbed sincerity makes the character of Rev. James Morell quite believable . . .and his dawn of understanding at the play’s end is quite moving. It’s Shaw & it’s fun!Ted Hoover, City Paper
David Whalen generates plenty of laughs as Florindo, who is often at a loss to understand complexities and confusions that surround him as he searches for Beatrice.Alice Carter, Pgh Tribune Review
David Whalen is endlessly amusing as Florindo!Greg Keresten, Broadwayworld.com
The incredibly versatile, David Whalen had me rolling in the aisles . . . another wonderful performance by this astonishing actor. What a show!Burgh Vivant
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