"Salvatore’s prowess at pure dramatic construction serves him equally well, especially as he charts the salient moments when Wheeler, Wescott, and Lynes cohabitated together on East 89th Street. The actors — Salvatore as Wescott, John Del Vecchio as Wheeler, and Daryl Embry as Lynes — beautifully calibrate the curving, winding shape of their unlikely romantic and emotional bonds. Physically, psychically, and otherwise, their chemistry is extraordinary. They are — like the notable men they play — a fabulous trio for the ages."
“One doesn't often think of the stage as a medium that lends itself to the documentary. To see perhaps the best possible example of one onstage, get a ticket to open heart before they sell out (which should be soon, judging by the size and enthusiasm of the opening night crowd). It's hard to imagine anyone else pulling this off as well as open heart.”
“Mother's Milk, by Joe Salvatore, casts Sharon Counts and John Del Vecchio as wary partners on a first date; it also provides an amusing meditation on what to do when your companion for the evening, by way of making conversation, wants to know the name of your favorite Muppet.”
“Yet ‘III’ can be easily applied to the show’s creator, Joe Salvatore, who proves to be the most gifted triple-threat I’ve encountered at the Fringe this season. He wrote, directs, and stars in this magnificent production that feels like, with just a little re-jiggering, it belongs in a regular run in the Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theater.”
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“open heart, a new play by Joe Salvatore, gives voice to the often occurring, yet rarely discussed, phenomenon of open relationships amongst gay men. Regardless of your feelings on monogamy this is a very well done and thought provoking piece. It is made all the more interesting as the discussion of granting legal rights to monogamous same-sex couples engages our nation. Salvatore and his cast deliver an unflinching, engaging, interesting, and often humorous work.”
“Joe Salvatore’s III smoulders with talent. Salvatore is the real star of the production. He has directed with the same careful intelligence with which he has written the drama--and proves himself to be a capable actor as well. Salvatore has brilliantly dramatized the psychology of these gifted artists living in a gay enclave before the Gay Liberation Movement.”
"Salvatore has created three extremely complicated, complex, and flawed individuals in his piece. Each character resonates; each portrayal is heartfelt. III is an extremely worthy addition to this year’s FringeNYC. If you have only a couple of Fringe shows to see, make sure one of them is III."