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Swept Away (Arena Stage)

"The cast plays the subsequent dilemma so sublimely..."

"And Duvall plays Captain - who sings "May It Last" a lilting

ode to uncertain exploration - with prescient existentialism and,

later, devastating denial."


Washington Post


"Wayne Duvall is pitch-perfect as the old, stern Captain, his weathered

face etched with years of experience of countless voyages, and knowing

that this is his last adventure on the waters. Duvall balances that melancholy


with a tough exterior, hammering it home in the song "May It Last."




"Duvall demonstrates the pathos of a man who realizes he has outlived his


Talkin' Broadway


Swept Away (Berkeley Rep)


"The cast is uniformly excellent, with strong voices perfectly

suited to the Avett Brothers' songs. Wayne Duvall's baritone has aworld-weary tone

that mirrors his guilt at not having gone down with

his ship."

Talking Broadway"

Patrick Thomas

"The superb cast, crisp direction and passionate score are breathtaking and

emotionally mesmerizing.  Gallagher, Duvall, Enscoe and Sands are superb

throughout, vocally and emotionally, emphasizing each character's persona."

Broadway World

"Swept Away, accompanied by music by the North Carolina folk/rock band, 

The Avett Brothers, is one of the most original and mesmerizing pieces of

dramatic musical theater I’ve seen in a long time.The accomplished and

talented cast’s first-class singing, dancing, and acting complement the

pleasingly melodic music. In fact, every aspect of the production is



Emily S. Mendel



The Hunt

"This is a satire of the highest form, and it works because of the careful

telegraphing of Cuse, Lindelof and Zobel. Violence is used gratuitously for

laughs and shock value with Tarantinoesque moments of sanguine comedy

and dialogue.---That's not to mention the fine performances from Betty Gilpin,

Wayne Duvall and Macon Blair."


Norman Gidney, Film Threat

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"Pat McGann is a fantastic villain/antagonist for the series.

In the end, he's a manifestation of what's antagonistic: corruption, poverty,

capitalism, and so forth. He's a character you love to hate, and the threat he

poses to the protagonists of the series is legitimate and realistic."


Jasmine Blu, TV Fanatic









The Kitchen

"Character actor Wayne Duvall is great playing McCarthy's dad..."


Josh Board, Fox5 San Diego





The Cake

La Jolla Playhouse

"The meaning of intimacy also looms large in

Della’s relationship with Tim, whom Duvall plays

as a genial good-old-boy with a glint of vulnerability;

some of the show’s best laughs (and saddest moments)

spring from their struggles to reconnect."

James Hebert,The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Wayne Duvall’s husband is even more off the shelf, a stolid

plumber who enacts manly southern rituals as a duty and

chooses to play it safe anytime emotion is threatened. But he

also travels what may be the longest road here and delivers the

biggest yak of the show."

Welton Jones, San Diego Story

"She(Faith Prince) shares hilarious stage chemistry with

Wayne Duvall, who plays Della's almost passionless husband Tim.

Prince and Duvall take Della and Tim's relationship seriously, and

their time together is both humorous and sad."

David Dixon, Talkin' Broadway

"Tim is funny, but we will also witness a very emotional, sad side to

Tim. Duvall’s scene with Prince in the bake shop leaves you on the

edge of your seat. It is one of those moments that starts out as a

funny take on life and ends up as a tense, uncomfortable scene as

Della and Tim begin to question what their own married life has


TR Robertston, The Vista Press


Hudson Theater, Broadway


"The rest of the cast is very strong, with Michael Potts, Cara Seymour

and Wayne Duvall as standouts."

Talkin' Broadway

The accompanying ensemble cast plays an array of characters

including standout Wayne Duvall as a jovial colleague who

repeats the same story every day to Winston.

Exeunt Magazine




"Wayne Duvall embodies the savagely competitive coach

hell-bent on his team winning."

Film Journal International




Big River

City Center Encores!

"The terrific ensemble also includes such standouts

as Wayne Duvall, as Huck's drunken father whose

rendition of the comic number "Guv'ment" is a highlight."

Hollywood Reporter

"We understand how timeless Twain's grasp of American

archetypes was when we see Duvall's performance as Pap

Finn. His rendition of the song "Guv'ment" is a whiskey-soaked

fusion of soul and resentment. Theatermania


"Huck's ornery father, Pap (Wayne Duvall), delivers a drunken

rendition of "Guv'ment" that seems timeless." Curtain Up

"Wayne Duvall is a chilling Pap Finn." theater



The Legend of Georgia McBride

The Lucille Lortel Theater


Critics Choice New York Times!

"...the performances are totally flawless."

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


"...few can top it for sheer bust-a-gut, lose-yourself, feel-good fun at

the theatre. And it features a very talented cast."

Roma Torre, NY1


"The talented five-person cast sells the setup of Georgia McBride with

real heart. Watching The Legend of Georgia McBride feels like cuddling

up in a snuggie made of tulle and dreams. It's comforting and familiar

in its nonthreatening fabulousness,"

Zachery Stewart, Theatermania


"...standouts Duvall and McGrath, who can do poignant along with punchlines."


"Wayne Duvall (Eddie) plays the club owner (who is always looking to make a buck)

with ease. We should want to hate him, but you just can’t help loving every moment

he is on stage."

Paul Morin,


"Eddie, played with appropriate clueless warmth by Wayne Duvall.."
David Roberts, Theater Reviews Limited

"Duvall adds humor as the redneck barkeeper who proves as much of a ham as the


Steve Suskin, Huffington Post


Bright Star

The Old Globe


"Wayne Duvall, exuding chicken-fried menace from every pore."

Charles Isherwood, New York Times


"Wayne Duvall, chomping down on his role like it’s a stogie."

Bob Verini, Variety


"In the Old Globe’s new musical “Bright Star,” a troubled small-town mayor

may or may not be seeing ghosts. But you can bet the actor playing him is

going to hear the word “Boo". That’s no criticism of Wayne Duvall’s perfectly

respectable performance in the role; the lusty rebuke he earns from the audience

at the curtain call (or did on Saturday night, anyway) is purely a reflection of his

character’s love-to-loath-him villainy.”

James Hebert, San Diego Union Tribune


"Wayne Duvall pulls out the stops as the manipulative and unscrupulous Mayor

Josiah Dobbs, who may have been assigned a name, but equally needs more

backstory; still, we need this character, and it’s a good sign that Duvall was roundly

booed at curtain call "

Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema


"Wayne Duvall is the guy you love to hate."

Carol Davis, San Diego Theater Examiner


Pride in The Falls of Autrey Mill

Signature Theater


"Duvall is especially good as a husband whose bonhomie has evaporated"

Peter Marks, The Washington Post


"Louie (in a powerful performance by Wayne Duvall), comes into the performance

near the end of the first act. Duvall and Lahti are dominating forces on a rapidly

spiraling collision force. The interaction between these two accomplished performers

is what holds this production together. They are a pleasure to watch "

Chuck Conconi, Washington Life Magazine


"Duvall is perfect as the good ‘ol boy Louie stuck in a stale marriage"

Patrick Folliard, Washington Blade


“…deftly played by Wayne Duvall. Duvall’s economic performance packs a
punch – rarely will you see an actor convey so much while saying so little"

 Kyle Osborne, Entertainment Or Die

“Wayne Duvall [is] amazing”

Charles Shubow,


"Duvall's ambivalence is presented perfectly."

Keith Loria, Theatermania


"Christine Lahti is riveting in her depiction of the uptight, social doyenne. Her performance is a perfect contrast to Wayne Duvall’s laidback Southern breadwinner, Louie, who balances out that tension with a restrained — yet effective — portrayal of a husband who harbors other ideas for his happiness."

Jordon Wright, Alexandria Times



Bonnie and Clyde

La Jolla Playhouse/Asolo Rep


"Wayne Duvall is just right as the drawling, redneck Texas sheriff"

Pam Kragen, The San Diego Union Tribune


"Also outstanding are Wayne Duvall as the sheriff..."


"Wayne Duvall is terrific as good ol' boy Sheriff Schmid."

John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times


Happy Days, The Musical

Falcon Theater

"Other stand-out performances are by Wayne Duvall as Mr. C., who adds

welcome depth to his character."

The Burbank Leader




O'Brother, Where Art Thou?

"Reoccurring figures include Charles Durning's plump curmudgeon-as-state-governor,

John Goodman as a Bible-thumping huckster-cyclops, and, best of all, Wayne Duvall

playing Durning's opponent, a KKK grand dragon with a tiny man (Ed Gale) perpetually

at his side."

Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine




"...even though this film is full of movie “stars”, there are other actors and roles worth

noting, as well. Wayne Duvall (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Lincoln) has a humorous

role as “Captain Richard O’Malley”, and has a lot of fun back and forth banter with

Gyllenhaal’s Loki, adding small moments of much-needed levity throughout this mostly

dark and heavy film."




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