Primary Stages, NYC
Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Charles Socarides, ardent blue eyes beaming rebelliousness beneath freshly barbered hair, plays Eddie, the young stand-in for Mr. Gurney.
Michael Feingold, The Village Voice
Socarides carries off the demanding lead role with just the right blend of dreamy-eyed naïveté and adolescent feistiness.
Simon Saltzman, CurtainUp
Charles Socarides, with an utterly convincing portrait of adolescent turmoil as Eddie…
Eddie, played by Charles Socarides with a bright-eyed slyness that calls to mind an adolescent Steve Carell.
Malcolm Johnson, Hartford Courant
He is totally engaging without being overly solicitous for our affection.
Dan Bacalzo, TheatreMania
Although Gurney clearly exposes various flaws in his main characters, they all remain likable, thanks in part to the fully realized performances of the cast. Socarides is absolutely charming as Eddie, who frequently breaks the fourth wall to comment on the action to the audience.
NY Theatre Wire
Young Eddie (the outstanding Charles Socarides) is both the protagonist and, in open homage to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” the narrator. Like a good Stage Manager, Eddie sets the scene and fills in the missing pieces. This includes pointing out those people who, for the sake of economy, he says, are not personified by an onstage actor. Socarides excels in both roles.
Show Business Weekly
Charles Socarides plays Eddie with a winning earnestness evocative of a young Jimmy Stewart,
Time out NY
His nostalgic tale begins when the teenage Eddie (the appealing Socarides) is caught in school passing a dirty drawing involving Glinda the Good and Injun Joe;