“A DAY FOR GRACE is an Off-Broadway tour-de-force by Doug Vincent, a writer and actor who absolutely stuns the audience by playing more than ten people virtually simultaneously.
In short the play is brilliant. The stuff of gasps, tears and deep belly laughs. The audience’s reaction is intense. At the end of the play the audience swarms Doug hugging him and touching him if they are determined to absorb some of his—well, grace. It is a lovely thing to see.
The show also features an amazing live performance of original music by guitarist, singer and rock icon, Sam Llanas. Of Sam Llanas I cannot do better than to quote the publicist. ‘His thirteen musical numbers serve as the evening’s touchstones, enthralling Greek chorus and riveting denouement.’ This is perhaps the second time a solo performance has had the power and beauty to reduce me to tears. It’s only running for a short time—GO SEE IT!”
-Claire McCurdy, WomanAroundTown.com, New York City
“From the pre-show buzz this show promised to be interesting. The reason it is being reviewed is that Doug Vincent’s words are being skillfully augmented by Sam Llanas’ music. Mr. Vincent ingeniously layers the story, with a memory within a memory. Mr. Llanas joins in and punctuates that story. Then Vincent layers yet another aspect into the overall scheme of things.
LLanas is as brilliant as ever. His songwriting fits into the concept of this performance so well, that the fourteen-year time lapse from the time most of the songs were written until the premiere of the play seems like weeks. The music remains fresh to the concept; adding poignancy. I was bowled over by Doug Vincent’s performance. To put these two dynamic talents on the stage is a formula for adventure, and a blueprint for an emotional rollercoaster ride that rivals anything you would find at Six Flags.
If you have a chance to see ‘A DAY FOR GRACE.’ I strongly advise you to do so. It is masterly performed, intelligently composed and directed, and showcases some of the best music you may or may not heard before. Oh yeah, and it makes you laugh, as well. A lot!”
“I am so impressed with A DAY FOR GRACE that I don’t know what to tell you about first. I could start with the versatile and consummate storytelling abilities of Doug Vincent. Prompted by the impending birth of his daughter, he weaves his childhood memories in small town Virginia into his not-easily-won current life.
You’ll laugh and cry and hold your breath in anticipation and never take your eyes off him. UNTIL you hear iconic American songwriter Sam Llanas’ haunting voice perform his original music. Both men command the stage, share the spotlight, and complement each other perfectly. Together Vincent and Llanas and the poignant, forceful, and triumphant story will take your breath away. This is a powerful piece of work. A DAY OF GRACE should not be missed.”
“To call playwright Doug Vincent’s new play, A DAY FOR GRACE, harrowing is an understatement. It is an emotional roller coaster ride that immediately sold-out the show’s acclaimed New York debut. Exploring the events of a hardscrabble Virginia childhood, Vincent plays himself as well as a Greek chorus of family members whose take on events don’t always sync with his own.
He is a gifted and extremely entertaining storyteller. His depiction of his childhood emulation of the future Hall of Fame catcher from the Cincinnati Reds is delivered suspensefully, with a deft touch not unlike a baseball broadcaster recounting events as they happen in real time.
As the show’s segments shift, Sam Llanas, frontman for the popular Wisconsin roots rockers the BoDeans does his part as Greek chorus with his acoustic guitar and warm baritone voice, singing excerpts from songs including the BoDeans’ brooding classic ‘Far, Far Away From My Heart’ as well as several numbers from his 1998 cult classic CD, ‘A Good Day to Die,’ by the short-lived side project Absinthe which clocked in at #629 on the 1000 Best Albums Of All Time List here at LucidCulture.
The pieces from that song cycle used in the show have had their lyrics tweaked to fit the new context, and add considerable depth and gravitas to the overall ambience. At this past Saturday’s show, as the suspense reached breaking point, Vincent was literally moved to tears recalling how events unfolded. Several audience members were overcome by emotion as well. Sometimes the drama of real life surpasses anything contrived for the stage. The show is tantalizing. The songs are haunting and majestic.”