VALERIE HARPER brings
a grounded authenticity to the part,
in the National Tour of the resilient work,
developed over years by scripter
WILLIAM GIBSON. She gives the character
heart, humor, strength and, most of all, passion:
conjuring the woman by sheer will,
under SCOTT SCHWARTZ’s nicely paced, nuanced helming. It’s an amazing personal history course as seen through the eyes of one of the most fascinating leaders of the 20th century. Script and performance capture Golda Meir at her most iconoclastic: probing, tough, witty, mesmerizing and maternal. HARPER succeeds in the most challenging part: making her character believable not just as a stage presence but as a serious and steely leader of her country at a moment of world brinkmanship.”
FRANK RIZZO, Variety
VALERIE HARPER captures the essence of Golda Meir in WILLIAM GIBSON’s poignant and funny one-woman play! Harper commands the stage with easy authority, delivering Golda’s wry asides and poetic insights with conviction and lively spirit!"
MICHAEL GROSSBERG, Columbus Dispatch
VALERIE HARPER’s Golda Meir moves one to both laughter and tears! She shines in this dramatic triumph!”
KERRY CLAWSON, Akron Beacon Journal
VALERIE HARPER’s Golda Meir is confident, dramatically agile, yet still stubborn and bitterweet!”
JACK ZINK, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
VALERIE HARPER gives a powerful portrayal of Golda Meir! She enfolds her listeners in the joy, hopes and tenacity that filled the pages of Meir's life!"
LAWRENCE B JOHNSON, The Detroit News
VALERIE HARPER takes over the stage as Golda Meir, and she is the right woman for the job! Funny! Splendid! Absorbing!"
MARTIN F. KOHN, Detroit Free Press
VALERIE HARPER’s skilled, impassioned, tough-minded portrayal of Meir is something to experience, and couldn’t be timelier!”
HAP ERSTEIN, The Palm Beach Post
Golda's Balcony has enough humor and drama for a much longer play, but the 89 intermissionless minutes never feel short or long, only perfect!”
JOHN SIMON, New York Magazine
William Gibson's fascinating play is a tight-knit story of war and peace!”
CLIVE BARNES, New York Post
Read Shimon Peres' article about Golda's Balcony in the New York Times.
Golda's Balcony is a moving tribute to the human
capacity for survival! Gibson's thoughtful script doesn't shy away from the more complex aspects of Meir's life.”
ELYSA GARDNER, USA Today
Hearing from someone who was there at the birth of the country, who sacrificed to make it happen, helps remind us where the Middle East standoff came from. Golda's Balcony is enlightening!
NEIL GENZLINGER, The New York Times
Golda's Balcony is a timely, incisive, powerfully-varied portrait of a remarkable woman!"
ADAM FELDMAN, Time Out New York
Don't miss it!"
William Gibson's Golda's Balcony is a handsomely crafted, tough-minded story of a complex woman who was an international force!"
LINDA WINER, Newsday
William Gibson's very ambitious play, Golda's Balcony, is an epic among solo works!"
ROMA TORRE, NY1
Gibson has done an amazing job with Golda's Balcony: he gives us a great understanding of Golda's personal and public life in a little over 90 minutes."
HOWARD KISSEL, NY Daily News
You must see this play: not you 'should' see it, you must! It's the most extraordinary, stunning evening in the theater that Iíve seen in a long time! Go see it!"
JOAN HAMBURG, WOR Radio
A riveting play with an electric charge! Gibson has expertly woven in details of Golda's life!"
JACQUES LE SOURD, Gannet Newspapers
Golda's Balcony expertly walks the line between illumination and entertainment! It skillfully weaves together the story of the public and private Golda Meir. A fascinating show!
MICHAEL KUCHWARA, Associated Press
Once in a great while a show slips into town with a great cast and a great story! If you want to see a performance you won't forget, and one which certainly rated the standing ovation the night I saw it, Golda's Balcony is a must see for anyone!"
DAVID RICHARDSON, WOR Radio
William Gibson's play, at once moving and instructive, is packed with history and anecdote!”
MALCOLM JOHNSON, Hartfort Courant