"Ambitious as it is, WHAT EVER succeeds brilliantly. It is an epic comedy that follows characters from around the country and at every level of society - think of an updated Dickens with a dash of Armistead Maupin."
Off-Off Broadway Review,
October 26th, 1995,
"Woodbury's remarkable, funny, outrageous, profoundly moving and often scarliy brilliant epic carries us from a rave party in Santa Cruz , to the mean streets of the East Village and Times Square in the early 1990's. It sweeps us back to the hippie days of the early 1970's. It infuses us with the memories of the two World Wars. And it makes us feel the momentum of the century by tossing us onto trains, planes, motorboats, and the dangerous front seats of vans whose drivers are still willing to pick up hitch hikers. And when the actress-writer can't get you there on a standard ticket, she sweeps you up and away on a broomstick rideMost crucially, Woodbury is a great humanist. "WHAT EVER," which involves nothing more than the actress, her miraculous voices and a couple of microphones, is a sort of one-woman "Nicholas Nickleby" for the millennium, a Whitmanesque vision of America at the end of the 20th century.
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Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, Monday, October 12th, 1998
"What if the Great American novel turns out to be a piece of theatre? Heather Woodbury's astonishing What Ever may be the nearest thing to an American Ulysses. In scale and ambition, her. epic perhaps exceeds even Joyce.. for the show is an odyssey not for a city but for a sub-continent.Woodbury's America is a haunted place, all desire and no memory, searching for redemption in the richness of human experience. In this new, even more American century, it is as urgently relevant as it is deliriouisly enjoyable.
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Fintan O' Toole, IRISH TIMES,Monday, July 22, 2002
"What Ever," which involves more than 100 characters, has a little bit of everything: highly poetic language and base melodrama, hard-headed realism and cutting satire. There is romance, magic, tragedy and a bracing liberal critique of the world that somehow manages to avoid pessimism and didacticism. With the scale of a Dickens serial and the melodramatic punch of ''The Young and the Restless,'' it is, along with Lily Tomlin's ''Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe'' and Danny Hoch's ''Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop,'' one of the masterworks of the solo form.
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Jason Zinoman, NY Times, August 31st, 2003
"For God's sake check this out! Woodbury is a brilliant writer. Her dialogue is so creative, so positively Joycean, so dense and lyrical in its wordplay that I wished I could read the script simply to have time to enjoy the extreme craft. Woodbury is equally impressive as an actress... as people of different ages, sexes and ethnicities."
Los Angeles Reader,
May 17th, 1996,
"What Ever" is awe-inspiring in its simplicity and power, perhaps because of the amount of thought and energy devoted to telling the story instead of trying to dazzle the audience with pyrotechnics and tap-dancing setsRest assured that it is possible to catch one evening in isolation and still feel as if you've been served a four-course dinner and a smashing dessert. The catch is, once you've dined at Woodbury's table, you find yourself wanting to come back for more tasty treats."
The Austin Chronicle
June 28th, 1996
"Eighteen months ago, performance artist Heather Woodbury created an ENGROSSING feat of endurance and survival called The Heather Woodbury Report. She performed it in serial fashion over 37 shows at the Sidewalk Caf� refining and morphing into each of 100 characters-ravers, witches, CEOs ,housewives. Now, whittled down to 10 hours and 400 pages for a two-month run at Surf Reality, it has attracted a devoted audience of ruminating artists and filmmakerswhen they gather its like the viewers are radiant brainsThey think and so they are fans. Singer Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields says she would close a book and watch TV if 'Heather were on instead of Friends. Then it'd be such a cool Heather Woodbury world.' "
The Village Voice
March 5th, 1996
"Upstairs, in the Steppenwolf Studio, the young California actress/playwright Heather Woodbury is presenting the great surprise of the season: WHAT EVER," her breath-taking four-part, 10-hour, 100-character, one-woman show that showcases both her amazing versatility as an actress and her Dickensian powers as a writer.... In so doing, she is giving one of the best performances of the year in one of the best plays of the year."
Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune,
Monday, October 25th, 1998
"It would be nice if this carefully written, well-crafted, superbly performed show was a harbinger of things to come in the self-indulgent world of solo performers. But I have a feeling that "WHAT EVER" is one of those rare gems that appears once in a decade. Miss it and you'll miss something special"
Jack Helbig, Daily Herald (Chicago), Friday, October 16th, 1998
"In an amazing feat of derring-do, performer and playwright Heather Woodbury wrangles 400 pages of text with her own vocal cords. Watch her shape shift into 100 different characters. Listen to her spin a trans-American odyssey in eight artistically and athletically demanding episodes. It wasn't until I returned that the enormity of what Woodbury has accomplished really hit. Even with her unnervingly accurate ear for speech patterns and dialects and her equally disquieting ability to switch from a Southern housewife to her anxiety-ridden CEO husband and then on to an Oregonian Wicca mother, Woodbury never gets lost in her own virtuosity and her characters never grandstand.... an alluvial flood of talent!"
The Austin-American Statesman,
June 24th, 1996,
"An amazing feat of multiple characterizations and Faulknerian storytelling."
The Los Angeles New Times
"Best of '96" Round-ups,
WINNER Austin Critic's Circle Award Best Out of Town Show
WINNER LA Weekly Award Best Solo Performance Of The Year