"I cannot rave about this show enough, and I don’t give ultra-ravel 5-star reviews unless I really mean it.
Douglass/Dorothy Truth is an immaculate performer, a startling and exquisite gem of an artist in every way. Everything about this show — the conception of it all, the superb artistry, the original character, the entertainment value, the lasting impact — were all absolutely amazing, and then some.
I can’t even begin to convey the brilliance of Truth’s style of humor — almost painfully subtle, in a way that first seems to belie and then enhance the depth of its extraordinarily intricate cleverness — and his delivery and comic timing, along with his storytelling finesse, are astoundingly spot on. At times you have thought the story was about to dip into some kind of trite preachiness, but Truth somehow manages to avoid this, despite the way the subject matter almost directs him to do so.
And that’s just the artistic merits — don’t even get me started on all the feels. I think everyone in there was either crying (in between giggling) or was feeling like it, but in absolutely the best way. And don’t think you’re going to come out of there with dark sad feels either — more like a profound and unashamed upliftedness, even if you think you are typically above that.
I don’t want to give away too much here, but just trust me that you will want to see this show no matter what and no matter who you are. I honestly didn't think it sounded like it was for me, but I got talked into it and squeezed time out of an insanely hectic week, and boy and I glad I did. "
—from Boulder Fringe Festival
“I recently saw a 90 minute one-man (or shall I say, one-woman) show, An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself, that is right for Santa Cruz audiences. The creator's delivery, story-telling chops and comic timing unfold a sublime tale about who death is and what to expect when she arrives. Douglass Truth is Dorothy, a meatloaf-phobic waitress. She goes to a bar after a bad day on the cafeteria line and meets Tod, who turns out to be the Grim Reaper. In the course of an understated, unpretentious, poignant and tender, droll and massively ambitious performance, Dorothy helps her audience relate to death without flinching, and with abundant amusement.
‘Douglass Truth is the love child of Garrison Keillor and Spaulding Gray,’ according to one critic. The night I attended the theater in Grass Valley, I would have said he's the offspring of Eddie Izzard and Lily Tomlin. George Carlin might have been in the wings nodding and chuckling, impressed at the power of Dorothy's language, without reliance on 4-letter words or slang. The show is a pleasure to listen to for Boomers, their parents, and their grand-children.”
"The forbidden topic of death jumps to the stage wearing a bright red jacket to put a smile on people’s faces. Death, also known as la Muerte and Doña Sebastiana, brings exciting “new options and upgrades”! An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself, by Douglass Truth, takes the audience for a ride into a terrain that many of us aren’t too comfortable with. But even the most reluctant death fearers will be happy they embarked on this trip, because they will come out of it with a new perspective about the end of life, and quite a joyous one. They will even receive Death pre registration cards, with choices about afterlife preferences (which include rebirth, heavens with or without cheese and hell on wheels) and a blank space for regrets. (Don’t we all have some?) A hilarious show about a user-friendly experience of Death."
—Teresa D., Taos News
"I thought Douglass' show was wonderful. It was of course entertaining, but what really struck me is that the entertainment and the humor was a means to relax ego so that when he shot his arrows, they could really get in.."
“Fantastic! The most unique and extraordinary solo performance I've ever seen. PLEASE don't miss this mesmerizing solo piece by Douglass Truth. I promise you that you have NEVER seen anything like this.”
"ENGROSSING, FUNNY, HERETICAL, BEAUTIFUL"
—Boulder Fringe Festival
"Funny creative, fresh, and poignant; a brilliant show, entertaining start to finish.
A wonderful message without being preachy. Doug has a gift to both entertain and provoke thoughtful introspection."
—David Swetman, Chaplain, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, retired.
“One of the best coming-out stories I’ve ever heard.”
—Boulder Fringe Festival
“Can Death die? He can if he has trained his replacement. This is the story of how Death enlisted and trained a middle-aged waitress named Dorothy to take over this valuable and necessary service. Dorothy is played with sweet understatement by Douglass Truth who also wrote this solo show. Truth has a face as comfy as a well-worn pair of jeans. You can tell he has been through a lot, but that has only deepened the expressiveness of his face. Like Eddie Izzard, Truth dresses femininely with makeup and pearls, but is not a drag queen. There is no exaggeration about either Truth or Dorothy. And yet in Dorothy’s quiet way, there is a great deal of humor.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DEATH, HERSELF is funny, touching and sweet, but never mawkish. When it comes time for me, I can only hope to be guided by Dorothy to the other side!
—Jean Tait - reviewer @ offbroadway.com
"Looked for a local play for an online English assignment and found yours. Dragging my feet after a long day at work, and just wanted to come, see and go home. AND the night turned out to be a belly laughing, cheek hurting, wonderful evening. Long time lover of the theatre, this was my first time to Off Center Stage. As I walked out last night, with my mom, we repeated some of the funny things we heard until she dropped me off at home. Thank you for giving us a new perspective.”
“Douglass (and Dorothy) Truth's show last night "Death as a Salesman" at Off Center Stage was soooo good--funny, moving, wise, true, beautiful--what more could you ask? This is what art can do, remind us of our living, the preciousness... of each moment, help us laugh, cry, celebrate, wake up. Thank you, DT!"
- Maxima Kahn
"I laughed. I cried. Dorothy Truth kept us on the edge of our seats! What a great show! Highly recommended. Death is definitely more user-friendly now that Dorothy has done her PR gig... "
WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE. It’s a cold, hard, fact. Douglass Truth thinks this is seriously hilarious.
—Tom Durkin, Nevada Union
“Speaking of Painfully Good, last fall I took a trip up to Nevada City to experience Dorothy Truth”s one woman show, Death as a Salesman. Dorothy is the mysterious twin sister of Nevada City painter Douglass Truth. (Douglass’ fantastic paintings are also Painfully Good, but that will be the subject of another post…)
This absurdly hilarious show combines humor and gender bending with the serious topic of Death and how to make your inevitable encounter w/ the big guy (a.k.a. Todd) more bearable.
Dorothy tells the story of her beginnings as an invisible child struggling for cookies and a nesting area in the Truth household and how she eventually gets hired as a Public Relations manager for the New Death Incorporated.
Truth’s play is, in effect, a traveling infomercial for The New Death, designed to both test new marketing strategies and to educate consumers.”
—Vicki Carr, Painfully Good Blog