For GRUMPY OLD MEN: THE MUSICAL
2018 United States Premiere – Ogunquit Playhouse
— Broadway World
— IRNE Awards
— Portland Press Herald
— Journal Tribune
— The Theater Mirror
— Seacoast Online
— The Forecaster
— Boxing Over Broadway
FOR OTHER PLAYS
"The writer could have turned this into a movie-of-the-week bittersweet drama, but lucky for us, he didn't. He instead gives what feels like the true story of the subtle, emotional and mental gymnastics the mind goes through after the body nearly dies. He does it mostly beneath the surface, with a deft hand and many funny jabs.
"All three [characters] trade a lot of witty, barbed sarcastic remarks and ironic jokes, giving it a real solid foundation in today's attitudes."
— The State, Columbia, SC
"A romantic comedy the likes of which we rarely see on stage these days. We do care about these characters, and we want to know how things will work out between them and why."
— Backstage West (Hollywood)
"It's a real pleasure to report the appearance of a new and genuinely funny play.
"The playwright has a wonderfully inventive comic mind, writing dialogue that is consistently clever and, what's more, continuously funny. Most impressive is his seamlessly merging the disparate genres of farce and romantic comedy, a very difficult trick to pull off.
"What Doesn't Kill Us certainly makes us laugh, and that indeed is therapeutic … the prescription from this corner would be to see it without fail."
— Columbia Free Times, SC
"Everything works; the dialogue's witty and scenes fast-paced . . . Bring a date."
— Hi! Drama
"An underlying theme of self-actualization rings clear.
"A delightful romp, leaving one with a smile and a sense of contentment for life's simpler moments."
— VOX Newspapers, Burlington, VT
"Sharp and funny.
"Certainly, they're [the characters] as self-absorbed as any of Jerry's [Seinfeld] TV gang, but Remmes has fleshed them out to the point where we actually care about each of them.
"Portland audiences are used to seeing plays in development or in workshop . . . take advantage of it; if What Doesn't Kill Us is a New York success, you can say you knew it all along."
— Portland Press Herald, ME
"Hilarious comedy . . . a raucous, wild, comic take on the bizarre twists and turns of dating and love … Pure fun, making for a perfect summer evening at the theatre. Mr. Remmes' play [is] bright and breezy . . . unabashed fun from beginning to end. For those who haven't managed to date lately, What Doesn't Kill Us will come off as wildly funny if improbable. For those who have, it will come across as too, too real and familiar . . . You don't want to miss this one, or you may find yourself heading to New York to pay outrageous prices to enjoy it."
— The Standard Times, MA
— L.A. Weekly
"If what doesn't kill us makes us strong, anyone in need of strengthening—or laughing—should not miss the play What Doesn't Kill Us.
"Dan Remmes presents a superlative script that is brought to enchanting life.
"Imagine being stuck in an elevator with the man whose live-in girlfriend you've been dating . . . you've got a scene that'll keep you chuckling into next week."
— The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
"As the story begins to unfold, the confused relationship and mis-timed love is reminiscent of one of the great romantic comedies, A.R. Guerney's Love Letters. But this contemporary comedy captures the heart and soul of the pop standard bearers of the genre.
"The first act is playful and upbeat, while leaving the audience just enough off balance to wonder what can come next . . . as you begin to feel comfortable with the direction of the play, the second act opens and just continually smacks you on the head.
"A kind of Neil Simon meets Woody Allen."
— The Middleboro Gazette, MA
"Remmes does his best writing with the character of the eccentric bellhop who works in a high-rise hotel but is afraid of elevators . . . late in the second act he has a wonderful 10-minute scene that's a jewel."
— The Daily Californian
"Amanda Jordan and Norman Draper sound like a couple of characters in a Noel Coward play. They're closer to Neil Simon's world, actually, though hip enough about sex to pass as the baffled friends and lovers on Seinfeld or Mad About You."
"That kind of stage writing, with its formulaic mix of wisecracks and feelings, makes Dan Remmes' Night Out a swell vehicle . . ."
— San Diego Union Tribune
"Playwright Remmes had developed personable characters that will have you pulling for each one as this convoluted plot unfolds . . . a sassy comedy full of clever repartee that zings between the delightful characters"
— Punch-In International Syndicate
"I credit the witty and at times poignant writing."
– Stephanie Bray, HOLLYWOOD FRINGE
"The comedy here—and there is good and plenty of it—proceeds almost entirely from the situation . . . these players provide the delivery and timing for this downpour of gag-lines to keep the audience laughing throughout.
"One feels great admiration for playwright Remmes, his seemingly inexhaustible wittiness, his invention of unexpected little turns of events to keep the story rolling out, and especially his delicacy in bringing the whole trifle to an acceptable and not entirely pat conclusion."
— Drama-Logue (Hollywood)
AS AN ACTOR
—Backstage, New York City
"The role of Barnette Lloyd, happy to parade his professionalism and three-piece suit before Babe, whom he not so secretly admires, is well done by Dan Remmes."
—Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
¨Remmes gives an affecting portrayal of the conflicted son in this piece."
—NY Theatre Briefs
"Liver for Breakfast was terrifically acted by Dan Remmes"
"Solidly acted by Dan Remmes"
—New York Theatre Experience, Inc. (NYTheatre.com)
"Dan Remmes as Amos Hart turns in a superb performance . . . and when Amos whines that no one notices him in his show stopper, Mister Cellophane, Remmes is anything but brushed under the rug."
—The Observer, Medford, MA
—Punch-in International Syndicate
"Dan Remmes plays a hilarious drunken, drug-taking young man."
—Jewish Times, Long Island, NY
"With the help of talented actors (Remmes is not too shabby himself) and finely tuned direction, What Doesn't Kill Us succeeds in making us laugh mercilessly . . ."
—Night Life, Los Angeles
"She has a devoted and clever boyfriend, Karl (an adorable Dan Remmes) . . ."
—Night Life, Los Angeles
Dan Remmes acquits himself nicely as Tom the vet."
"Dan Remmes has the difficult job of keeping the rather simple Tom from becoming a joke, but he succeeds admirably."