Reviews

  • Joseph Small plays various servants and page type characters throughout the play and he is a brilliant example of how to make a choice and really go for it. As a result of his dedication to his smaller roles, he brings a lot of the humor and fun to the production even though he is not on stage for very long.
    — Laura Bozzone (The Taming of the Shrew, ShakespeareNYC)

  • Giving Joseph Small the part of the widow who is in love with one of Bianca's suitors is astute. Small has wondrous ways of making a character ridiculous but not silly.
    — The New York Times: D.J.R. Bruckner (The Taming of the Shrew, Kings County Shakespeare Company)

  • Joseph Small adds a nice turn as the bailiff.
    — The New York Times: Wilborn Hampton (Tartuffe, Jean Cocteau Repertory)

  • As played by Joseph Small, the diminutive gentleman, befuddled by the impertinent romantic antics of his courting son, bellows and sputters paternal tirades and polemics with exquisite exasperated delivery and in the frisky spirit the author intended. His is one of several finely wrought performances that elevate the director's smooth staging.
    — Back Stage: Diane Snyder (The Rivals, Kings County Shakespeare Company)

  • Joseph Small is most endearing as the rejected suitor.
    — Back Stage: Irene Backalenick (The Playboy of the Western World, Theatre Ten Ten)

  • Joseph Small has turned William Carlos Williams' life, poems, and stories into theatre and has succeeded brilliantly . . . an embarrassment of riches. 
    — Back Stage: Victor Gluck (beside the white chickens)

  • The performance attempts — and succeeds —  in capturing both the visual and lyrical quality of Williams' poetry. The delivery is well-timed and there is none of the self-consciousness which often destroys such performances.
    — Review Magazine, Edinburgh: Oonah McNeile (beside the white chickens,
    Edinburgh International Fringe Festival)

  • Interesting, intelligent one-man show. Enlightening, moving and humourous. simple and penetrant.
    — The Evening News, Edinburgh: Tony McManus (beside the white chickens,
    Edinburgh International Fringe Festival)

  • Written and performed by Small with simple glowing honesty. An immediately engaging performer. Small created and sustained a warm inviting world, in the process also providing a lovely, lyrical and completely winning example of quietly spectacular theatre.
    — OOBR: Doug DeVita (
    beside the white chickens)

  • There was also a phalanx of players who contributed performances worthy of this production and Wilde most particularly Joseph Small's Mr. Dumby, both supercilious and sincere.
    — OOBR: David Mackler (Lady Windermere's Fan, Woman Seeking)

  • A special word of praise to Joseph Small, who did great and wonderful things with Biondello. 
    —  OOBR: David Mackler (The Taming of the Shrew, Hawk & Handsaw)

  • Every nutter, stutter and sputter [was] intoxicatingly sublime.
    — OOBR: Doug DeVita (The Rivals, Kings County Shakespeare Company)

  • Joseph Small is a character actor's character actor.
    —  OOBR: David Mackler (Hamlet, Kings County Shakespeare Company)

  • Even the cameos and background players go full throttle, as evidenced by Joseph Small's Tailor and Page (from the Christopher Sly introduction, left complete intact). 
    — The Advocate, Connecticut: E. Kyle Minor (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare on the Sound)

  • An ensemble performance glittering with detail and nuance. The cast dazzles its audience with razor-sharp timing and expressive body language.
    — The Times, Little Rock, Arkansas: Christy L. Smith (You Can't Take It With You, Arkansas Rep)

  • The gifted Joseph Small goes straight over the top with the high-wired role of the scientist and serves up some of the more openly satirical scenes.
    — NYTheatre.com: Spencer Chandler (Faint, New York International Fringe Festival)

  • Joseph Small becomes a satirical emblem of Middle American tackiness.
    — Back Stage: Andy Propst (Faint, New York International Fringe Festival)

  • "Joseph hadn't done many commercials. The reason I felt he was good is that he had a certain theatricality that I thought went with the spot. His theatrical experience did come in handy. The guy could do the lines over and over, which you don't always find in untrained actors." 
    — Director Eric Marciano in an interview in Back Stage with commercial casting directors.