Praise for Playing With Fire :
''The fashion of “Moulin Rouge” meets the explosive energy of “The Rocky Horror Show"! Actors were on balconies, immersed in the crowd and shown on monitors. All of these aspects made the show technically brilliant. The cast of the show depict real human emotion and life’s every day struggles. They show what it is like giving your all to a person with a wandering eye and the heartache that comes amidst a painful breakup. It is evident from the start the cast of “Playing with Fire” is full of professionals who truly love their craft. Fun, flirty and sexy.''
Praise for Everybody Dies :
''The entire cast is sublime; they tackle this piece with ferocious energy. STEPHEN DEXTER, playing Tom, delivers a magnetic performance, subtly embellishing it with his quirky facial expressions. In less able hands his role could have been a continuous brunt of a joke. Instead DEXTER gives us a person, odd in all his humanness.''
''STEPHEN DEXTER'S 'Tom', the love interest of the two female leads, does yeoman's work in this piece [and] amuses playing the horny teenager who sees nothing wrong with grabbing his girlfriend's breasts and making contorted faces as he wavers from joining the transitioning to joining Jane in the resistance.''
Praise for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot:
"Poignant and natural...[Dexter] is a true stage animal."
-Peter Marks, The Washington Post
"Under the direction of legendary actress, Estelle Parsons, The Actors Studio puts forth a minimalist production of epic proportions. Breathtaking performances. Anyone looking to discover great downtown performers who deserve to be regulars in the off-Broadway theatre scene should not miss this production."
- Theatre Is Easy
"With a fantastic cast filling roles as diverse as they are spirited, Guirgis’ tragi-comedy about man’s relationship to God finds a fitting home at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre. Each actor performs his or her part with wonderful bravado. The action is so immersive that, in the capable hands of Parsons and her cast, Judas feels more like an actual court case, with the audience serving as spectators or even jury-members, than it does a piece of theater. The final moment of Judas belongs to actor STEPHEN DEXTER, who delivers the show’s closing monologue with perfect flow and extreme pathos. Complete with comedy, tragedy, and a great cast, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a wild ride, full of constant surprises that you won’t want to miss."
- Stage Buddy
"In The Last Days, Guirgis explores blasphemy, faith, selling out, abortion, anti-Semitism, a New York City overrun by “violent devil-worshipping cannibals,” the crucifixion, justice, and personal responsibility that is addressed in a heartfelt monologue by Honeywell (STEPHEN DEXTER) about remorse and regret. The play examines why, at least in theory, Jesus offered forgiveness to everyone except Judas, his onetime bestie, while also holding out hope that he will indeed grant atonement to us all."
- This Week In New York
Praise forAfghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait:
"You can feel the heat and the panic in Daniel Talbott's hallucinatory production, which has the rhythm and texture of a nightmare. It's 'Waiting for Godot' by way of 'Heart of Darkness'. This one will stick with you for a while."
- Time Out NY, ****, "CRITICS PICK"
- New York Times
"The machismo of the modern-day warrior is exposed, and the folly of war revealed, in this explosive and intense new drama."
- Theatre Is Easy
"It's gritty stuff. The acting is uniformly strong and the script packs punches with its unsettling imagery."
- NY Daily News
Praise for 1931 :
''NY Theater Top Ten Pick!''
-NY Daily News
''A complete & total triumph! STEPHEN DEXTER gives the most moving performance of the season!''
- Newark Star-Ledger
''STEPHEN DEXTER is wonderful.''
''STEPHEN DEXTER executes the confusion and pain of his character immaculately, and his chemistry with his lover, from stifled tears to charismatic teasing, was masterful.''
- Washington Square News
''Allie Mulholland's production, darkly lit and minimal, often speaks in the muttered tones of desperation, turning its 13-person cast into an ominous mass of shadowy shapes, with only DEXTER and Moore given a strong chance, which they seize hungrily.''
- The Village Voice
''STEPHEN DEXTER plays Adam, the protagonist, with an iron steel and determination. His performance possesses humanity and a universal appeal; containing exactly the playwrights’ intention. Indeed, we all see a bit of ourselves in Adam’s struggle. Adam is transformed from a hard-working ambitious young man to a homeless, animal-like sub-human. His moments alone on stage are some of the most riveting in the play.''
''It's as vivid and as powerful a lesson today as it was all those decades ago. Outstanding are the actors playing Adam and the girl, STEPHEN DEXTER and Kelsey Moore. Key to the production is the acting company’s sincerity which makes the play compelling viewing.''