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  • Emily Hageman:
    26 Jul. 2018
    This play is one of the best I've read on NPX. It's more than deserving of its awards. In fact, it needs more awards. Lots more awards--all of them. It is funny and tense and realistic and absolutely terrifying and timely and the structure is so perfect and I don't think I'll ever stop thinking about this play. I feel like I just took a masterclass. Expect to see Stephanie Alison Walker's name a LOT more with writing like this. Read this play immediately and then produce it with your best actors, best designers, and best director.
  • Rachel Mock:
    4 Jun. 2018
    This play is incredibly timely, relevant, and well handled. The dialogue is extremely well crafted, and the characters are complex and multi-dimensional. I would love to see this production staged. Heck, I would love to be in a production. There's a lot to unpack here, no matter which side of the issues you land on. Excellent play that leaves you really thinking about your own beliefs and stances.
  • Ignition Arts:
    28 May. 2018
    A masterful piece for the right foursome with strong scenes for F/F, M/F and M/M. Well-crafted, excellently paced, and a scene study dream. Fully locked and loaded.
  • Hannah Vaughn:
    26 May. 2018
    This is an extremely well-crafted and deeply engaging play. I connected with the characters and was drawn into this world and the relationships. I think it will leave a lot of readers and audiences facing important questions about their own beliefs and behaviors.
  • Kari Bentley-Quinn:
    14 May. 2018
    A prescient and important play that flips the script on liberal attitudes towards gun ownership, and becomes a powerful piece about what it is like to be in the skin of a woman. It doesn't take sides as much as it challenges strongly held beliefs, while also being a deeply feminist work that surprised me at every turn. I could not put it down.
  • Jessie Salsbury:
    29 Apr. 2018
    Was very lucky to see this play in progress at a Unicorn Theatre reading in Kansas City. Everyone has certain biases and beliefs, and this play invests in confronting them. What if, even in the most 'liberal' mindset, we are closed off to learning and growing our opinions? It is, however, not a one-themed play. Women's self-protection and spousal relationships are also a strong underlying theme that push into the work. Well done and extremely timely.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    21 Apr. 2018
    I love how complex and complicated Walker allows all the characters to be. FRIENDS WITH GUNS deals with character first, and then the issue at hand, which is what I want from every play. Another excellent aspect of the script is the easy comedy and honesty in the dialogue. I'd run to see this in production, highly recommend!
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    13 Apr. 2018
    This play was selected for a slot in the 2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. Our audience was extremely responsive to the challenging perspectives Stephanie presents. It is not often you find a play about such a polarizing issue that can speak truth to both sides in a deeply impactful way. Our audience was also engaged by how surprisingly FUNNY this play is! The musicality of the dialogue and the quick witted humor are both disarming and impactful. This is an important play that will cause you reexamine how you look at guns.
  • David Valdes:
    28 Nov. 2017
    Friends with Guns offers just what a contemporary play should: discomfort for everyone. By turns hilarious and dark, it constantly turns the tables on its characters and its audiences.
  • Jeanette Farr:
    14 Nov. 2017
    Steeped in current issues and timely debates, this poignant and well-crafted play takes you on a journey of real and genuine people in tricky situations. The impact of this work is a thrill, exciting, and surprising. Walker's use of humor makes you comfortable while sudden twists and jolts can trigger and shock you into self-reflection. If you want your audiences talking (isn't that why we go to the theatre?) this is the play to produce - Powerful piece of work that will stick with me for a long time.

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