Reviews

Noble Savage, Savage Noble (Theatre Projects Manitoba, 2003, Playwrights Canada Press, 2004)

“Armstrong is a very gifted writer. This is one of the best-written plays by a Manitoban I have seen on Winnipeg stages probably for five years. So this guy can write. And this is a play that should have life beyond this production. I hope to see it on other stages across the country.”

  • Robert Enright, CBC Radio

“His precise measuring of intelligent banter and full-strength loopiness in Noble Savage appeals to those theatre-goers seeking smart fun.”

  • Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

“what impresses me as new and fascinating about [Morris Panych’s] What Lies Before Us and Noble Savage, Savage Noble is the precision of Panych and Armstrong’s aim, each going beyond historical revisionism in that each seeks out the core of the matter, a convincing representation of a Canadian nationalist, colonial founding myth. I’m also delighted by the playfulness and sleight-of-hand with which each writer deflates that self-defining myth…. they are very good, very funny plays specifically addressed to Canadian audiences.”

-Chris Johnson, Canadian Association of Theatre Research

Dadolescence (Turnstone Press, 2011)

“In his literary debut, about a hapless stay-at-home dad, Winnipeg playwright Bob Armstrong displays ample talents as a comic novelist…. The result is pure, page-turning hilarity – and, for Bill [the protagonist], a little bit of enlightenment.”

-Ria Julien, Winnipeg Free Press

“Dadolescence is entertaining and amusing. But like all good novels, it can be read on several levels. Beneath the surface humor, it raises profound questions about meaning and identity in contemporary North America. It is a packed, layered work that should be read more than once.”

-Graeme Voyer, Prairie Fire Magazine

“In Dadolescence, Armstrong has captured that difficult period in the life of every Gen-Xer, when it becomes time to unload the vinyl evidence of one’s ‘youthful audio anglophilia’ at a garage sale, and finally begin to grow up.”

-Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

Haven (Winnipeg Fringe, 2009)

“a polished piece of theatre that is one part psychological study, one part mystery and one part Canadiana.” (Four stars)

-Julie Carl, Winnipeg Free Press

Tits on a Bull (Winnipeg Fringe, 2007)

“Local playwright Bob Armstrong’s diary of a mad house husband is such a fine piece of writing it should be destined for the humour section in a bookstore near you. … Funny and fast-paced, this show belongs on your fringe to-do list.” (Five stars)

Pat St. Germain, Winnipeg Free Press

You Are Here (Winnipeg Fringe, 2005)

“The pleasure in You Are Here lies in a good tale and fascinating history lesson, complete with a few digs at th extreme sports phenom. The time flies by. Very enjoyable.” (Four stars)

-Al Rae, CBC

Flyoverville (Winnipeg Fringe, 2002)

“Flyoverville is destined to be a talker, debated by parents and young people long after the Fringe has wrapped up.” (Four stars)

-Winnipeg Free Press