David Drake Productions

 “A familiar truth, proven again: Chemistry works wonders. Somehow, the production of Chuck Ranberg’s End of the World Party at the 47th Street Theater radiates an expansive warmth that thaws cold suspicions about the play's capsule description: seven gay men coming to terms with themselves and one another over a summer on Fire Island. The natural ease of David Drake as Travis offers the first signs that the production will soar beyond its seeming limitations. The gloomy Travis's lover has died, and his friends fear he is becoming a wet blanket. But he is a textured quilt, and Mr. Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me) reveals more of his colors with each turn of the story.”

David DeWitt, The New York Times

“Gay party plays are a queer theatrical tradition, which began, lest we forget with The Boys in the Band. This makes Chuck Ranberg’s End of the World Party definitely a genre, or even a sub-genre piece. But Ranberg, his talented director Matthew Lombardo, and his pitch-perfect ensemble make End of the World Party new, new, new! Outstanding in the outstanding cast is that gay Old Reliable David Drake, who still looks ravishing in a bathing suit.”

Stephen Holt, LGNY

 “The newest figure among the play’s agreeable gay archetypes is the recent AIDS widow who gradually becomes consoled to his loss: David Drake expertly plays him with an anxious edginess and a soft southern accent.”

Michael Sommers, Star-Ledger

 “Winningly paints a portrait of contemporary gay life without allowing the characters to become mere stereotypes. Ranberg’s airy script is given a first rate production at the 47th Street Theater. There isn’t a weak link here -- from direction to lighting to acting. Surprisingly, there isn’t a casting director credited in the pro gram because the entire cast is absolutely perfect, with especially noteworthy performances by Jim J. Bullock and David Drake.”

Ron Lasko, Broadway.com