Accolades and Press

 Nominations & Awards

At its world premiere in the Planet Connections Festivity Theatre Festival in Manhattan during the summer of 2016, The Pink Hulk won Best Director of a Solo Show, and was nominated for Best Performance of a Solo Show as well as Best Overall Production of a Solo Show.

The Pink Hulk was also awarded a Congeniality Award and Planet Activist Award, raising funds and awareness for Mary’s Place by the Sea.

The Pink Hulk was awarded the
Queen’s Medal for Valour Performance Award,
presented to an exceptional performer who brings bravery, grace, and humor
to extraordinary circumstances in 
the 2017 SaraSolo Festival!

The Pink Hulk was also awarded The Best Survivor Award,
at the 2017 Pittsburgh Fringe


Reviews

DC Metro Theatre Arts Review

“Valerie uses her wit and talent to soar over the hurdles cancer puts before her. And she manages to approach this whole chapter of her life with a wonderful sense of humor and love. It’s heartwarming to see how David moved past her vulnerabilities, found her inner superhero and not once, but twice, kicked cancer’s ass. [Valerie] David’s story, by turns comical and heartbreaking, demonstrates that obstacles can be overcome and that we each have a superhero inside us. I recommend this show to anyone who enjoys authentic, well-performed theater and to anyone needing a reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. I try to avoid reviewer clichés, but in this case I can’t help myself because I so rarely have this experience: The Pink Hulk literally made me laugh and made me cry.”

Broadway World Review

“Valerie David has a comic’s timing, a turn for sketch artistry, and a standup comedian’s comfort with making discomforting confessions. She is good company, funny, exuberant, passionate, despairing, maternal and daughterly, sometimes a bit raunchy, and always candid. Her show would be great briefing for women facing a breast cancer diagnosis, but also makes a fine evening of theater.”

“The very same week that Wonder Woman lands in movie theaters across the country for the first time, Valerie David arrives in Cincinnati, offering her own version of a superhero live and in person. The Pink Hulk is the playwright and actor’s passionate and comical solo show about her second battle with cancer. 

Through it all, her endless passion for life, love of great sex and unbreakable sense of humor transforms her into the “Pink Hulk.” By the end, both she and her audience have shared both laughter and tears. With each new anecdote, David seems to live through these life-altering experiences all over again. Her energy onstage is contagious; she has a true talent for making her audience feel what she feels. 

David’s journey to take back control from the cancer that threatened to steal her femininity is entrancing and inspiring. Cancer-free again since 2015, her “Pink Hulk” is certainly a modern-day superhero.” 

The Bad Oracle Review

“This week, I needed a fucking American hero.  And I found one.  And her name is Valerie David. She’s hilarious, warm, and incredibly sexy.  As she recounts and reforms pieces of her life right in front of us, it’s like sitting at the table with your favorite, sharpest, funniest girlfriend. Right away, you feel her love for the audience, her ache for our solidarity, her instance on getting fucking real. She’s powerful, and powerfully grounded, spreading her feet into a equilateral triangle, defiantly proclaiming herself not just our hero, but her own. The Pink Hulk is a triumphant, crazily fucking uplifting tonic for the pain that I’m feeling and Valerie David is a goddess. It is a screamingly funny, shockingly genuine beam of light into the long, dark hallway that is cancer. I’m with her. I’m with all the hers.”

Pittsburgh in the Round

“That Valerie David was able to turn her experience into a play and has the blind courage as a performer to speak about her time in the fire with such candor is nothing short of a demonstration of her many gifts as an artist. If you or a loved one has been affected by any type of cancer, I’d follow David and try to see The Pink Hulk…the play is also immensely rewarding.” 

“Valerie David bares her soul and owns the stage as she reveals the darkest time of her life… She holds back nothing, is brutally honest and frank. This is uncomfortable and frightening but David’s skill for storytelling puts me on the edge of my seat, almost immediately feeling an alliance with her.  She uses minimal props and I am tempted to say, they could actually be eliminated altogether as her narrative and stage presence are engaging enough.” 

hilobrow.com

“Clever, crazy, wicked and wise, The Pink Hulk makes peace with human vulnerability and fights for life with a raging joy.”

 

hidrama.com

“Throughout, Ms. David’s warmth, humor and energy shine through her performance.”
“Highly entertaining!”

Sarasota Your Observer Publication: Write-up

Arts for Health Sarasota-Manatee/Theatre Performance Promotes Positive Health Outcomes

Broadway World: Charm City Fringe Write-up

Broadway World Pittsburgh Fringe Write-up

The New Yorker: Write-up

 

Through my Pink Hulk performances, money was raised for the cancer organizations: Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove, NJ; Reach Out for Life in Richmond, VA; The Indianapolis Chapter of Susan G. Komen; The Pittsburgh Chapter of FORCE; and The National Brain Tumor Society.