Where's Dick? is a sassy, grotesque, funny, merrily mean-spirited new opera that satirizes the sex and violence of modern society.
Mark Swed, The Wall Street Journal
American opera has usually made the bad mistake of building on other people's cultures. Here, Mr. Wallace gives us a panorama of indigenous Americana from Fats Waller to Philip Glass. Like Leonard Bernstein, Mr. Wallace fragments meters, leaping from one time signature to the next. The musical materials are skillfully, often imaginatively, manipulated. Where's Dick? is the type of musical stage work that we ought to be pursuing.
Bernard Holland, New York Times
A grisly comic book indictment of the American credo. Both grotesque and sublime, the show should splatter its blood on many another stage.
Leighton Kerner, The Village Voice
If Pee-Wee Herman's Big Adventure had been scripted by Jean Genet, the result might have been Where's Dick?....which may well be the most cynically amoral opera since The Coronation of Poppea. Wallace's music is a dazzling hybrid of minimalist technique and American pop idioms - bebop, soul, jazz, blues, R&B ballads. Korie's tale includes kidnapping, murder, transvestitism, intersexuality, sado-masochism, and pox-on-all-your-houses raspberries at religion, the law, capitalism and high society. This vision of total corruption is mitigated by a rather cheerful nihilism and an often brilliantly funny, if vulgar, script.
Mike Greenberg, San Antonio Express News
David Gockley had to have a lot of balls to produce Where's Dick? In its attempt to deal with such timely issues as child abuse, fake evangelists, urban violence and America's growing dependence on drugs (which are represented in the opera by pickles), Where's Dick? combines an Animal House sense of humor with the comic book level of political awareness that has resulted from eight years of Reaganism. This extremely contemporary piece is a welcome addition to the operatic repertoire. Where's Dick? will continue to outrage and entertain audiences for years to come.
George Heymont, San Francisco Bay Area Reporter