"Brings to mind the vitality that distinguished the early Off-Off Broadway work of artists like Sam Shepard only a generation ago."
"A thoroughly original and frequently hilarious new play."
"The Pied Pipers manages to entertain, educate, and titillate."
"The sort of theater that needs to be done: it's vital, alive, and full of unsquandered possibilities."
"Derek Ahonen's complex characters make The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side the meaningful play that it is."
"The thing that strikes me, several days after having seen The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, is that I do still care about the characters that Derek Ahonen has created and that The Amoralists have brought to life."
"The happiest surprise of the season... Ahonen has written full, complex characters, and the committed cast approaches them with sincerity and heart. This is exciting work, fresh and refreshing."
"A sharply observed, classically constructed and written show by Derek Ahonen... Considerably smart and complex... What I particularly loved about the show is that Ahonen takes these four people and their dreams serious."
"Ahonen starts with what seems to be a hippie-era slice of life, but artfully steers his play into something far more."
"Love stories don't come any purer than this."
"The sheer scope of this piece -- touching on religion, environmentalism, economics, anarchy, vegetarianism, sexuality, and much more -- makes it endlessly admirable."
"A funny and illuminating look at the struggles of contemporary Manhattan young people who are trying to hold on to their revolutionary ideals. There is a Cassavetes feel to the long, meandering documentary-style scenes in which laughter and explosions of rage seem to come out of nowhere but are always true to the characters we are observing."