Tony Abatemarco in the role of Mark Rothko,
From the first moments of the play, Tony Abatemarco’s stage presence is riveting. Aside from looking a bit like Rothko, Abatemarco leaves no doubt that he is fully invested in the work, which is highly intellectual, passionate, and, at times, spellbinding. Rothko’s ego seems monumental, but there is always the undercurrent of pain and loneliness in Abatemarco’s portrayal.
Blistered Hands and Bloody Mouths at Zombie Joe’s Underground
If Jo Van Fleet and Susan Tyrrell had been able to procreate, their creative demon spawn would surely have been Valorie Hubbard, who gives a courageously unflattering and boldly off-kilter performance as the alcoholic Southern landlady in Sam LaFrance’s delightfully twisted new theatrical bloodfest.
Virginia Kull in the role of Avery,
Rapture, Blister, Burn at Geffen Playhouse
She may play an overly enthusiastic character who hasn’t got a clue, but Virginia Kull knows what’s what in creating that character. She gives Avery an uninhibited physicality that bumps up against the intellectual challenges of studying with and from more-experienced, more-educated women. Kull then lets the humor breathe, while she stays energized and “in the moment.”
Patrick Stafford in the role of Ken,
As abstract expressionist Mark Rothko’s eager, headstrong assistant Ken, this intense young thesp wisely keeps his fires slowly banked, so that when he needs to attack his mentor’s hypocrisy and misanthropy, Ken can come out with all guns blazing. A smart, sensitive take on a difficult role.
Kevin Stidham in the role of Sherlock Holmes,
Sherlock Through the Looking Glass, Porters of Hellsgate at Whitmore Lindley Theatre
“Kevin Stidham wades effortlessly through reams of Holmes’s deductive jargon while exuding a buoyant sense of humor.”
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