Entries in Reviews (4)

Monday
Nov242014

Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe - Review Roundup

Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe has been playing for sold out houses throughout the month of November and will close December 7. Molotov Theatre Group specializes in horror and suspense, and we have had the pleasure of creeping out many Poe fans during the course of the run thus far.
 

Photo: Kristin Jackman

I have the privilege of playing Edgar Allan Poe himself. My constant objective was to deliver the Poe that his fans would want. It was a long, challenging process of creating the character, and you can read more about that process in an article I authored for DC Metro Theatre Arts.

The reviews for the show have been overwhelmingly positive. Here is a sample of some reactions:

"Elliott Kashner strikes a dashing and tortured figure as Poe."
~DC Theatre Scene 

"Kashner does a wonderful job portraying the mad genius, and besides having the physical attributes of young Poe, Kashner gives him a voice that is much more than a narrator, but one who is also a puppet master or 'crypt keeper', given the genre."
~Broadway World 

"Nightfall’s cast of six were impeccably exact as Poe’s characters and narrators, obviously taking great care and pleasure in the theatrical flourishes of madness."
~MD Theatre Guide 

"...as Kashner’s Poe hangs over the pit, certain that he is about to fall eternally to his doom, you’ll believe his racing pulse."
~DC Metro Theatre Arts

 The show itself is now Helen Hayes recommended. There is only one weekend weekend left in the run. Get your tickets here.

Friday
May162014

Light of Night - Review Roundup

Light of Night runs now through June 1 at Venus Theatre. Written by Cecilia Copeland, this play is incredibly dangerous. It challenges the audience on many different levels, and based on on first week, may overwhelm some. Despite how dark things get, Light of Night is ultimately a hopeful and uplifting play. In the Latin retelling of the Persephone myth, before we get to heaven, we have to go through hell.

Photo: Curtis Jordan

I play Jim, a charismatic husband who deeply loves his wife. However, by the end of the first act, it becomes clear that the relationship is deeper than darker than we first think. Jim is an incredibly complicated and terrifying. It has been incredibly difficult stepping into Jim's skin, and getting into that character has been incredibly taxing.

So far, we have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, which is especially rewarding considering the number of big risks we've taken to stage this work.

Here are what some of the reviews have had to say.

Kashner delivers a striking stage presence, particularly when responding to both female characters in scenes near the end of the performance. His working chemistry, not to be confused with that of the loving and affectionate kind, is startling and intense.
~Amanda Gunther, DCMTA

The most challenging role is played by Elliott Kashner who finds ways to make the character of Jim work even at the most difficult moments. It is a powerful performance that has taken up an uncomfortable residence in this reviewer’s memory.
~Steven McKnight, DC Theatre Scene 

The Venus Theatre Play Shack is a small and intimate space, so I would recommend getting tickets sooner rather than later. You can get tickets and see the performance schedule here. Be prepared for a show that will be difficult to watch, but rewarding at the same time.

Thursday
Sep192013

Come Blow Your Horn - Review Roundup

In case you have some free time between now and October 12, it would be worth you time to come by The American Century Theater to enjoy our performance of Come Blow Your Horn. I play Alan Baker, a swinging bachelor from the 1960s.

Photo: Johannes Markus

If you are the type of read the reviews first, here's what the critics had to say (specifically about me, because... well... this is my website):

"Elliot Kashner is impressive in the central role of Alan. His savoir faire oozes off the stage as he brings an exasperated charm to the Manhattan playboy who is cruising through life with no worries, no commitments and no depth."
~The Connection 

"The acting skills employed by both Mr. Kashner and Mr. Alferov are what will draw audiences to The American Century Theater to witness and take in some remarkable comedic talent."
~DC Metro Theater Arts

"Kashner exudes cool confidence as a man who thinks he has everything figured out..."
~Talking Broadway

"[Kashner] never loses his cool as he steers the show through a flurry of implausible yet entertaining action."
~DC Theatre Scene 

The entire ensemble gives some killer performances. Come on out and share in a couple laughs. Tickets are on sale now, although several of the shows are sold-out already! Visit The American Century Theater to see which nights still have seats left. See you there!

Thursday
Feb162012

Reviews for Almost, Maine

The reviews are in for my show Almost, Maine at 1st Stage. Overall, critics and other audience members have been really enjoying the performances The show has two more weeks left, and it’s been selling extraordinarily well.

Since you are on this site, you are probably curious about reviews of my performance in particular:

“Kashner speaks clearly and articulates his love in ways that most people only dream of ever doing. His defining characteristic is the way he physically plays off others.”
            ~MD Theatre Guide

“Kashner is the epitome of physical comedy…”
            ~MD Theatre Guide

“Elliot Kashner provides an impressive first performance at the 1st Stage with his depiction of quirky and thoughtful characters.”
            ~The Tysons Corner Blog

“Kashner gets quickly to the essence of his characters.”
            ~The Connection

I’m quite flattered, and I was interested to hear the feedback about the show, especially from the MD Theatre Guide. I had never really thought of myself as a particularly physical actor. The Washington Post in their review also highlights my scene with the phenomenal Jonathan Lee Tailor, a very physical scene.

These notes regarding physicality have encouraged me to try to push the envelope a little bit with the physical character of Frankenstein (see previous post). If that works, I’ll keep pushing with Pentheus in The Bacchae at WSC Avant Bard (my next show).

In a conversation with one of my peers, his critique included the thought that my characters (I play five characters) were not vocally distinct enough. I agreed with this comment, so to further my development, my focus really needs to include continue working on how to manipulate and control my voice.

Reviews:

dctheatrescene.com
MD Theatre Guide
Connection Newspapers
showbizradio.net
thetysonscorner.com
Washington Examiner
Washington Post