Third Rail Rep review: Who says comedy's not pretty? 'Penelope' is a beaut
"As smart and barbed as Walsh’s writing is, by turns touchingly poetic and hilariously crass, it helps immensely that we’re watching a tight-knit cast of Third Rail stalwarts, directed by Philip Cuomo, adept at riding the line that darts here between hammy theatricality and psychological understatement." - The Oregonian
Talkin’ loud and sayin’ too much.
"There’s the vain, rambling Dunne (Tim True, whose physicality powers much of the production’s humor); the subservient Burns (an understated Christopher David Murray); the sad and scholarly Fitz (an endearing Bruce Burkhartsmeier); and the bombastic Quinn (Michael O’Connell, in an appropriately over-the-top performance), who forgoes philosophical musings for a ridiculous pantomime of legendary courtships." - Willamette Week
Third Rail’s ‘Penelope’ is a romp
"In 90 minutes, Christopher David Murray, Michael O’Connell, Tim True and Bruce Burkhartsmeier rant and snivel, wrestle and burlesque, boast and buckle under the weight of their impossible labor, which is more enduring themselves and their own company than it is winning Penelope’s hand. It’s big acting, successfully tamed by director Philip Cuomo, broad then small and intense, comic then tragic." - OR ArtsWatch
Desperately Seeking Penelope
"But the script's blend of humor and pathos is deftly handled in what is, above all, an admirably ambitious production—a reminder of why Third Rail deserves that reputation for presenting some of the best, most challenging work in town." - Portland Mercury
More Than Just a Pretty Face
"The acting is outstanding from these four Third Rail vets as their characters battle words, egos, and occasionally strength...and it should be said that Demetri Pavlatos’ decaying set is incredible." - Portland Monthly
'Penelope' at the Third Rail: 'The Odyssey' becomes reality (TV)
The only U.S. troupe to stage it before Third Rail has been Chicago's prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company. For a mid-size regional company such as Third Rail to land performance rights to such a hot property this early is a feather in its cap.