Pasternak’s hyperactive, raunchy Mercutio steals every. Single. Scene. He is in. You can’t help looking at him. He demands your attention. He’s a foul-mouthed comedy show of one.
Lisa Gauthier Mitchison, Indianapolis Theatre Reviews; photo by Zack Rosing
The intensity and range Pasternak brings to some of Shakespeare’s most memorable speeches is astounding, making his performance a character study for anyone who may wish to take on the role at a future date. You’d expect that his “Once more unto the breech” monologue would be a powerful high point and in that you’ll not be disappointed. Nor will you want for divine inspiration in his St. Crispin’s Day speech, which rouses his hesitant men on into the David & Goliath battle of Agincourt so thoroughly that you may find yourself ready to rise from your seat and join them. Yet it is alone on the stage during his “Upon the king!” soliloquy that Pasternak reveals his real brilliance... there is no doubt that this charismatic actor has burrowed into the very heart and soul of a complex king and ripped open his own in the process. It is award-worthy work and well-deserved. --Ellen Dostal, Broadway World
Most importantly, the actor who plays Henry, SSC veteran Charles Pasternak, is superb. From the first scene to the last, Pasternak adds multiple dimensions to Henry’s character via body language, subtle glances, dramatic pauses, and attention-commanding delivery. When Henry’s enraged, the audience can feel the heat, and when he’s attempting to woo the French princess, Catherine of Valois—and failing miserably—it’s impossible not to blush. --Jenna Brogan, Good Times, Santa Cruz
Charles Pasternak turns in a flawless performance in Indiana Repertory Theatre's season opener comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. --Elizabeth Musgrave, Gotta Go
(As Valentine) Pasternak’s Shakespearean training shines through in a sparkling performance full of nuance and understanding. --Ken Klingenmeier, A Seat on the Aisle
Charles Pasternak, who was Hotspur in last season's "Henry IV," is a wonderfully wily and subtle Octavius Caesar. --Chuck Lavazzi, On St. Louis
Charles Pasternak’s petulant Claudio smolders with a short fuse that explodes at their wedding. --Michael Sommers, The New York Times
Charles Pasternak explored Oedipus as a nimble politician, facing his public with a regal demeanor and calming the masses with inspired rhetoric. He even seemed to recall a bit of John F. Kennedy’s oratorical style. As the show progressed and his life unraveled, you could see this very public presence crack and shrink from his noble persona. As the terrible truth was revealed to him, Oedipus seemed to devolve, physically and mentally, into a disturbed and broken animal. Pasternak’s commanding performance grippingly shows the fall of this great man into a pitiable and utterly destroyed creature. --Erin Daley, LA Theatre Review
In the title role, Charles Pasternak makes for a sometimes relaxed, sometimes tempestuous monarch, with a charm that makes it apparent how he could have wandered into Thebes after a road-rage incident and stolen the heart of Queen Jocasta. --Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, Featured and Recommeded
…Black Stache, played with magnificent comic villainy by Charles Pasternak.
Alan Sherrod, Arts Knoxville; costume design by Erin Nicole Reed
Charles Pasternak’s Leontes is thrilling.
Joe & Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: CHARLES PASTERNAK as IAGO --Valley Theatre Awards, 2015
CHARLES PASTERNAK as Iago was really astonishing… with as deep a command of the language as I have ever seen. He owns the stage and plays the role with no regrets… right to the very end. --Samantha Siddons-Ronceros, NoHo Arts District
Pasternak gives us a wonderfully appealing and relatable Berowne who is at once critic and victim of all the frivolity, and he does so with such charm, wit, humor and presence that he lifts the level of all around him. Like a Shakespearean Fred Astaire, he’s so good at his craft that he makes his partners look good. --Michael Kostroff, Play Shakespeare
Charles Pasternak dominates as Marc Antony because Shakespeare gave him the showiest role, and he has the authority, charisma and technical proficiency to own the stage when he walks onto it. --Neal Weaver, LA Weekly
Pasternak, as Hal’s rival Hotspur, is a dynamic presence, always moving and full of energy and fiery charisma. It’s easy to understand why he would be able to lead a rebellion. His climactic duel with Butz’s Hal is a dramatic highlight, as is his earlier scene of belligerent chemistry with Mackey-McGee as his insecure but outspoken wife. Pasternak is new to St. Louis theatre, and he makes a very strong impression. --Michelle Kenyon, Snoop's Theatre Thoughts
Charles Pasternak as Henry Percy, the impetuous and impatient Hotspur, is bold and aggressive. He is constant movement and action, swayed by a passion and idealism that manifests itself in raw energy. --Tina Farmer, KDHX.org
Charles Pasternak as Hamlet is grand, extravagant, showy, audacious and utterly effective. He is, in short, magnificent. He swings from mood to mood, humor to pathos, madness to sanity with an alacrity that serves Shakespeare’s play well. --Geoff Hoff, LA Theatre Review
Charles Pasternak gives an electric, tour de force performance as the Prince Of Denmark that can stand up to the best Hamlets you or I have seen… Pasternak’s work alone is worth the price of admission. A darkly intense, magnetic presence, Pasternak impresses throughout. Whether agonizing over his father’s murder and his mother’s remarriage to Hamlet’s power-hungry uncle, or craftily feigning madness as part of his revenge strategy, or ultimately losing his mind to grief, the young actor gives a performance of quicksilver brilliance and dexterous physicality. --Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA, SCENIE AWARD, 2010: Best Shakespeare Performance of the Year