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
…in the role of Marplot was the comically brilliant Charles Pasternak…
Alan Sherrod, Arts Knoxville; photo by Brynn Yeager
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Charles Pasternak as Iago
Valley Theatre Award; photo by Zachary Andrews
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
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