Like a Shakespearean Fred Astaire, he’s so good at his craft that he makes his partners look good.
— Michael Kostroff, PlayShakespeare
Charles Pasternak plays the general as cocky and charming, ruthless and savagely intelligent... The show relies on Pasternak’s vivid Napoleon, who pulls back the veil just enough to show glimmers of insecurity under the future emperor’s legendary ego... Pasternak’s performance is a pleasure.
— Lindsay Christians, The Cap Times

Pasternak shows different sides of Napoleon from his brilliant mind to his sometimes childish fits.

Alexis Bugajski, Picture This Post, “RECOMMENDED”; photo by Michael Brosilow

DESERT STAR AWARD NOMINATION: OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR as the Male Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive at Coachella Valley Repertory.


…in the role of Marplot was the comically brilliant Charles Pasternak…

Alan Sherrod, Arts Knoxville; photo by Brynn Yeager

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

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Charles Pasternak as Iago

Valley Theatre Award; photo by Zachary Andrews

Charles Pasternak’s petulant Claudio smolders with a short fuse that explodes at their wedding.
— Michael Sommers, The New York Times
We know how to read it, and that we’re not supposed to simply turn on Claudio (though credit also has to go to Charles Pasternak’s earnest performance for that achievement as well).
— Noah Millman, The American Conservative
Charles Pasternak — so dashing last season as Hotspur in “Henry VI” — reveals a completely different, blunted style as Antony’s determined foe Octavius Caesar.
— Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bottom Line: Charles Pasternak turns in a flawless performance in IRT’s season opener comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
— Elizabeth J. Musgrave, Gotta Go
I cried during Valentine’s (Pasternak’s) “What light is light, if Silvia be not seen” speech after he is banished...
— Hope Baugh, Nuvo
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 Radio

Pasternak, as Hal’s rival Hotspur, is a dynamic presence, always moving and full of energy and fiery charisma… Pasternak is new to St. Louis theatre, and he makes a very strong impression.

Michelle Kenyon, Snoop's Theatre Thoughts; photo by Sarah Conrad

Charles Pasternak was just magnetic as the lovelorn angst ridden Romeo and brought an air of sexiness to Shakespeare. I adored his interpretation of this diverse and tortured role and brought such depth to this character.
— Michael Mulhern, Broadway World
Pasternak gives an intriguingly physical turn. His hand gestures have a fluid (teetering on florid) beauty, not unlike Romeo’s bold declarations of infatuation with Rosaline and then a love more precious and costly. Below Juliet’s window, he skirts the perimeter with a feline energy, a smitten kitten.
— Lisa Kennedy, The Denver Post
Charles Pasternak as Prince Hal is the biggest surprise and one of the greatest treats of this production. Intense, sometimes mesmerizing, he pulls off the trick of this character, which is to embody enough fire and life to make his recent rambunctious past believable while showing that energy to be under the bridle of intelligence and instinctive good judgment.
— Traci Hukill, Santa Cruz Weekly
Charles Pasternak plays both heirs to the kingdom — the invincible sun king Louis, resplendent in his majesty; and the tormented Philippe, his face hidden in a welded iron mask... The actor imbues Philippe with great vulnerability, and the monarch with palpable pomp.
— Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News
Pasternak is absolutely breathtaking as a man facing his own morality with equal parts terror, valor, and defiance.
— Steven Stanley on As Is, Stage Scene LA; Scenie Award: Best Lead Performance
Mr. Pasternak’s Oedipus is a complex mix of swagger and vulnerability… He manages to perfectly balance tenacity and determination with anxiety and doubt as he navigates his own undoing.
— Susan Burns, Melpomene Blogs Back
photo by Rob Cunliffe; LA Weekly  FEATURE  and “GO!”

photo by Rob Cunliffe; LA Weekly FEATURE and “GO!”

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

Pasternak has a bad boy edge that’s daring and fearless and sexy as hell… Pasternak and FitzGerald are electrifying. They are Romeo and Juliet in the most desperate and beautiful way.

Denise Battista, PlayShakespeare; photo by rr jones


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


…Pasternak’s Black Stache is a scene-stealing, scenery chewing pirate… sometimes flouncing, sometimes menacing, and always hilarious.

Amy McRary, Knoxville News Sentinel; costume design by Erin Nicole Reed

...Black Stache, played with magnificent comic villainy by Charles Pasternak. The role is, by design, flamboyant and physically presentational, traits that Pasternak possesses in spades, along with a cunning sense of linguistic delivery. Few actors could turn three words, “Oh my god,” into an entire scene, one that, well, hooks the audience.
— Alan Sherrod, Arts Knoxville
Charles Pasternak excels in his role as Leontes, giving the king an essential goodness that makes it even easier to put one’s self in his shoes. His voice is clear and resonant, his diction crisp and precise, and his characterizations expressive and broad, but never exaggerated or contrived... Pasternak commands and artfully holds attention.
— KDHX Radio

Charles Pasternak’s Leontes is thrilling.

Joe & Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks

Charles Pasternak gave his Saturninus, the newly crowned emperor, a slimy shallowness that was simultaneously comic and scary.
— Alan Sherrod, Knoxville Mercury

Pasternak masterfully delivers a wistful, powerful, and finally all grown up King Hal.

Tara McCabe, Santa Cruz Patch; photo by Shmuel Thaler

Henry V is easily one of the most enjoyable and full-bodied productions this festival has ever seen. Led by the astonishing Charles Pasternak as Henry... Pasternak utterly inhabits the mercurial young king... Flawlessly intelligible, Pasternak’s Henry is a lightening quick study in rising to the demands of history...
— Christina Waters, Santa Cruz Weekly
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
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 (Best Actor nomination)
The real scene stealer of the show was Charles Pasternak as King Louis. His hilarious interpretation reminded me of a gay Bobcat Wildcat and he was just so over the top and had the audience in stitches every time he was onstage.
— Michael Mulhern, Broadway World

The acting was stellar- Charles Pasternak, who was my favorite Romeo EVER (take that, DiCaprio) played an utterly foppish and convincing King Louis.

Better Than Yarn; photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen, with Tom Hutton as Richelieu

Charles Pasternak does double duty as the foppish King of France, who nails everyone who wanders into court and pays more attention to his bedmates than his battle plans, and as the ill-fated puritan Felton. Pasternak attacks both parts with such a serious and robust sense of character that their outrageous behavior seems even funnier.
— Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News

Indy Award: Charles Pasternak as Adolph in Creditors

with Dee Ann Newkirk; photo by David Bazemore

Pasternak (an absolutely brilliant Hamlet earlier this year) gives a rich, multi-layered performance as Duvid, both the romantic, caring husband and the physically and emotionally scarred Holocaust victim.
— Steven Stanley on A Shayna Maidel, Stage Scene LA
Pasternak is particularly memorable as the young, vital husband who appears later as the victim of war’s cruelty.
— Melinda Schupmann on A Shayna Maidel, Backstage
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: Best Shakespeare Performance of the Year
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
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, PlayShakespeare
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