Baltimore: "Pure awestruck inspiration is often hard to come by these days upon the stage, but a radiant beam of stunning and imaginative heart is blasting its way onto the stages of Baltimore as Broadway Across America presents the Tony Award winning Best Play, War Horse. Human characters build this story to its awe-inspiring heights, their raw reality and genuine emotions infused into every scene is what keeps you focused from the moment the production starts until it closes. From the hard knocks of Devon where the accents are thick but the skin on the villagers is thicker, to the battlefields of France where the Germans and the English can barely speak a word between them; it is the people’s story as much as the horses. The Narracott family is the central focus, with Rose (Maria Elena Ramirez) and Ted (Gene Gillettte) raising their young son Albert. Ramirez is a stern woman with a kind heart that always sees the bigger picture. Juxtaposing this dual personality up against the drunken and thickheaded character played by Gillette and already the stakes of the production begin to simmer.”
Washington D.C.: “When Albert’s father, Ted (played with hard-hearted splendor by the versatile Gene Gillette), attempts to whip Joey into submission, we can’t help but hope that Ted might suffer some horrible fate—which makes us all the more emotionally vulnerable to the war horrors we’ll soon witness.”
Nashville: “After five Tonys® on Broadway and appearances around the globe this phenomenal storytelling experience is finally here – and it lives up to all the hype…War Horse…features actors that take the tale’s other characters and make them very believable. That includes Gene Gillette, who clearly conveys the tortured soul of Albert’s father Ted.”
Los Angeles: “Brilliant War Horse Returns to Los Angeles at the Pantages for One Week Only. Standouts in the brilliant ensemble include Gene Gillette as the troubled father.”
Calgary: “Gillette’s Ted might be a drunken, defeated hothead, but there’s also a shred of something interesting about him — he didn’t fight in the war that Arthur did, and has never lived it down, in his own eyes or Arthur’s.”
Macbeth, Berkeley Repertory Theatre,
starring Frances McDormand, Conleth Hill and directed by Daniel Sullivan
Frances McDormand is so thoroughly engrossing a Lady Macbeth, and so unforgettable in her sleepwalking scene, that you can’t help wishing Shakespeare had written a whole play for her. Conleth Hill’s performance in the title role is an unsettling case study of a man realizing how badly he’s become trapped in the escalating results of one very bad decision. He even makes you believe he actually sees that dagger dangling before him....Sullivan rivets our attention to the stage with the opening “When shall we three meet again?” scene. Amid a gothic chaos of sound, lights and fog, an unusually potent trio of Witches speak in chillingly business-as-usual tones as they gather about a bloody soldier hanging on the trunk of a huge, gnarled old tree..James Carpenter’s unpretentious but firmly royal Duncan anchors the scene in which we learn about the gory military heroics of Macbeth and his comrade-at-arms Banquo, vividly related by Gene Gillette as a badly wounded soldier" Robert Hurwitt San Francisco Chronicle
BURN THIS, SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ
"Director Michael Barakiva had seemingly endless talent to burn in the explosive Gillette, an actor whose expletive-laced speeches threatened to go nuclear. You could feel ears scorching and paint peeling as Gillette worked to the very edges of his character, haunted by the ghost of George C. Scott and just a touch of Tony Soprano. Gillette could have gone even further, but the playwright couldn't" Cristina Waters, Metro Santa Cruz Theatre Critic
2008 Ovation Award: Best Actor Comedy
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
"The cast is magnificent, led by a seductive, frightening and yet effectively contained Gene Gillette as an alternately savage and sweet madman who would make PETA proud (when not bombing chip shops)." John Moore, Denver Post Theatre Critic
Best Actor in a Black-Hearted Comedy - 2008
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
"Gene Gillette held the stage with complete authority in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a crazed, cathartic bloodbath of a play dominated by scenes of torture, murder and dismemberment. As the psychoticÂ Padraic, unhinged by the death of his cat, he was dopey, sentimental and terrifying, and you believed he was capableof every violent act attributed to him â€” and a good deal more."
Juliet Wittman, Westword Theatre Critic
The Colorado Theatre Guild is proud to announce the
2008 Henry Award Winners.
Outstanding Actor in a Play
Gene Gillette, Curious Theatre Company, The Lieutenant of Inishmore
2004 Ovation Award: Best Actor Drama
"Gene Gillette, TheatreWorks' "A Streetcar Named Desire": Gillette, the
2001 winner in this category for Curious' "Coyote on a Fence," is on the stage
what Stanley is on the page - primal and dangerous, with an alternating ability
to be almost boyishly tender. Gillette doesn't have the slightest inhibition
diving into either extreme, sometimes transitioning between the two with such
shocking speed as to draw gasps." John Moore, Denver Post Theatre Critic
2001 Ovation Award: Best Year by an Actor
Hamlet and Coyote on a Fence
"Richard II is as given to high-flown poetry, and King Lear weathers as many cosmic crises, but the role of Hamlet is still considered the supreme account of an actor's mettle. From Burbage to Bernhardt to Barrymore to Burton to Branagh, performers have always laid everything on the line to portray the greatest human ever conceived by dramatic invention. And while it's daunting to take on a role that's been inhabited by history's best actors -- just about everything imaginable has been done with (and to) the part -- an actor can place his or her own stamp on the character by avoiding novelty for novelty's sake and sticking to a few fundamentals, like paying close attention to textual clues.
This is what local actor Gene Gillette manages to do in the Denver Civic Theatre's engaging production of Hamlet.Â Gillette draws on reservoirs of humanity, technique, insight and showmanship to successfully navigate a theatrical rite of passage. The twenty-something performer is assured from start to finish and equally at ease in scenes of high emotion and low comedy. By choosing to speak the many soliloquies directly to the audience, Gillette makes us feel as though we're partners on his emotional odyssey instead of grudgingly welcome eavesdroppers." Jim Lillie, Westword Theatre Critic
Eventually, he exposes a series of lies that have sustained his relationship with his father, Ed (played to perfection by experienced stage and TV actor Gene Gillette)....Gillette (War Horse National Tour; Elementary and Person of Interest on TV) dominates the small supporting cast, which includes Felicity Jones Latta (Metamorphoses at Circle in the Square) as Christopher’s mom Judy. Gillette turns in a strong, tumultuous performance as a single father whose devotion to Christopher has come at a high price. Prone to fits of anger, aggrieved by his wife’s absence, and utterly, inconsolably lonely, he manages to remain patient with his son only by violently and dangerously repressing his own seething emotions." Philadelphia Inquirer Tirdad Derakshani
But it is Gene Gillette’s portrayal of Christopher’s father Ed that steals the show. Gillette perfectly captures the stress, heartbreak, elation, and pride that come with raising a child with special needs. The standout moment of the show occurs when Christopher, who hates being touched, allows his father to hug him for the first time in years. In that embrace, Gillette manages to depict a character at both his lowest and highest points.
Minneapolis Anne Skonieczny
Gillette, who has a touch of Sting about him, deftly suggests the need to protect both his son and himself from more pain, while Latta skillfully captures the warring impulses of a dissatisfied romantic and despairing, guilty mother
Chicago Sun Times Hedy Weiss
The adults in Christopher’s world, his selfless dad (a masterful Gene Gillette), his mom (a heartwarming Felicity Jones Latta), and his favorite teacher Siobhan (beautifully played by Maria Elena Ramirez, who also is the narrator of the show), garner our sympathy.
Democrat and Chronicle Marcia Morley
Gene Gillette brings to life a character that's almost as challenging, exhausting, and brilliant as Langdon does with Christopher. Gillette portrays Ed, Christopher's loving-yet-struggling father. Gillette's breadth of compassion shines through as he teeters with love and patience, or lack there of from time to time. Each person may have a different opinion but there's no flat lining - guaranteed, Gillette's portrayal will inspire you to have an opinion about Ed.
Will Gallagher Albany
Gene Gillette plays Ed, his father, with a working-class tone and manner. He is blustery and given to impulse, but Gillette’s portrayal keeps us aware that this father’s heart is very close to his surface. Although Ed is an educated man with the enlightenment to realize that life with Christopher requires extraordinary patience and emotional re-sets, he has made a series of choices that prove calamitous as the first act finishes.
BA Nilsson Schenectady
"Gene Gillette plays Ed, Christopher’s father. Depending on the moment, he could qualify as both saint and sinner and Gillette infuses him with loving devotion and utter frustration and fear. He is sympathetic as Langdon makes it clear that Christopher is no easy person to love or to parent. Gillette has several utterly heart-breaking moments, which he plays with credibility and intensity."
Bridgette Redman Encore Magazine East Lansing
"Almost the exact opposite of Latta’s portrayal of Judy, is Gene Gillette’s portrayal of Ed. There is a heaviness that is ever present in him, the way he talks to and interacts with Christopher feeling leaden at times. The gruff exterior that Gillette presents often gives way to desperate confusion, as it is clear that the character of Ed loves his son but he loves him the best that he can. An emotionally disarming moment comes flying out of Gillette near the end of the first act and it is strikingly profound, enough to give the audience pause and reevaluate exactly where he’s coming from with his character’s overall trajectory."
Theatre Bloom Amanda Gunther Washington DC
"The show is brought to life by a brilliant cast, notably Christopher’s parents Gene Gillette (playing Ed Boone) and Felicity Jones Latta (Judy Boone). Both Gillette and Latta bring depth to their characters, playing them with subtext and delivering subtle, yet powerful performances."
Amanda Moutino Boulder Weekly
As Ed, Christopher’s father, Gene Gillette provides a heart-wrenching portrayal of the frustrations and fears, the maddening and not always correct choices, and deep love tinged sometimes by absolute anger that any dad of a special needs boy must experience. With shoulders often drooping and head usually bent slightly downward, Ed is a dad with burdens heavier than most parents must bear, and yet his own voice – one that often echoes the peculiar cadence of his son’s but ay an octave or two lower – rings loud with the desperate need he has to love and be loved by a son who has come to distrust him.
Eddie Reynolds San Francisco
"It's possible that Gene Gillette pours even more into the show than anyone else as Christopher's painfully vulnerable father, who can barely contain his own damage while still extending himself across the gulf between him and his son day in and day out.
While presumably few audience members have been in this exact situation, Gillette's bone-weariness and nettlesome sense of guilt will seem familiar to most people from working class families.
Edge Media SF
"While Siobhan certainly finds the connection in ways that others can’t, just look at the performances of the grizzled Gillette and Latta’s beaten down Judy. The inability for them to connect to Christopher is heartbreaking, and when Ed finally gets that chance through the warmth of a touch, discovered beautifully by Gillette, it is magic."
Bay Area Critics Circle David Chavez
Colorado native Gene Gillette who played Ed Boone/Ensemble gave an incredibly moving performance as the father of Christopher Boone. As the audience, from the glimpses we catch of this man's life, we are shown a character who, much unlike his son, makes choices based on emotions. Gillette who provided a grounded presence to the stage, added a layer of reality to a play that was presented from the perspective of an individual's mind.
Broadway World Denver Samantha Saunders
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time