Rave reviews for 'Beauty Queen'

Our production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Shakespeare & Company has been received very well by the critics. Here’s what some of them have said about my work as Pato:

New York Times (Ben Brantley) – “a prospective lover, played by a first-rate David Sedgwick.”

Boston Globe (Don Aucoin) – “A hallmark of Sedgwick’s excellent performance as Pato is that he makes clear the fervor of the character’s own dreams”

Berkshire Bright Focus (J. Peter Bergman) – “Sedgwick comes through this performance into a star’s role in this company. He is that strong and endearing and in charge of his inner man. His debut role could lead to more roles in the future. He would be interesting to watch develop within the womb of this theater company family.”

Curtain Up (Elyse Sommer) – “Pato Dooley (David Sedgwick, a charming and worthy successor to Brian O’Byrne who created the role originally)”
“His second act opening monologue in the form of an epistolary proposal is incredibly touching.”

Metroland (B.A. Nilsson) –“ David Sedgwick brings a needed gravitas to the role of Pato, … and the second act begins with Sedgwick’s masterful performance of the show’s celebrated monologue, his recitation of a letter exhorting Maureen to join him.”

The Artery (Ed Siegel) – “(David Sedgwick as her suitor is also excellent.)”

Berkshire Eagle (Jeffrey Borak) – “Pato Dooley (a winning and appealing David Sedgwick)”

Berkshire Fine Arts (Charles Giuliano) – “the fine and manly Pato … In a wonderfully halting manner … speaks of his love for The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

In the Spotlight (Shera Cohen) – “David Sedgwick (the beaux) whose gentleness and understanding is beautiful to watch”

Berkshire on Stage (Gail M. Burns & Larry Murray) – Gail: “Pato is one of my favorite male characters in modern drama, and I loved David Sedgwick in the role. If that Dolores Hooley (or is it Healey) ever gets tired of him I’ll take him off her hands!”

‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Shakespeare & Company

I’ve just started rehearsals on my first production with Shakespeare & Company.

The Beauty Queen of Leeenane, the first play to bring Martin McDonagh to the world’s attention, stars Shakespeare & Company founding artistic director, Tina Packer, and is directed by Matthew Penn.

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I’m very happy with my new headshots by Peter Zielinksi.

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‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’ garners glowing reviews…

The New Jersey theater critics are loving our production!

Rick Busciglio gave us 5 stars: “first-rate theatre”; “masterfully directed”; “a perfect cast”; “an acting master class”; “Sedgwick is perfect as the alcoholic failed actor” – Examiner.com

“Josie … is perfectly embodied by Claire Warden”; “her often drunken father, played by the wonderful Paul Carlin”; “James Tyrone (David Sedgwick) … convincingly unburdens his fears and secrets” – Lori Sender, New Jersey News Room

“The bittersweet affection among the play’s characters and their surrender to their own faults and fates build to heartrending effect”; “Warden’s transformation … makes the show so affecting”; “scenes between Sedgwick and Warden are engrossing” – Ronnie Reich, The Star-Ledger

There’s still time to see the show! – 2 more weeks to go. Tickets and info here.

"A Moon for the Misbegotten" at Luna Stage

“A Moon for the Misbegotten” at Luna Stage; photo by Steven Lawler

‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’ at Luna Stage

I’m very excited to be working on my first full production of a Eugene O’Neill play; I’m currently rehearsing the iconic role of Jim Tyrone in this classic of the American canon.

Working with a wonderful cast and director; I can’t wait to open at Luna Stage in New Jersey on April 13th…!

Dialect coach on 'Speaking in Tongues'

I was very pleased to be asked again to act as dialect/accent coach for another Australian Made Entertainment production, Andrew Bovell’s haunting play Speaking in Tongues. This time the cast is small, only 4, and 3 of them are Aussies, so I helped the sole American blend in. Michael Poignand has done a great job, and his work was complimented in the glowing Backstage review!

Dialect coach on 'Savage in Limbo'

Continuing my new sideline in accent and dialect coaching, I’m very proud to be working on Dogface Theatrical’s inaugural production of Savage in Limbo. Who knew Australians like myself were such experts on Shanley-an Bronx accents? 🙂

Dialect coach on 'Così'

After several gigs as dialect coach with the Seeing Place Theater, I’m very pleased to be working with a new theatre company, Australian Made Entertainment, on their inaugural production of Louis Nowra’s Aussie classic Così. The number of American actors playing Australian characters is so great that we have TWO dialect coaches!

Kickstarter campaign for 'Brewsie and Willie'

Gertrude Stein’s ‘Brewsie and Willie’, the independent feature I was thrilled to work on last year, is nearing release. A Kickstarter campaign to fund the remaining post-production costs is underway here.

Vershinin in 'Three Sisters' with The Seeing Place

March 9th to March 25th, 2012:

Currently playing the unhappily married and straying Colonel Vershinin in Brian Friel’s version of Chekhov’s masterpiece “Three Sisters” with the Seeing Place Theater.

Opening Friday March 9th at 7.30pm.

Tickets available here.

*** UPDATE *** – some reviews are up:

Daniela Thome is statuesque yet vulnerable as Olga and David Sedqwick charms as Vershinin. In fact, the tete a tete between Thome and Sedgwick as the show is nearing its end is the strongest moment of the performance.

The strength of this company is in its actors…The romantic frisson between Erin Cronican and David Sedgwick is palpable and intense.

A nod of recognition should also be given to standouts Brian Byus, David Sedgwick, and Justin Kress… Sedgwick’s Vershinin maintained a certain level of understated comedy throughout a good portion of the piece with a subtle humor that was much appreciated.