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What people said about what I'd done

Sometimes other people write about things I have done. If I think what they said makes me look good, well - here it is. If I don’t, I ignore what they wrote and hope it goes away.  ̌

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'Art Works' profile by the National Endowment for the Arts here:


 
 

OTHELLO

 

Shakespeare Theatre, DC

Spring 2016             

 
Jonno Roberts’s coldly efficient Iago - a Shakespearean psychopath if there ever was one - is ingeniously insidious... he plays Iago as a cool customer that only fleetingly gets to revel in his diabolical excesses... a strapping, handsome Iago more fixated on getting the job done than seducing us. 

THE WASHINGTON POST

 

From the moment Jonno Roberts first appears on the nearly empty stage, the audience's entire attention is his.  Menacing, manipulative, and at times raging, he controls the stage, keeping an entire audience on the edge of their seats

THE WEEKLY STANDARD

 

 

Roberts' Iago is absolutely mesmerizing

DC METRO THEATRE ARTS

 

 

a masterpiece of malevolence.

CULPEPER TIMES

 

 

Jonno Roberts is the best thing about the show, bloody hands down.  

WASHINGTON CITY PAPER

 

 

Jonno Roberts gurgles like a lava pit just in the way he pronounces Othello's ethnicity as "MOO-er." This "honest" Iago strikes home with greater truth and power than any of the dozen I've seen before. I felt it not only in my own heart but in the vibe of the Washington, D.C., theater audience. We see Iago's plan picking up speed. We see the train wreck coming. And we watch.

SHAKESPEARANCES.COM

 

 

King Lear

 

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

fall, 2006

 
Aggressively raunchy, excruciatingly violent... this blistering modern-dress production brings alive the morally disordered universe of the play with a ferocity unmatched by any other production I’ve seen

THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

This is a world where the charismatic villain Edmund (Jonno Roberts, in a performance of terrific clarity) holds sway, even for much of the evening overshadowing Lear himself, despite the stout power brought to the role by Stacy Keach

VARIETY

 

 

Jonno Roberts' deftly underplayed Edmund is, aptly, a nightmare to watch

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

 

Roberts is perfectly insidious

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

 

 

 

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

 

DALLAS THEATRE CENTRE

Spring 2007

 
Mr. Roberts shows us a Petruchio who thinks as fast as he talks. This virile madcap really is like the mighty wind he talks about, which blows so hard it puts the fire right out. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS

 

 

 

Much ado about nothing

 

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston

Summer, 2002

 
Roberts is equal parts Kenneth Branagh and Ted Danson... he and (Georgia Hatzis) have such an easy way with the language, not to mention with each other, that it's easy to sit back and enjoy their Shakespearean shenanigans, both physical and verbal...it is a joy to listen to him seeking perfection.

BOSTON GLOBE

 

 

Cocky and charismatic, he commands the stage with a superb sense of comic assurance.

BOSTON HERALD

 

 

 

On a different note, I also wrote a column for the Sunday arts section of the San Diego Herald Tribune in 2010, while in rehearsal for the Old Globe performance season:  in no particular order you can find a few more of them here, here, and here.