Bedlam's 12th Night and What You Will at Central Square Theater

"The skilled quintet includes director Eric Tucker, Kelley Curran, Edmund Lewis, Susannah Millonzi, and Tom O’Keefe, all of whom play multiple roles. They bring Shakespeare’s play to life with a sheer joy in creation that proves infectious."

"For adventurous theatergoers, this tasty double-dose of Shakespeare just might be the event of the summer."

- The Boston Globe

 

DeadDogPark at 59E59 Theaters

"Now is the time to see DEAD DOG PARK, ... the play's talented cast will keep you throughly captivated. They master the emotionally charged scenes that provide a rare, insider's view of the people affected by a high-profile, controversial event. The remarkable acting talents of this troupe bring the story to full life with fast-paced, perfectly timed dialogue."

-BroadwayWorld.com

"The excellent cast includes two Bedlamites, Tom O'Keefe (as the officer in question) and Susannah Millonzi (as his wife), both of whom were memorable in last season's Twelfth Night and What You Will. "

-Steven Suskin, Huffington Post

"Tautly performed by a polished cast."

-Howard Miller, Talkin' Broadway

"Dead Dog Park is proof that theater can be vocal, aware, present, raging and engaging ... Tom O’Keefe, in a humanizing performance, is the anti-hero Officer Rob McDonald ... In O’Keefe’s hands, Officer McDonald is an examination of the unsuccessful and undereducated social class. O’Keefe discovers something raw and fragile in Officer McDonald, a man who is, essentially, completely alone in the world."

-Artem Yatsunov, Theatre is Easy

 

 

Outside Mullingar at Pioneer Theatre Company

"Pioneer Theatre Company’s exceptional production of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar featured superb performances by all four cast members. Max Robinson and Tom O’Keefe’s father-son relationship, full of nuance and depth, and the diffident chemistry between O’Keefe and Amy Bodnar was the best acting I saw on any Utah stage this year.

—Christopher T. Lewis, UTBA

"The four actors — whether arguing or sharing stories — are so comfortable together that it's easy to accept that they've always known each other. As Anthony, Tom O'Keefe wears the uneasy air of someone who knows he doesn't fit in and wonders if he will ever find what he needs."

-Barbara M. Bannon, Salt Lake Tribune

"A superbly acted Outside Mullingar ... O’Keefe invests Anthony’s every gesture and touch with a gentleness that is utterly convincing in its devotion ... O’Keefe’s introverted Anthony (who by his own admission doesn’t much care for people) and Bodnar’s long-suffering Rosemary (a bit “cracked” in her mother’s estimation) give a master class of restraint, of subtlety, of tension and build-up that ultimately give way in an emotional climax that is one-hundred percent earned."

-C.T. Lewis, UTBA

Twelfth Night or What You Will & What You Will or Twelfth Night
(Theatre Bedlam)

"O'Keefe was equally appealing and charming while tackling the jester Feste and the long-lost brother Sebastian (and Sebastian's sister and Cesario and more -- it's that kind of double bill). His singing and playing of tunes in Twelfth Night (he did the musical composition along with Ted Lewis) was very winning. And his Feste was a marvel. The Twelfth Night version of Feste was winningly sly and sexy, to the point where one wondered why Olivia didn't fall for him. The What You Will Feste was childlike without ever condescending. And his Sebastian was soulful, somehow letting you believe he fell immediately in love and would indeed get married at the drop of a hat. As with all the actors involved, I can't wait to see him again."

—Michael Giltz, Huffington Post

"Every so often, evidence arises that acting might just be the most satisfying profession on the planet.Take the company called Bedlam, which is putting on not one but two inspired productions of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in a small and airless room in the garment district that seats about 50, and making you feel like its members are the luckiest people alive."

— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Bedlam Theatre Company, which specializes in small-scale, no-budget classical revivals that are both radically innovative and winningly playful, has scored yet another success with its double-barreled “Twelfth Night.”"
"Everybody in the cast is up to scratch."

—Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

"These wonderfully talented actors frenetically portray the play's dozen or so characters, sometimes swapping a single role between them, executed most brilliantly by Tom O'Keefe and Susannah Millonzi who sometimes play Viola at the same time ...The ensemble proves its musical chops ... with Tom O'Keefe on guitar and all five actors joining in on the folksy songs interspersed throughout the play. For the delightful final number, "With hey, ho, the wind and the rain," we do indeed wish the music would play on."

—Pete Hempstead, Theatermania

Tamburlaine the Great (Theatre for a New Audience)

 

"Riveting ... nineteen very gifted actors play sixty characters in this inspired production."

Trish Deitch, The New Yorker

"The rest of the very fine cast, who seem to be having a great time killing and being killed, make it clear that their characters have aspiring minds, too."

— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Hamlet and Saint Joan (Theatre Bedlam)

"Mr. O’Keefe’s excellent Claudius, in 'Hamlet,' provides the most psychologically intricate interpretation."
"[R]ounded out by the first-rate chameleons Edmund Lewis and Tom O'Keefe."

— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Tom O'Keefe… pull[s] fresh selves out of [his hat] like the colored scarves in a magic show." 

Terry Teachout, The Wall Stret Journal

"O'Keefe gives a poignant edge to Claudius." 

Celia Wren, The Washington Post

"O’Keefe’s Claudius is hot rather than imperious, a confident alpha male who seeks less to impress than to survive."

— Jason Fitzgerald, Backstage

"Great fun is had by O’Keefe’s switching between Claudius and Osric (with that infamous bonnet) in the play’s final scene, but neither character bleeds into or is diminished by the other … [W]e are not asked to dwell not on O’Keefe-as-Claudius, for example, but rather on the specific desires and tensions that define the character, and how distinct they are from somebody like Bernardo, Osric, or the first gravedigger."

— Patrick Maley, Stage Magazine

"O’Keefe, who does a splendid job portraying the church hierarchy, everyone from Peter Cauchon and Archbishop Rheims to D’Estivet, also does an exquisite job as the high-minded Inquisitor, handling his long, difficult speeches with ease. Of all the performers, O’Keefe amazed us with the dexterity of his transitions from one character to another—turning on a dime."

— Robert Michael Oliver, Marlyand Theatre Guide

The Best of Everything (HERE Arts Center)

"Mr. O'Keefe wittily embodies four separate love interests." 

— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Tom O'Keefe (who plays four roles) … [is] stalwart as the men who either use or woo the heroine."

Backstage

 

Humble Boy (Publick Theatre Boston)

"O'Keefe makes a twitchy, sympathetic Felix; his carefully honed stutter could break your heart." 

The Boston Hearald

The Little Gentleman (Hollywood Court Theatre)

"O'Keefe is terrific throughout." 

— Backstage