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For MR BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY:
"Kelly competently handles a long speech with just the right amount of storytelling sparkle"
August Krickel - 1/26/23
For DEATH OF A SALESMAN:
"Workshop manages to present an undeniably great work of literature as a living piece of dramatic art, providing entertainment for those looking to enjoy good acting, but offering deeper considerations for those so inclined. Much of the credit has to go to director Patrick Michael Kelly, who helmed a similarly vital and immediate Streetcar at Trustus in 2020."
August Krickel - 11/9/22
For A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE:
"Kelly adeptly guided his cast into performances that cast aside any sense of being staged...creating a sense of immediacy, urgency and awareness that the characters conflict needed to be resolved now...there was never any doubt that these were real people, struggling with genuine issues...By embracing the raw emotions at the core of the script and allowing them to play out with realism, however ugly and disconcerting, Kelly and his cast have scored an artistic triumph."
August Krickel, Free-Times - 2/18/20
For SWEAT (Fight Choreography):
"Fight choreography by Patrick Michael Kelly was excellent in a crucial scene where anything less than perfection would have ruined the shock and intensity of the moment."
August Krickel, Free-Times - 5/22/19
For JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL:
"There’s no blood, no mayhem and no violence, but the production is quite intense. Solely through acting and the potency of imagination, the cast recreates hell on a virtually bare stage...it’s dark and foreboding — although ultimately uplifting — with bits of comic relief here and there. Probably exactly what Charles Dickens would have wanted."
August Krickel, Free-Times - 12/12/18
For BOY ABOUT TEN:
"Patrick Michael Kelly's cast committed fully to the raw emotions which were laid bare. Pace, timing and a delicate balance between comedy and tragedy were among the tools employed to successfully blend the narrative's more fantastical elements with a razor-sharp insight into the reality of victims left in the wake of an ugly divorce...the cast and director's commitment to relaying the author's complex and thought-provoking vision in an accessible manner is both impressive and appealing."
August Krickel, Free-Times - 8/23/18
For HAND TO GOD:
"Director Kelly finds a happy medium in which the audience can laugh at each of the many witty lines, and smirk with guilty pleasure at Tyrone’s indictments of the failures of modern civilization, yet still remain emotionally invested in the real-life family drama that transpires...HAND TO GOD is satisfying and entertaining as a very dark and subversive comedy, and as a showcase for the acting skills of its cast."
August Krickel, Free-Times - 4/26/17
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