REVIEWS | EDWARD O'BLENIS
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‘pen/man/ship’ @ The Contemporary American Theater Festival

“Edward O’Blenis provides an emotional soul to the story as Cecil, a very earnest and down-to-earth sailor. O’Blenis displayed not only immense practicality and adorable awkward moments of humor, but a fantastic transition in Act II as the character takes some drastic measures to restore order to the voyage. “

Johnna Leary , Broadway World.

THE WEDDING GIFT

‘The Wedding Gift’ @ The Contemporary American Theater Festival

“Edward O’Blenis has a scene-stealing turn at the top of ActII as a wonderfully sassy and over the top Translating Attendant.”

– Johnna Leary, Broadway World

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‘pen/man/ship’ @ The Contemporary American Theater Festival

“Edward O’Blenis plays this role with heart (and a neat stint on the accordion) with a textured layering of awestruck respect for the elder while watching with increasing horror as Charles’s willful belligerence threatens them all.”

– Debbie Minter Jackson, DC Theatre Scene.

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‘The Wedding Gift’ @ The Contemporary American Theater Festival

“Here is where Edward O’Blenis gets to show off his comic chops as a courtier who clearly thinks English is vulgar, emitting it in spurts like bits of rotten apple. “

Andrew White, MD Theater World

Uncle Vanya // Target Margin

‘Uncle Vanya ‘ @ Target Margin Theater Co

“Particularly notable is Edward O’Blenis as Dr. Astrov, the physician who is repeatedly called to tend to the clan’s aging patriarch. The actor nimbly turns the tics in the script into gentle comedy, even as he communicates the troubled emotional core of the character, who has found himself worn down by his profession.”

Andy Propst, Backstage Magazine

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‘Tall Grass’ @ The Beckett Theater

“Edward O’Blenis humorously channels James Earl Jones from “On Golden Pond” as an elderly shut-in.”
Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News.

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‘Uncle Vanya’ @ Target Margin Theater Co

“The show, therefore, belongs completely to Edward O’Blenis, whose Astrov is self-deprecating, unrepentant and beautifully three-dimensional-a person among puppets, a cat among mice.” – Helen Shaw, TimeOut NY

UNCLE VANYA // TARGET MARGIN THEATER

‘Uncle Vanya’ @ Target Margin Theater Co

“I much enjoyed Mr. O’Blenis’ Dr. Astrov, as he kept trying on different voices to make his points.”

Ben Brantley, NY Times.

TAMER OF HORSES // PASSAGE THEATER CO.

‘Tamer of Horses’ @ Passage Theater Co

“Mr.O’Blenis is warm and earnest as Ty.”
Michael Sommers, NY Times.

THE GOOD COUNSELOR // PREMIER STAGES

‘The Good Counselor’ @ Premier Stages

“Mr.O’Blenis gives a peak performance.”

Anita Gates, NY Times.

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‘Train to 2010’ @ Crossroads Theater Company

“O’Blenis and Ludwig are excellent embodying these determinedly uncompromising representatives of the apparently ever-prevailing upper class.”
Elyse Sommer, Curtain Up.

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‘The Member of The Wedding ‘ @ Westport Country Playhouse

“Edward O’Blenis seething with pent-up rage in an outstanding performance.”

Anita Gates, NY Times.

THE OLD SETTLER // WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHO-- USE

‘The Old Settler’ @ The Westport Country Playhouse

“It is up to Ms.Thomas and Edward O’Blenis, in a delightfully ingenuous and pure characterization, to have us believe in possibilities. Both actors give us that hope.”

Alvin Klein, NY Times.

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‘Big Trouble in Little Hazzard’ @ The Beckett Theater

“Edward O’Blenis, who, as the dentist Doc Wilson, the only black man in town, gets laughs by merely looking non-plused and by underplaying such a cliché as, “I can’t identify them.”
Simon Saltzman, Curtain Up.

THE TEMPEST // NEBRASKA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

‘The Tempest’ @ Shakespeare in The Park, Omaha

“…the dark and earth bound semimonster, Caliban (wonderfully essayed by Edward O’Blenis.)”
Jim Delmont, Omaha World – Herald