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CHICAGO

CHICAGO (Phoenix Theatre)

Brian Runbeck's Amos is sweet, sincere, touching and funny, making this thick-skulled, put upon husband one you notice, even though no one in his life does.

- Talkin' Broadway - Gil Benbrook (click to read full review)

Then there's "Mister Cellophane," the unforgettable lament to forgettability sung by Roxie's longsuffering husband, Amos; Brian Runbeck's turtlish rendition is both hilarious and beautifully sung.

- Arizona Republic/AZ Central - Kerry Lengel (click to read full review)

Brian Runbeck's Amos Hart had an original, spectacled intelligence about his naïveté. With sweet elements of Charlie Chaplin in his "Mr. Cellophane" number, he may have believed himself invisible, but certainly his smooth vocal quality was unforgettable.

- Mesa Examiner - Jennifer Haaland (click to read full review)

Brian Runbeck's solo Mister Cellophane not only manages to instill a real sense of sympathy for the sad sack of a husband, it also successfully uses the vaudevillian style inspired by another legendary performer, Bert Williams, an entertainer once described by W.C. Fields as one of the saddest men he ever knew. And that's just how Runbeck makes us feel every time we meet Amos; he's the saddest man we'll ever know, and even though no one remembers Amos, you won't forget Runbeck.

- Valley Screen & Stage - David Appleford (click to read full review)




Golf: The Musical

42ND STREET (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse)

The two self-described character supporting players are the songwriting team of Maggie Jones (Becky Barta) and Bert Berry (Brian Runbeck), both skilled scene
stealers. Barta gets her licks in “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” and Runbeck can squeeze a
laugh from the slightest lines.

- Syracuse New Times (click to read full review)




Golf: The Musical

HAIRSPRAY (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse)

Tracy's dad Wilbur is exquisitely sketched by Brian Runbeck, one of the few to add unique personality to his type. Among the show's many excellent numbers, his and Winslow's romantic duet, "You're Timeless to Me," is one of the standouts.

- Barbara Adams, Ithaca Times (click to read full review)


As Tracy’s father, Wilbur Brian Runbeck is a delightful jokester who lightens the tension of many a scene. His duet with Winslow, the tender “(You’re) Timeless to Me,” is one of several musical highlights…

- David Wilcox, Auburn Citizen (click to read full review)


Darryl Winslow’s Edna and Brian Runbeck’s Wilbur (Tracy’s parents) are terrific renditions of the “traditional” characters (for this piece) played “to type”. Winslow’s gender is barely recognizable as he plays the overweight wife to Runbeck’s diminutive husband. One of the show’s highlights features the two in a smooth song and dance number titled “You’re Timeless to Me”.

- Tony Curulla, Syracuse Post-Standard (click to read full review)




Golf: The Musical

ANYTHING GOES (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse)

Lattimore also establishes a nice rapport with his boss, Elisha Whitney (Brian Runbeck, who plucks comedy out of the air every moment he's onstage), which he will proceed to ruin at every turn during the voyage.

- Brian VanCampen, Ithaca Times (click to read full review)




Golf: The Musical

GOLF: THE MUSICAL (Off-Broadway, Midtown Theatre)

Brian Runbeck is endlessly entertaining throughout, taking little moments like an old man¹s cough and turning them into comedic masterpieces.

- Show Business Weekly (click to read full review)


Tom Gamblin, Lyn Philistine, Brian Runbeck and Christopher Sutton are a vocally and
comedically gifted foursome of golfers.

Gamblin and Runbeck have fun playing famous celebrity golfers Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, getting laughs by mocking their own (pretty good) attempts at impersonation.

- Associated Press / ABC News


The show builds its centerpiece out of the banter of two of the most famous golfers of all, actors Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, heartwarmingly played by Tom Gamblin and
Brian Runbeck.

- Theater Mania


Brian Runbeck's
Bob Hope—never an easy voice—is brilliant.

- Backstage


Gamblin…plays Bing Crosby along with Runbeck as a spot-on Bob Hope. The two do a parody of the Hope/Crosby On The Road pictures and throw one-liners back and forth making the audience laugh and entertaining themselves too.

- Theatre is Easy




Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

Brian Runbeck delivers a magnificent performance as Wilde, offering so much more than the general impression of a flippant wit (although that trait remains, aptly and amply, in evidence) by zeroing in on Wilde’s passion for his “English Renaissance” in art and, particularly, literature.  Runbeck turns in an accomplished and compelling performance throughout.

- Tom Woods, Central New York Theatre News

Brian Runbeck is superb as Oscar Wilde…and even as he provides his own defense via wit and intellect, we sense the growing exhaustion in him.

- Paul Hansom, Ithaca Times

Brian Runbeck's Wilde is a carefully detailed character who has a human streak, as well as implacable rightness and bravery.

- Joan Vadeboncoeur, Syracuse Post-Standard

Runbeck’s performance was magnificent and embodied the character of Wilde with believable passion and conviction.  Runbeck was expressive enough to convey Wilde’s desires and ideals without becoming a caricature.

- Danica Hall, Cortland Standard

Comic relief, when needed, is often cerebral, and is provided in measured amounts by "character" witnesses, but in greater portions through the crafty, verbal twists and turns launched by veteran actor Brian Runbeck, who metes out extraordinary aural and visual stage justice as Wilde. 

Runbeck is not only facile with the somewhat stilted Victorian verbiage, he also strikes an uncanny resemblance to photographs of the writer in facial expression and physical "style".

- Tony Curulla, Syracuse Post-Standard




How the Other Half Loves

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES (Phoenix Theatre)

All of the actors are good, but it's Brian Runbeck, as the absent-minded aristocrat Frank, who makes the show. Playing somewhat of a stereotype - a droll dimwit representing the ineptitude of the upper crust - he delivers the playwright's witty dialogue with impeccable timing.

- Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic




Unbeatable

UNBEATABLE (Phoenix Theatre/Stages Rep)

There's a wonderful little ditty, Pharmacy Song, that's built almost entirely out of scientific
mumbo-jumbo; Brian Runbeck, one of several wonderful supporting players, performs it
with vaudevillian pizzazz.

- Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic




How the Other Half Loves

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

The sparkplug of CRT’s electric ensemble is Brian Runbeck as the sincere Frank Foster.
Whether he’s attempting to plumb the mysteries of broken electric toothbrush or fumbling
for the words to save a co-worker’s marriage, Runbeck exudes an almost exquisite
befuddlement.

- Len Fonte, Syracuse New Times


Brian Runbeck leads an energetic and accomplished cast with his spot-on portrayal of the slightly befuddled cuckold Frank.
It is marvelous work, and the rest of the cast matches his performance every step of the way.

- Tom Woods, CNY Theatre News and Reviews

Brian Runbeck is particularly hilarious as well-meaning but tedious Frank Foster.

- Miranda K. Pennington, Ithaca Times




Harvey

HARVEY (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

Runbeck creates a smiling, unfailingly polite, bright-eyed Elwood that wipes away memories of Jimmy Stewart in the same role. He’s self-contained and confident in his vision, with none of Stewart’s drawling hesitation. Part of the humor of his characterization is his talent to convince.

- James MacKillop, Syracuse New Times


As Dowd, Brian Runbeck breezes in looking for all the world like James Stewart, who starred in the 1950 film. But
Runbeck steers far clear of any of Stewart’s mannerisms and makes the role entirely his own. Runbeck especially captures
Dowd’s unflappable calm. He may fantasize the rabbit, but he delights in the world and the people in it. Still, Runbeck also
conveys Dowd’s loneliness.

- Neil Novelli, Syracuse Post Standard

Runbeck, as the sweet and oh-so-mannerly Elwood P. Dowd, has got his character down to a "t"; never once does he
stoop to gimmicks or grimaces to get his laughs, and he gets a good many… every member of the cast should look to his
example of how humor arises out of character and situation, not from the imposition of ticks, twitches, and gratuitous schtick.

- Caissa Willmer, Ithaca Times




I Love You, You're Pefect, Now Change

I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
(Arkansas Rep/Tennessee Rep)

All four get a chance to shine… with Runbeck running away with the character actor,
rubbery-face award. He could pass for everyone’s favorite uncle.

- Jack W. Hill, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Runbeck is a consummate pro whose smooth, easy confidence in a variety of parts is a treat for theatergoers.

- J.K. Jones, The Arkansas Times




Candida

CANDIDA AND HER FRIENDS (Theatre for the New City)

At the center of it all is Brian Runbeck, appealingly confused and disarmed as the questing
professor.

- Marc Denton, NYTheatre.com




DAMN YANKEES (Mill Mountain Theatre)

But if anyone comes close to stealing this show, it’s Runbeck as the evil, funny Applegate (he’s more funny than evil).
Runbeck’s Applegate is sly and cynical.

- Katherine Reed, The Roanoke Times

But the greatest kudos are reserved for the devilish Applegate of Brian Runbeck. He is lovable, hateable, campy, funny, evil,
adorable in a vehicle obviously tilted in favor of the All-American Boy, you find yourself rooting for an All-Universe Heel!

- Margaret Reamy, RoanokeVAGuide.com

Equally excellent is Brian Runbeck as devilish Applegate. Runbeck’s comic relief is an integral part of the show’s success.

- Robert Downey, Salem Times-Register

Brian Runbeck is a lot of fun as Applegate. It is a great role and he captures it well.

- Anna Wentworth, WVTF & WDBJ – Channel 7 (Roanoke, VA)

My personal pick for a standing ovation would have been Applegate as portrayed by Brian Runbeck. Fantastic!

- Roanoke Tribune




OKLAHOMA! (Downtown Cabaret of Bridgeport)

Brian Runbeck is a fine comic actor in the role of Ali.

- Julie Stern, The Newtown Bee




BYE BYE BIRDIE (Davis Productions/Herberger Theatre)

Brian Runbeck shows superb timing and versatile physical comedy as Kim's father. Runbeck's interpretation of "Hymn for
a Sunday Evening" and his crazy antics during "One Last Kiss" are highlights of the evening.

- Gerald Thomson, Phoenix New Times




 
 

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