HAMLET REHEARSED
Smith Street Stage

Amid the pandemic's freeze on live theatre, Smith Street Stage filmed a workshop of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Here's a teaser of the upcoming documentary featuring Purcell.

TWELFTH NIGHT
Denver Center For The Performing Arts

"Alex Purcell’s Sebastian — generally a throwaway part allotted to whichever actor can be made to look like his supposed twin, Viola, but here an interesting man genuinely thrown by all the insane contradictions flying his way: the beautiful woman he’s never seen before but who inexplicably loves him; the dear friend who, apparently out of the blue, accuses him of betrayal."

-Juliet Wittman, WESTWORD.COM

"Alex Purcell was also quite impressive as [Viola's] charismatic brother, Sebastian."

 

-Michael Mulhern, DENVER THEATRE PERSPECTIVES

LEAR: THAT OLD MAN I USED TO KNOW
Smith Street Stage

"Alex Purcell is a standout."

-TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES, Suzanna Bowling

"Purcell makes Edmund who romances both Goneril and Regan a virile, seduction presence."

-THEATERSCENE.NET, Victor Gluck

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Portland Stage Company

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"Alex Purcell was a hearty, kind Nephew Fred."

-BROADWAY WORLD, Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Smith Street Stage

Here's PIX 11 News covering

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in which Purcell plays Demetrius.

"A fresh and funny vision brimming with spectacular performances by a uniformly talented cast." 

-STAGE LEFT CRITIC'S PICK, Robert Russo

"I wish every production of Midsummer Night's Dream was as easy to enjoy as this." ★★★★★

-OPPLAUD, Andrew Andrews

DISGRACED
Hangar Theatre

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"Armed with a grin and a reflexive chuckle, [Purcell's Amir is] an ingratiating figure. After the application of alcohol and humiliation, that smile becomes desperate, then dangerous. Purcell charts Amir's identity crisis with harrowing precision."

 

-SYRACUSE.COM, Len Fonte

"Alex Purcell plays [Amir] whip-smart, with a wiry energy and constant nervous smile that’s at once engaging, threatening and defensive."

 

-ITHACA.COM, Barbara Adams

DISGRACED
Portland Stage Company

"Alex Purcell is both touching and obnoxious as his Amir unravels the weave of half-truths which have sustained him. He effectively articulates his character's ambivalence and growing anger not only through the author's sometimes gasp-inducing dialogue but through an in-your-face performance."

 

-BROADWAY WORLD, Steve Feeney,

"[Purcell] brings out the nuances of Akhtar’s script... Purcell’s Amir is like a rubber band, slowly stretched until his frayed nerves snap irreparably." 

-PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, April Boyle

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PUBLIC ENEMY
Pearl Theatre Company

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The U.S. premiere of PUBLIC ENEMY, in which Purcell plays Billing, has been named a New York Times Critics' Pick. The play is David Harrower's adaption of Henrik Ibsen's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.

"As newsmen and newspaper backers, Alex Purcell, Robbie Tann, and John Keating are very credible weaklings."

-HUFFPOST, David Finkle

STUPID FU**ING BIRD
Pearl Theatre Company

The NYC premiere of Aaron Posner's STUPID FU**ING BIRD, in which Purcell understudies Con, has been named a New York Times Critics' Pick. 

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BIRD BRAIN
Cincinnati Playhouse (touring)

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"Purcell has a natural charm and presence"

 

-THE SAPPY CRITIC, Kirk Sheppard

THEORY OF MIND
Cincinnati Playhouse (touring)

"Purcell finds a way to take his three characters and make them all different… And when the little old lady in the back of the room asked him if he was single during the talk back, well his genuine reaction was as funny as anything I’ve seen in awhile."

 

-THE SAPPY CRITIC, Kirk Sheppard

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