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as Chef Harry in the world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse

“Rebeck wrote the role of Harry for Dykstra— and Dykstra embodies the part with the kind of fullness that makes Harry seem like someone you already know. His Harry isn’t just stubborn and imperturbable; he savors those qualities in himself, glorying in how they rankle everyone else.”

-San Francisco Chronicle

 

as LBJ in All The Way at St. Louis Repertory Theatre

“A big man, Dykstra dominates the stage physically and also vocally. Determined to accomplish his goals, he coos, he coaxes, he complains (to his wife and closest aide) and he curses; sometimes he roars ferociously at men who are themselves powerful leaders, with principles and tempers of their own.
But Dykstra may be most impressive when he sits in the huge leather easy chair near the back of the stage, sipping a drink and making plans.”

- St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

as Reg in the world premiere of The Way of the World by Theresa Rebeck at The Dorset Theatre Festival

“To play Reg, Brian Dykstra tunnels straight to the heart of a man who's so brutally rich he need never mind his manners. Dykstra's all-in performance is bold and unforgettable.”

- Seven Days Vermont

as Doc in One Slight Hitch at The Human Race Theatre Company

“Dykstra is master of the confounded-dad face, mobile features, tripping over his own feet and doing it all with calculated grace and sense of comedy.”

- Dayton City Paper

as Patrick in the world premiere of The Nest by Theresa Rebeck at The Denver Center

“Patrick — who’s older and brasher — instinctively sides with Ned. Perhaps he’s just a chauvinist, but Brian Dykstra’s faceted performance suggests that that’s not entirely so.”

– Westword

as Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily

“Dykstra gave us a dastardly understated Moriarty, perfect for a show in which humor played a role. His intellectual deviousness was just right and his smugness nicely complemented the same in rival Holmes.”

– Manchester Journal

as Leonard in Seminar at The Kitchen Theatre Company

"Kitchen favorite Brian Dykstra embodies the role of Leonard - in both his irate and vulnerable moments - as if it were made for him.

- Ithaca Journal

Brian Dykstra as Rooster

as Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jerusalem at San Francisco Playhouse

“Dykstra segues from realistic rogue to near mythic proportions in his seductively poetic speeches and even in the wary alertness with which he scans the woods. His eyes are as eloquent as his words, radiating feral ferocity when threatened or seductive magnetism toward his long-ago fed-up ex. And when he looks seriously into the eyes of his son or the wayward Phaedra, you can almost believe Johnny's claim that the village's troubled teens may be safer with him than in their own homes.”

- San Francisco Chronicle

Lucky Guy

as Brian O’Regan in Lucky Guy at The Broadhurst Theatre

“Helmer George C. Wolfe has embedded Hanks in a terrific ensemble of veteran character actors and a helluva time is had by all.”

- Variety

Lord Capulet

as Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet at The Folger Theatre

“The hardy-drinking Lord Capulet (Brian Dykstra, in a compelling, volatile performance) is brutually abusive to wife, daughter, nephew and servant alike. It's easy to understand why Juliet would grab the chance to escape this tense environment.”

- Baltimore Sun

Brian Dykstra Selling Out at the Whitefire Theatre

in Brian Dykstra Selling Out at a variety of the theatres and colleges across the country

“Just as (Mort) Sahl could be devastating about the state of the States, so is Dykstra, long one of our most effective political stand-ups. He's been funny on the endlessly disturbing subject for so long that it's a wonder he isn't much better known. Why, an observer might very well wonder, doesn't he have his own Comedy Central half-hour? If Larry Wilmore does, why not this sly-fox guy?”

- David Finkle, Huffington Post

- Huffington Post, Top Ten L.A. Theatre Productions

Brian Dykstra in The Price

as Walter Franz in The Price at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento

"If you've ever seen members of a great basketball team working together, you understand a physical poetry unlike any other. Imagine Magic Johnson leading a fast break with James Worthy and Byron Scott on the wings. All great players, but together, as Aristotle once said, 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.' Those Lakers, called 'Showtime,' seem an apt analogy to 'The Price' at the B Street Theatre."

Read more here: - Sacramento Bee

Brian Dykstra in RED

as Mark Rothko in Red at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento

"Neither the writing nor Dykstra's captivating, larger-than-life performance attempt to manufacture a charming or sympathetic rogue from Rothko's imposing profile. Instead, they create a fascinating, implacable, unpredictable, intellectual bully. Don't even try taking your eyes off him. You can't, and you shouldn't miss a moment of the onstage excellence."

Sacramento Bee

Good People

as Mike in Good People at The Dorset Theatre Festival

"Dykstra has the most difficult role in the play. He carries it off well; even his darkest, meanest moments are played with a laid-away charm that thrives on such moments. There is so much going on in this performance that the onlooker could mistake gestures and vocal shadings as anything from closet sadist to homosexual to professional skeptic. Mike has worked his way out of the Boston ghetto and into a mainstream existence that is almost always a fiction. Dykstra’s fine performance makes us see that Mike isn’t even aware of all that."

Edge, Boston

Call Me Waldo

as Gus Sakellariadis in Call Me Waldo for The Working Theatre

“Call Me Waldo offers some genuine laughs, especially with its subplot involving the improbable romance between the vulgar, blue-collar Gus (the boisterously funny Brian Dykstra) and the refined Cynthia (Jennifer Dorr White).”

Frank Scheck, NY Post

Call Me Waldo

as Gus Sakellariadis in Call Me Waldo at The Kitchen Theatre Company

“Dykstra is brilliant as Gus, the hectoring, oversized loudmouth who screws up and blames others; the lion who's really a pussycat. The mainstay of his vocabulary is the f-word, and from his opening disapproval of the donuts with pink icing and sprinkles that Lee's brought to start their workday, he manages to invest this word with nuance and full ridiculous range.”

Ithaca Journal

Brian Dykstra in RED

as Mark Rothko in RED at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

“Dykstra's impassioned performance delivers a man who, at the height of his powers, understands that only one thing comes after heights. From the opening moments, when he takes the audience in his long, deep gaze, we realize he sees what we can't…[His] performance reveals a man as troubling as his paintings, subtly packed with deep shadows and almost-hidden sparks of light.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Kevin Klein Award Nominee

Brian Dykstra in RED

as Mark Rothko at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

“Dykstra’s Rothko is a vain, fearful, explosive genius who shows increasing doubt about the commission he has undertaken.”

City Beat, Critics Pick

The Body Politic

as Granville Parker in The Body Politic

“Brian Dykstra offers us a perfect Southern gentleman-politician. The accent is impeccable, his mannerisms patrician but not without a touch of country-boy charm. A well grounded, portrayal.”

Woman Around Town

First Prize

in First Prize at the ArcLight Theatre, Kef Productions

“There are many colorful passages detailing Adriana's interactions with successful conductors (perhaps inspired by the playwright's marriage to Lorin Maazel) all played masterfully by Brian Dykstra, who makes us laugh and cringe at the slimy characters he embodies.”

Theatermania

HO! by Brian Dykstra

in Ho! at The Drilling Company Theatre

“In Dykstra there are no airs and no pretensions. He emits a tough-guy honesty, a mixture of don't-fool-with-me and show-me-what-you-got. He's Everydude, which means he can do anything on stage, and very often he does.”

City’s Best

Brian Dykstra in Private Lives

as Elyot Chase in Private Lives at The Kitchen Theatre Company

“As Elyot, Dykstra, not the conventional type for this part, nails Elyot's superficiality and idleness, that desire to ‘enjoy the party as long as we can.’”

Ithaca Journal

Killing Women

as Ramone in Killing Women at The Samuel Beckett Theatre

“Brian Dykstra is convincingly cagey as the boss of this terminal collection agency.”

Theatermania

Ho

in HO! at The Kitchen Theatre Company

“Santaland Diaries move over; there’s another seasonal satire on the Christmas stage!”

Ithaca Journal

Claudius in Hamlet

as Claudius in Hamlet at Northern Stage Company

“Brian Dykstra, as Claudius, is evil as can be, but adds a dimension of remorse.”

Rutland Herald

A Play On Words Brian Dykstra

as Max in A Play on Words at 59E59 Theaters Americas Off Broadway Festival

“‘Waiting for Godot’…‘Who’s on first?’…diverting and clever!”

New York Times

Brian Dykstra in The Little Foxes

as Oscar Hubbard in Little Foxes at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

“Convincingly villainous”

New York Times

Brian Dykstra in A Play on Words

as Max in A Play On Words at The Kitchen Theatre Company

“Dykstra's Max is easily recognizable; even if we hadn't seen him onstage before we'd know this loud, manic, labile, overbearing, vulnerable and irresistibly impossible guy.”

Ithaca Journal

The Seagull

as Boris Trigorin in The Seagull at the American Repertory Theatre

"Powerful and astute performances--- real, careful, and exciting work by skilled actors working in concert. That's what theater needs - now, and no doubt 200,000 years from now, too."

Boston Globe

Strangerhorse by Brian Dykstra

in Brian Dykstra THE JESUS FACTOR at The Barrow Street Theatre

“Dykstra Strikes Again!
The Jesus Factor is must-see theatre for every concerned citizen, regardless of their political leanings.---engaging in every sense of the word!”

Critics Pick, NYtheatre.com

Strangerhorse by Brian Dykstra

in STRANGERHORSE at the Kitchen Theatre Company

“Kitchen Theatre regular audiences easily remember Brian Dykstra as the overbearing, philandering husband in “A Marriage Minuet” or the aggressive lawyer in his own play “Clean Alternatives.” Both roles called for dynamic force and verbal fireworks, and Dykstra delivered in spades. But in his explosive new play Dykstra leaves the clash of personalities to others. His own role is of a contemporary Sioux whose brief story quietly but powerfully bookends the play. None of Dykstra's flashing-eyed comic expressions here, only craggy features and tired eyes squinting against the sun. His speech bears the blunted, lilting Indian cadence. In worn Western clothes, complete with dusty cowboy hat and bandana, Dykstra seems so iconic a Native American that one audience member later asked if he wasn't, in fact, of that heritage.”

Ithaca Journal

A Marriage Minuet

as Rex Franklin in A Marriage Minuet
at the Kitchen Theatre Company

"The Kitchen Theatre Company closes its 16th season not with a bang but an explosion - of laughter erupting from the audience. You can doubtless hear it from a block away. All five actors are splendid, with Dykstra as the offensive Rex dazzling the most."

Ithaca Journal

Sealed for Freshness

as Richard (the bewildered husband) in Sealed For Freshness
at New World Stages

Clean Alternatives

as Mr. Cutter in Clean Alternatives at 59E59 Theatres, Assembly Rooms (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and at the Kitchen Theatre Company

"Though his words are well crafted and his thinking clear, it almost doesn't matter what he's saying. The sheer sound of his voice as it rises and falls offers its own visceral reward.  Dykstra's work provides the startling immediacy that makes live performance feel so alive."

Variety

"Dykstra, as the aptly named Cutter, stays with the team. But it's not without consequences. He knows what he's become, and this awareness horrifies us precisely because he knows all his own angles and he anticipates all the arguments. Dykstra shows us the cost of compromise, but not through a whitewash. Instead he lets Cutter remain big, bullish, eloquent and fiery right to the very end. Don't expect any easy closure."

Ithaca Times

as Don in ROUNDING THIRD at Theatreworks

“Don (Brian Dykstra in a definitive performance) and Michael (Daniel Cantor, who holds his own admirably against the Dykstra juggernaut) begin "Rounding Third" on opposite philosophical benches, they wind up meeting somewhere in the middle...This is Dykstra's show; a performance that finds rich complexity.”

Berkshire Eagle

Brian Dykstra cornered and alone

BRIAN DYKSTRA: CORNERED & ALONE at Access Theater

a comedic rant of political proportations

"One Off Broadway production you can be sure Republicans won't be flocking to is "Brian Dykstra: Cornered & Alone," but Democrats and environmentalists are going to find Mr. Dykstra 's EXHILARATING one-man show INTOXICATING and enormously satisfying."

The New York Times

Hiding Behind Comets

as Cole in HIDING BEHIND COMETS at 29th Street Rep, New York

“Tense barroom thriller… Sexually charged… Fiery… Mesmerizing… Riveting”

Marilyn Stasio, Variety

AMERICANA ABSURDUM at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London

“This is the fastest theatre I've ever seen. The cast rip through their lines at patter-song pace…the talented nine-strong cast amidst the zaniness and constant activity even manage to lend a sympathetic humanity to their loathsome characters.”

Time Out London, Critics Choice

Americana Absudrum

AMERICANA ABSURDUM at PS122.

“That Americana Absudrum has been a hit in London and Edinburgh is no shock: Brits and Scots can always be expected to shell out money to see Yanks behaving badly. Just because you live here doesn't mean you shouldn't join them in opening your wallet.”

Theatermania

Brian Dykstra in Copenhagen

as Heisenberg in COPENHAGEN at The Arizona Theater Company

“Brilliant”

Tucson Weekly

That Damn Dykstra

THAT DAMN DYKSTRA (the boxed set) at Access Theater

“Brian Dykstra is working hard to turn ranting into a new genre, and if he succeeds comedy may not be safe…”

The Village Voice

Brian Dykstra  in The Mean Queen

THE MEAN QUEEN & THE THIEF OF HEARTS at Access Theater

“Magnificent storytelling”

Washington Square News

View from the Bridge

as Eddie Carbone in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at TheatreFest

What if the new Jersey professional and semiprofessional theaters bestowed their own version of the Tony Awards?…If I were the nominator, here’s the way I’d see the 2002-2003 season:…(nominations) Best Play Actor…Brian Dykstra for A View From the Bridge.”

Peter Filichia, The Star Ledger

“As Eddie, Brian Dykstra gives a career-defining performance. An actor of remarkable depth and insight, Dykstra captures flawlessly the creeping, corroding sense of loss with which Eddie battles…Film star Anthony LaPaglia’s Eddie, on Broadway in 1997, seemed far too young and virile for the role. It is eye-opening here to watch Dykstra make Eddie his own. Wrapping his burly arms around his character, he comes out slugging with a power and ferocity that leaves one drained watching. His beefy, slightly stooped frame slumped in Eddie’s favorite chair, his face twisted in confusion as he confronts unexplored feelings of lust for his niece, his eyes mirroring contempt for the desperate Beatrice and barely repressed rage at the joyful innocence of Rodolpho— Dykstra’s Eddie is a man in turmoil and pain.

Naomi Siegel, The Montclair Times

Brian Dykstra  in Dinner with Friends

as Gabe in DINNER WITH FRIENDS at The Philadelphia Theatre Company

“Memorable”

Philadelphia Inquirer

Forsaking All Others by Brian Dykstra

as David in FORSAKING ALL OTHERS, at the Access Theater

“A chess game of fast paced moves...”

Backstage, NY

 

as Banquo in MACBETH, at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

“Electrifying.”

Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

as Sir Toby in TWELFTH NIGHT, at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

“Dykstra is hilarious as the drunken Sir Toby Belch.”

John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Brian Dykstra  in All The Rage

as Tim in ALL THE RAGE, at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

“Each of us will prefer some performances over others— Dykstra’s soul-less insolence.”

Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

as Krogstad in A DOLL’S HOUSE, at the Asolo Theatre

“Viperish”

Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald Tribune

as Forbes in INCOMMUNICADO, at the Harold Clurman Theater

“Deft.”

John Simon, New York Magazine
(Incommunicado, Off-Broadway

Brian Dykstra  in Bobby Gould in Hell

as The Interrogator in BOBBY GOULD IN HELL, at New Hope Performing Arts Festival

“The cast of four in uniformly excellent, expertly catching the snap and crackle of Mamet’s volleying dialogue. At the center of the wordplay is Brian Dykstra’s admirably manic portrayal of the merciless by witty interrogator.”

Douglas J. Keating The Philadelphia Inquirer

Creon in ANTIGONE, at St. John the Divine

“Brian Dykstra is quite the powerhouse.”

Peter Filichia, Theater Week (Antigone)

 

as Det. Wills in A MOST SECRET WAR, at the Judith Anderson

“Deft.”

John Simon, New York Magazine
(A Most Secret War, Off-Broadway)

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