Reviews

Caps for Sale

Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD 2015
National Tour 2015
New Victory Theatre, off-Broadway, NYC 2016

BroadwayWorld.com: “Pearson’s direction allows the actors and actresses a freedom in their roles that greatly adds to the production’s humor and fun.”
DC Metro Theatre Arts: “Director Patrick Pearson does well in setting a highly energetic and kooky pace, without letting it turn over-the-top.”
DC Theatre Scene: “Director Patrick Pearson keeps the pacing swift and the focus steady.”
Maryland Theatre Guide: “Adventure Theatre’s production of Caps For Sale: The Musical, directed by Patrick Pearson, easily captivates children and adults alike, weaving together multiple theatrical elements that are each solid and entertaining.”


Blue Straggler

Source Festival, Washington, DC 2015

Maryland Theatre Guide: “This show is an example of art at its best.”
DC Theatre Scene: “Director Patrick Pearson keeps the pacing swift and the focus steady.”
DC Theatre Scene: “Director Patrick Pearson keeps the pacing swift and the focus steady.”


Nero/Pseudo

WSC Avant Bard, Washington, DC 2014

Broadway World Review: “Director Patrick Pearson has given this new show a great launching, complete with a kick-ass backup band (named, appropriately, Suckled by Wolves) and a solid ensemble.”
Maryland Theatre Guide:  “This rocking musical is an intense experience, one sure to leave you tapping your foot and wondering what your legacy on this earth will be.”


The Trouble with Words

Coeurage Theatre,  Los Angeles, CA  2013

Broadway World Review:  “This has to be one of the best musical reviews I have ever seen, due to the fabulously talented cast, expert direction and choreography, and the amazing 6-piece orchestra.”
Stage Scene LA:  “All of the above has been directed by the brilliant (and recently Ovation nominated) director Patrick Pearson, once again lending supreme creativity and flair to The Trouble With Words.”
LA Weekly:  “GO – Smart, sexy, funny and heartbreaking.”


Rooms: a Rock Romance

Chance Theatre, Anaheim, CA   2012

OVATION NOMINATION — Best Director of a Musical
Backstage:  “Patrick Pearson’s vibrant staging adds emotional heft to the story.”
OC Register:  “Rooms is also yet another engrossing, immersive, intimate musical theater experience from Chance, which continues to raise the bar for other theater companies’ musical stagings.”
Stage Scene LA:  “Major L.A./O.C. theaters would do well to snap Pearson up before we lose him to Broadway.”


The Trouble with Words

Coeurage Theatre,  West Hollywood, CA  2011

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL — Best Musical
LA Theatre Review:  “Skilled direction by Patrick Pearson keeps The Trouble With Words from being a concert, and adds another beautiful level to the performance. His touch is evident in each song, helping mold each into its own story within the cycle.”
Stage Scene LA:  “Directed with consummate imagination and flair by Patrick Pearson…”
Stage and Cinema:  “Patrick Pearson’s direction is focused and fluid – he is to be commended for avoiding the manic direction that normally accompanies ‘revues,’ allowing the songs to rightfully be the star.”
Musicals in LA:  “There is an inherent vulnerability in The Trouble With Words and director Patrick Pearson has found every nuance within it.”
LA Theatre Review:  “Skilled direction by Patrick Pearson keeps The Trouble With Words from being a concert, and adds another beautiful level to the performance. His touch is evident in each song, helping mold each into its own story within the cycle.”


I Love You Because

Grand Central Theatre, Santa Ana, CA 2011

Stage Scene LA:  “[Pearson’s] work here is every bit as impressive, proving that with a gifted cast, a superb musical director-accompanist, an imaginative choreographer, and topnotch lighting designer, an ultra-barebones black-box show can prove as satisfying as a big-money, big-theater, big-orchestra, big set production.”


Equus

Young Theatre, Fullerton, CA 2010

Stage Scene LA:  “This is theatre at its very best.”


Altar Boyz

Celebration Theatre, West Hollywood, CA  2009

LA WEEKLY AWARD WINNER — Best Ensemble
LA WEEKLY NOMINEE — Best Musical
Backstage:  “When turned over to Pearson, music director Christopher Lloyd Bratten, and his knockout band, and performed by these five charismatic kids who work their butts off interpreting choreographer Ameenah Kaplan’s delightfully tongue-in-cheek moves, magic happens.”
Los Angeles Times:  “The cast, under the direction of Patrick Pearson, performs the show’s 13 numbers with just the right combination of angel-faced oblivion and winking sexual innuendo.”
Blog Critics:  “First praise must go to director Patrick Pearson and choreographer Ameenah Kaplan for creating a totally fresh, original version of the show for this production.”
Stage Scene LA:  “Pearson is a major directorial talent … .  Time and time again, Pearson’s imaginative choices make this Altar Boyz seem fresh and new.”
LA Splash:  “Perhaps what I appreciate most in the direction is the attention to the drama; the beats of real emotion and real crisis in between the band’s rehearsed banter, cheesy songs and elaborate choreography. Pearson forsakes neither tone, nor the intimate human moments within the show for its overall satirical thrust.  Thank you. Well Done.”
BroadwayWorld.com
“The entire cast are a joy to watch under Pearson’s skilled direction and within Ameenah Kaplan’s stomp-like choreography.”


Violet

Grand Central Theatre, Santa Ana, CA 2009

Stage Scene LA:  “Ultimately, though, what elevates this production from excellent to outstanding is Pearson’s direction.  Besides the spot-on performances he has elicited from his cast, Pearson finds imaginative ways to make use of the intimate black-box stage.”


A New Brain

Grand Central Theatre, Santa Ana, CA 2007
Rude Guerrilla Theatre, Santa Ana, CA  2008
El Portal Forum Theatre, North Hollywood, CA 2009

Los Angeles Times:  “Heart and music infuse A New Brain in the shrewdly spare, gorgeously sung revival … .  Patrick Pearson’s inventive staging sends his vibrant cast sailing around Wagner’s restive, touching hero, seamlessly trading off accompaniment duties in post-John Doyle manner under Pearson and Gregory Nabours’ co-musical direction.”
OC Weekly:   “Pearson and musical director Gregory Nabours envisioned something much more, and it pays off ten-fold. Add to this the casting of some truly gorgeous voices …, and you have one elevated, seamless romp that can send chills up your neck and sprout tears in the most cynical of eyes.”
OC Weekly Best of 2007:  “Director Patrick Pearson and an absolutely flawless cast used every inch of the space, singing and dancing their hearts out.”
Stage Scene LA:  “Patrick Pearson’s breathtakingly conceived production of William Finn’s A New Brain is the most dazzling display of young talent you’re likely to see this year..”


Songs from an Unmade Bed

Celebration Theatre, West Hollywood, CA  2008

Los Angeles Times:  “Displaying the same ingenuity that buoys his bare bones New Brain at Rude Guerrilla, director Patrick Pearson rumples the sheets with fetching élan.”
LA Weekly:  “Patrick Pearson directs with unobtrusive finesse.”
Stage Scene LA:  “Pearson never lets Unmade Bed become just a set of songs. Despite having no book/dialog, this is real theater.”