Acting

Great Expectations – March 2015 – Directed by Chris Goode – Starring Jonathan Wainwright

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“Given such a role as Herbert Pocket — Pip’s best friend — Ben Parman is terrific: endearing, smart and alive to Dickens’ wickedly sharp humor. Parman also grasps what’s so often true in Dickens: Even the best of us are performers, proceeding by charming indirection rather than fully revealing ourselves. One sees all an actor of Wainwright’s caliber can do when blessed with such a stellar scenic partner; scenes between Pip and Pocket are the show’s highlight.” – Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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“Additional standouts include Ben Parman as Herbert Pocket, who offers superb expression as Pip’s gentleman roommate and is a joy to watch.” – Amanda Sullivan, Shepherd Express

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“One of the most delightful characters in the play is Herbert Pocket, very well rendered by Ben Parman.” – Julie McHale, GM Today

Oleanna – June 2014 – Directed by Erin Eggers – Starring David Sapiro and Ben Parman

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“This isn’t what Mamet intended. It’s better than that…a good portion of Ben Parman’s job is simply coming across as compassionately misunderstanding the basic relationship being outlined in the drama…Carol might come across as being dim-witted…thanks to Parman’s careful performance, she’s not. She’s come to the university to learn and one of those she’s learning from is questioning the value of a university education. She’s upset. Things get ugly. Thanks to the work of Parman and Sapiro under the direction of Erin Nicole Eggers, it’s a fascinating kind of ugly.” – Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express

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“Parman [embodies] a Carol whose very body language — stiff, angular and uncomfortable — reflects Carol’s fear and fury at an outside world she views as an implacable enemy…Mamet’s fractured and overlapping dialogue [is] excellently handled by both actors in this fast-paced production…” Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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“Parman, a very good actor, sold the physical scenes very well. And legal sticking points aside, the gender confusion his presence brings to the role lines up surprisingly well with Mamet’s text, which Eggers did not alter.” – Tom Strini

3 thoughts on “Acting

  1. Ben — I am interested in reading a copy of your play STARLINGS. I was on the Soulstice Theatre’s website and your play caught my attention. I am the owner/editor of Leicester Bay Theatricals (leicesterbaytheaatricals.com) and would love to explore publishing and licensing arrangements with you.

  2. Ben — I was on the website of Soulstice Theatre and saw your play, STARLINGS, in the upcoming listings. I would love to read a copy and explore publishing and licensing arrangements with you.
    (leicesterbaytheatricals.com)
    Mike Perry

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