MABON ROCK

PRODUCTIONS

Notable Reviews of Recent Times

I Am My Own Wife

Dennis Fox is outstanding in his portrayal of the vulnerable but indestructible Charlotte. It takes a bit of adjusting to get used to the German accents and the lightning change of characters (in the course of the play he takes on 40 different characters), but by the end one comes to care deeply for this woman." "Fox [is] an absolute wizard of the stage, asserting his right to be there and never letting his audience leave him. It is a tour de force of brilliant acting, understated yet unforgettable."
Iowa City Press-Citizen; Marcella Lee

​"Fox succeeds in playing the role of Charlotte with a simple, direct authenticity that is astounding. She speaks in German and German-accented English, which Fox also nails, and the ease with which he slips in and out of the languages and the decades required to play this single role is, to put it mildly, jaw dropping. His Charlotte is reserved but often blunt, showing much emotion through intensely-impassioned eyes and occasionally clipped speech, free of the flamboyance some might assume she would have, and this quiet, incredibly powerful performance is affecting in ways you couldn't possibly expect."
Quad City Times; Ruby Nancy

​"[a]lone actor, Dennis Fox, who has the challenge of re-creating almost 40 different characters throughout the course of the play.His chameleon-like changes of physicality and voice are mesmerizing and absorbing. He easily morphs from the demure and endearing Charlotte to the stiffness and rage of her father and back again. Fox's performance is warm and inviting; in that you want to go on this journey with him to meet this multitude of characters. As Charlotte says in the beginning: 'Come in please, there is room for everyone.'"
The Patriot-News; Dave Olmsted

​"Fox handles the role [Charlotte} with distinct, occasionally repetitive gestures, but his performance cannot be declared less than astounding. He fills Riverside Theatre's petite, minimalist set with a precise care for authenticity, a process aided by the authentic Victrolas, rustic floors, and golden lighting around him. Even as Fox approaches starkly different characters (a hammy talk-show host, American newscasters, and Charlotta's wartime, strutting boyfriend) his attention to establishing each as an instantly recognizable presence is both swage and successful. When Fox plays the character Doug Wright--the playwright, who writes himself into the script and investigates Charlotta's life--Fox's quick strides suggest the passionate professionalism of a min confounded and awed by Charlotta. Without flinching of course, Fox can turn into a bumbling Texan or back into the careful, antiquing solitude of Charlotta….I will say if you haven't seen any theatrical production this year you better get to this one."
​The Daily Iowan; Louis Virtel


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"Festival headliner Dennis Fox led the cast in the title role, triumphing onstage as the grasping Richard never did in life. Fully committing to the crippled physique of his character, Fox invited the audience into the world of his dastardly deeds during the plays many asides. His eloquence and charisma propelled the plot forward."
The Daily Iowan, Ellen Harris

"Richard is an incredible actor, and in each scene he takes on a different role, doing whatever it takes to get the crown. It’s mesmerizing to watch. With each successive gambit he grows more audacious, and the audience is along for the ride.These Machiavellian manipulations require an energetic and versatile actor. Fox does not disappoint here. He plays the role with characteristic charm, wooing the audience with his wicked schemes. He is an expert with text, keeping time with the manic pace of the play like a well-wound clock. He regularly turns to the audience, telling us what’s going to happen next. When he does this, he comes alive, and so do Shakespeare’s words."
​Corridor Buzz.com; James Trainor

"Dennis Fox stars as the conniving and charming Richard, a man determined to rule England no matter the cost and despite his deformity. Fox — who wears a leg brace and keeps one hand curled behind his back — navigates the changes in tone and loyalty that mark his troubled character, commanding the stage whether wheedling or raging."
Cedar Rapids Gazette; Rob Cline


​Sherlock Holmes

"Dennis Fox is a fine Holmes who reminded me in many ways of Hugh Laurie. His delivery of the sort of lines we expect and hope to hear from the famous fictional detective is fresh and believable."
Broome County Arts Council; Nancy Oliveri


​Winters Tale, Leontes

"Actor Dennis Fox inhabited the role[Leontes] with a twitchy paranoia just this side of physical violence.With pitch-perfect speech inflected by tones of wounded jealousy and accusatory pettiness, Fox delivered a commanding, edgy performance of the lead role in one of last plays Shakespeare composed."
Corridor Buzz.Com, Loren Keller


​Midsummer Nights Dream, Francis Flute

"Francis Flute, on the other hand, played by Dennis Fox, grabs attention with subtle postural shifts and deadpan glares. Assigned a woman’s role in the tradespeople’s play, Flute’s first attempt at walking in high heels, cigar dangling from his mouth, is one of many of the evening’s side-splitting moments."
​CorridorBuzz.com; Amy Jacobus