"Charming...Children will be captivated!"
--The New York Times
is a charmingly dynamic storyteller, who seamlessly tells the
holiday classic, transitioning from actor to narrator and
--Locust Valley Leader, NY
"A most welcome Christmas present...a sincere, moving performance
that set the mood for the coming holidays."
--Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot, NY
"Compelling... [Bodine] switched roles so seamlessly that the
audience soon forgot there was one man on stage...he captivated an
audience that ran the gamut of ages -- children as young as eight
--Oyster Bay Guardian, NY
"A Dickens of a good show!"
--Westfield Evening News, MA
POE, TIMES TWO
expertly brought these two haunting classics off the dusty
pages of the textbook and to vivid, breathing life on the stage....I
was floored by how astoundingly great his performance was."
5 STARS: Best of The 2016 Capital Fringe!
Metro Theater Arts
"Poe,Times Two sets a high bar for the remainder of Fringe
2016. Greg Oliver Bodine has taken two very difficult but very
Fringe-y types of theater, the horror genre and the solo performance
form, and hit them both out of the ballpark. If you like horror
generally, or Poe specifically, put Poe, Times Two on your
RATING: 5/5 - Pick of the Capital Fringe!
/ Performer, Greg Oliver Bodine, dramatically renders the stories of
“The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” with intelligence,
humor and a serious appreciation of Edgar Allan Poe’s understanding
of our fears and madness.”
–Joe Franklin, Bloomberg Radio - WBBR 1130 AM
“Greg Oliver Bodine is an actor of extraordinary natural gifts which
he has honed to the highest professional acuity. With his agile face
he can evoke emotions from scorn and amusement, to horror and
despair. He connects with us tangibly, and he completely ‘inhabits’
his characters’ fast-changing moods….these two performances are
supreme exemplifications of acting at its highest reaches.…A scary,
stunningly staged, high-fright homage to the creator of the horror
–Ronald Gross, Editor-in-Chief, New York Theater Buying Guide
"[Dark Soundings] is something reminiscent of Masterpiece Theatre --
very turn of the century, very warm, but somehow unsettling, because
in its richness hides something sinister...Bodine engaged the
audience with his character's intensely nervous eyes and jilting
movements, spooking a boy in the front row so badly that he nearly
jumped out of his seat."
--Oyster Bay Guardian, NY
perhaps no greater challenge than for a young actor to perform alone
on stage for a full hour, recreating the life and character of a
famous personality with all its strengths and weaknesses. Jason Vail
succeeded in keeping his audience involved and engaged without a
letdown, a credit to his versatility and acting skills!"
Bay Enterprise-Pilot , NY
captivating performance! Greg Bodine transports the audience to
another time and place in his newest one-act play, Frankenstein."
--Catherine Morris, President, Friends of the Ruth Keeler Memorial
Library, North Salem, NY
"This new production is moodily atmospheric--an engrossing gothic
tale of mystery and horror that captured and held our audience from
start to finish!"
--Katherine Van Leeuwen, Assistant Director, The Brookfield Library,
"Greg Oliver Bodine's one-man adaptation of Frankenstein was
evocative, compelling, and impressive!"
--Adrian Alexander, Manager of Information Services, Mount Laurel
"Greg Oliver Bodine's adaptation of Frankenstein enraptured our
audience -- we'd welcome him back anytime. I highly recommend!"
--Katherine Mostacero, Head of Reference, Southbury Public Library,
"Fantastic! Every person in the audience asked "how did he do it?"
And, they loved the show -- I'm still hearing rave reviews!"
--Phyllis Cox, PR/Program Coordinator, Jericho Public Library, Long
"Mr. Bodine perfectly personifies the complicated and nuanced
characters of Shelley's work. It is almost unfathomable that one
person can bring a work like this to life, and yet he does it. Using
his voice and subtle changes of aspect, Bodine manages to convey the
futile rage of the "monster" one moment while the next he has us
contemplating the moral corruption that Frankenstein acknowledges
that lead to his creation."
--Kathy Kelly, Proprietor of Paranormal Books & Curiosities, Asbury
"Dark Soundings -- what a great night. Greg's performance of these
two short stories was spell-binding. It's not often that you can
watch one actor hold an audience so tightly in his grasp. The
crowd's attention was riveted to the stage for the entire
- Mike Passaretti,
Entertainment Chairman, Ketewomoke Yacht Club, NY
Bodine's performance of Dark Soundings was amazing! Not only
were the stories nicely spooky, but the acting, sets and effects all
contributed to an atmosphere perfect for Halloween! Greg has been
here three years in a row, now, and he never lets us down!"
Bailey, Adult Services Librarian, Derry Public Library, NH
patrons had a delightful treat watching spooky tales delivered by
the very talented Greg Oliver Bodine. Mr. Bodine narrated two
scary, nautical stories that captured the attention of older
children and their parents."
- Lillian Hecker, Reference Librarian, Town of Pelham Public Library,
Soundings evoked the setting and ambiance of two separate stories
with intimate staging that brought you right into the tales -- I was
mesmerized by Greg Bodine’s portrayal of the various characters!"
Kathleen Seyfried, Trustee, Hillside Public Library, NY
Bodine’s performance of “The Upper Berth” is truly engaging and
enchanting. Bodine embodies the various characters effortlessly and
with conviction. “The Upper Berth” is an absorbing ghost story that
should not be missed. This frightening tale had me looking
over my shoulder (and above!) more than once."
Ray Chao, LILAC Steamship Events Coordinator, Pier 40, NYC
then a century after it was written, The Yellow Wallpaper
continues to enthrall its readers, and I was delighted to bring this
dynamic stage production of the short story to campus. Annalisa
Loeffler is absolutely compelling in this absorbing portrait that
delves into the tormented mind of a woman who is trapped in a world
she cannot escape.”
- Dr. N.
J. Stanley, Coordinator, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Lycoming
Yellow Wallpaper, as adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine and acted by
Annalisa Loeffler, is a wonderful adaptation of the classic short
story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- sensitively performed by
Annalisa, whose descent into madness as Jane, is breathtakingly
realized and morbidly fascinating! Not a subject for the feint
of heart, but one which portrays the general isolation and
powerlessness that many women in the 19th century endured, some with
disastrous results. Go see it, and expect to be spellbound."
Lindquist, Director of Development,
Westfield On Weekends, MA
POE, TIMES TWO
"Greg Oliver Bodine uses his
actor's tools for Poe, Times Two
and creates specific and distinct worlds -- both physical and
emotional...a part of what I'm trying to do as the Artistic Director
of Cape May Stage is to celebrate the art of acting as well as the
art of writing, and Greg really does both so well."
Steinberg, Artistic Director, Cape May Stage, NJ
appearing as Stephen Harrison in our wildly successful Main Stage
production of Beneath the Hush, A Whisper,
Greg has moved across the lobby and, apparently, straight into hell!
His performance(s) as a defiant Venetian nobleman and a condemned
prisoner keeping congress with the ghosts who have gone before him
is quite the tour de force! Greg has beautifully adapted the
source material from real-life literary lunatic Edgar Allan Poe's
short stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat."
It’s a sumptuous evening…...Come on down and see Poe, Times
Two! If you dare! (No, seriously...
- Scott C. Sickles, Artistic Director, WorkShop Theater Company, NYC
Poignant, Powerful and Scary! Greg Oliver Bodine continues to amaze
me, as he finds the human heart in all his characters. Poe,
Times Two is exponentially
Plasse, President, Westfield On Weekends, MA
"It was fantastic! [Greg's]
seamless, one-man stage adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s The
Cask of Amontillado and The
Black Cat were spellbinding! The
benefit to our students was two-fold; a compelling lesson in the
literary classics, as well as exposure to riveting dramatic theatre.
The audience was truly mesmerized!"
- Kim Mascolo, PTA Arts In Education Representative, West Islip NY
"If you loved Greg as Charles
Dickens (and a throng of other characters) in his unforgettable
performance of A Christmas Carol,
you will be equally delighted with his performances of The
Cask of Amontillado and The
Black Cat. It strikes me that
Greg can portray comedy as well as tragedy, with equal aplomb. His
Poe characters are desperate, chilling, mad and altogether real."
- Chris Lindquist, Director, Westfield Athenaeum, MA
one-man performances of
of Amontillado and The Black
Cat were gripping and chilling; his
characters -- madly nuanced and deliciously scary!"
Robbins, Institute Coordinator, Tilles Center for the Performing
Arts / Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY
overstate how enjoyable an evening Poe, Times Two was --
my customers are still raving about it and people are already lining
up for the next time! It was an evening of chills and
thrills to be sure!"
Kathy Kelly, Proprietor, Paranormal Books & Curiosities, NJ
Oliver Bodine breathed life into Poe's maniacal characters for our
middle school. While remaining faithful to the text, Bodine managed
to maintain an original perspective filled with creative
interpretation -- no small feat to make 19th century literature come
alive for 13 year-olds!"
Glenn Seland, Teacher, Oldfield Middle School, Greenlawn, NY
Times Two by Greg Oliver Bodine was a perfect performance to
have at the Butterfield Library. It appealed to a wide range of
patrons -- we had couples out for a 'date night', Seniors, teens and
young adults, and the performance delighted all of them. Greg showed
genuine talent and professionalism and we can’t wait to have him
Maureen McGrath, Head of Programming & Outreach, Julia L.
Butterfield Memorial Library, NY
powerful performance! Greg Oliver Bodine brought mystery,
murder, and mortar to these classic Poe tales. A truly captivating
and scary evening of chills and thrills that literally had the
jumping in their seats."
Caroline King, Library Assistant & Art Liaison, Oliver Wolcott Library, CT
murder, mortar...and much more. Greg's brilliant performance and
adaptation of two Poe classics was spine chilling. Perfect for the
Halloween season...or any season!"
- Nicole Waples-Stupienski, Programs Librarian, William E. Dermody Free
Public Library, NJ
audience was spellbound -- Bodine's faithful adaptations of Poe's
stories and his skillful characterizations kept the audience at the
edge of their seats. Set, costumes, lighting, music and superb
acting melded to create a mesmerizing performance that brought these
two classic tales to life!"
Robillard, Asst. Director, Derry Public Library, NH
well put together -- you won't be disappointed!"
- Doug Smith, Asst. Program Director, Entertaining Arts Committee (SAB),
California University of Pennsylvania, PA
performance was phenomenal -- I had one employee come to me and tell
me that it was the best Christmas banquet she had been to in her ten
years as an employee. A Christmas Carol was the perfect
ending to a wonderful evening!"
Click, HR Coordinator, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, IL
attention to myriad details, the humor, and all apropriate
sentiments were ever so capably expressed … I could not be more
proud of the calibre of professionalism in first rate story telling
his impersonation of Charles Dickens' rendering the beloved( for
sooo many reasons) of A CHRISTMAS CAROL…I merely hope that we can
persuade dear Mr. Bodine to make this a Holiday Perennial Offering
for us Tiny Tims of all ages and genders to enjoy for years to
Charles E. Gerber, Director of the Classical Theatre Wing, WorkShop
Theater Company, NYC
Oliver Bodine's one-man telling of A Christmas Carol completely
swept me away to Dickens' London. His mastery of character,
storytelling and expression is a joy to watch again and again. Six
times in my case!"
Ed McNamee, Founding Producer, Manhattan Theatre Source
Christmas show! Greg Oliver Bodine was truly wonderful. He
held the audience captive as he skillfully moved from one character
to another in the telling of Charles Dickens' well loved Christmas
Byers, Byers' Choice Ltd., Chalfont, PA
"A great tale and a fine actor, whose intelligent and witty
performance enthralled everyone. What could have been better? Bodine
and Dickens - a magical combination! Bravo!"
- Bob Plasse, President, Westfield On Weekends, MA
"One feels as though one has been magically transported back to
Victorian London and is seeing Mr. Dickens live and in person...all
the characters we know and love come leaping off the page back to
life...I was astounded by Greg's ability to capture the essence of
each of these remarkable characters with such skill and
precision...truly an amazing performance that I will not soon
Lindquist, Director, Westfield Athenaeum, MA
Bodine seamlessly transitioned from one character to the next in a
most impressive rendition of A Christmas Carol. Students were
engaged and thoroughly impressed with his ability to flawlessly
remember the entire novella!"
Saveth, English Teacher, Uniondale High School, NY
"What a show! The production was of the highest quality, quite above
most you see at libraries or even in local theatres. It was a true
Tracey Simon, Program Coordinator, Lynbrook Public Library, NY
"Excellent! All were truly enthralled. I can't imagine
any program Greg Bodine puts together that we would not want
Rhodes, Director, Maywood Public Library, NJ
"Everyone knows the story, but what Greg does to make it fresh is to
rediscover its simple humanity. He moves from one character voice to
another effortlessly, with a command of accent and cadence that is
Mac Rogers, Playwright, NYC
"As we looked for a production, it became clear that we didn't want
to offer our patrons another tired telling of the classic story, but
something new and fresh. Enter [Greg's] fantastic one-man
Millrod, Program Coordinator, Westhampton Free Library, NY
"... [Greg's] ability to morph from one character to another,
without losing a beat, was fascinating."
Suzanne Molczan, Program Coordinator, Hillside Public Library, New Hyde Park, NY
"I am very familiar with the story, having seen it many times
before, but [Greg's] interpretation was extraordinary."
Beth Saltalamacchio, Adult Programming, Plainview-Old Bethpage
Public Library, NY
wonderful performance -- very well done!"
Denise Butwill, Asst. Librarian, Oliver Wolcott Library, CT