Best (and Sometimes Only) Reason to See a Mamet Play - 2000
Kevin Karrick, Actor
We'll go anywhere and see anything (even bad Mamet) if Karrick is acting in it. He gave the performance of the year in 1999 as John Tanner in Shaw's Man and Superman (a Shotgun Players production -- Karrick is a company member), while his Mercutio in Shotgun's Romeo and Juliet was hugely entertaining. And as we've already indicated, Karrick's golden turn in Mamet's Speed-the-Plow made the play bearable. His stocky body and smooth features constantly in motion, Karrick is always energized, projecting complex motives, emotions, and objectives. He's completely present in a way that few other actors are, using his flawless technique and rich, clear baritone to communicate the complicated, contradictory humanity of his characters. You'd think Berkeley Rep or ACT would kill to get a performer this good for themselves, but rather selfishly, we're thrilled to see him in smaller, more intimate venues. Karrick's talent turns even jaded theatergoers like us into gushing groupies.