Reviews, Photos, and Interviews from Various Productions
AS GASTON IN AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFÉ DU GRAND BOEUF:
A wonderful Andrew Sellon is Gaston, the woebegone chef who does all, no matter how dark, for love. — BrevardCulture.com
Sellon is a Chaplinesque master of facial expressions and physical comedy. He is an actor who can convey the heart behind the tears of a clown. —TCPalm.com
AS CHARLIE IN THE FOREIGNER (30TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION):
Andrew Sellon is deservedly the star of this show. He is understatedly long suffering without being a victim—a nerd we want to affirm. He represents that bit of the every-man in all of us. His physical comedy is intelligent rather than broad—not the hammy antics of “SNL.” His nerdiness is just right as he is likeable rather than pitiable, and his transformation is not so great as to be implausible. His success is in his subtlety. — TalkinBroadway.com
The lnchpin is Andrew Sellon’s creation of the woebegone Charlie. Sellon was one of the multi-faceted chameleons in the Maltz’s The 39 Steps from 2011 and he is an inspired choice to play the clown. Physically, he has all the right body language from the discomfort in his own skin to the wildly animated hero-in-the-making as the play progresses. But his secret is a face seemingly made of rubber. Sellon owns a wide array of expressions from the sad sack sorrow of Stan Laurel and the infinite grimaces of Howard Morris. He is especially winning when a slight glint comes to Charlie’s eyes when he realizes he can have fun with the situation and surreptitiously manipulate those around him. —FloridaTheaterOnStage.com
Andrew Sellon as Vanya is giving a striking performance. Vanya is the peacemaker almost all the way through the play, until a tour de force monologue shows a complete breakdown in which he reveals much of what lies underneath. — TalkinBroadway.com
Best moment: a passionate, yearning rant, and Andrew Sellon’s Vanya delivers it with both stunning simplicity and a nod to Durangian absurdity. —TheOregonian.com
Andrew Sellon, almost unrecognizable from his other Asolo Rep roles this season, is funny and touching as the former Rev. Jim Casy, who finds a new kind of calling on the trip. — SarasotaHeraldTribune.com
One of my favorite aspects of Asolo’s repertory system is the chance to see actors in wildly different roles. Andrew Sellon, another visiting artist, shows great versatility (he is Vanya in the Durang play) as ex-preacher Jim Casy. (I can’t imagine the fine actor David Hyde Pierce who originated the role of Vanya being able to do this part.) —TalkinBroadway.com
AS CANON O’BYRNE IN PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME!:
There’s a brief visit with the local priest, Canon O’Byrne, played with mischievous kindness by Andrew Sellon. — SarasotaHeraldTribune.com
Andrew Sellon impresses in his brief appearance as dutiful Canon O’Byrne, committed to routine. —Aislesay.com
AS NIKOLA TESLA IN THE DANGERS OF ELECTRIC LIGHTING:
The performances in The Dangers of Electric Lighting live up the play’s title. Every single one is electric! Andrew Sellon as Tesla is restrained, formal, tenacious and passionate about his art, operating on the moral high ground. Impeccably dressed in contrast to Edison’s slovenliness, Sellon’s Tesla is the sophisticated and knowledgeable underdog. The audience’s empathy for Tesla is palpable.
The Dangers of Electric Lighting at Shadowland Theatre is as brilliant as the illumination emanating from a light bulb powered by Tesla’s Alternating Current.
AS GIDGER IN THE VIOLET HOUR:
Although most of what happens when the machine starts taking over the office is troubling, there are several comic moments, most provided by Gidger, who begins to speak and behave as the man he might have been had he lived several decades in the future. — NY Theater Wire.
The standouts for me were Heather Lee Harper, who never lets Rosamund’s spoiled rich girl frivolity cover up the depth of her true feeling; and Andrew Sellon as the much-put-upon Gidger, who provides most of the comic relief with near-flawless timing. — Broadway World.
AS A MULTITUDE OF CHARACTERS IN THE 39 STEPS:(Maltz Jupiter Theatre)
This production should be nominated for a few prestigious Florida Carbonell Awards for Sound Design, Direction and Best Ensemble for a play. A Theatre Chat top pick! One of the best of the 39 Steps productions to date. This cast could be on any Broadway stage. — The Examiner
AS CHARLOTTE, DOUG AND ALL 33 OTHER CHARACTERS IN I AM MY OWN WIFE
(Vermont Stage Company)
Andrew Sellon won a lot of fans in 2005 with his engaging performance as the title character in the Vermont Stage production of the comedic play “The Foreigner.” He’ll be winning a lot more fans in the coming days with his latest impressively versatile Vermont Stage role as a really foreign foreigner…..It’s the rare one-actor play that doesn’t feel like a one-actor play, but his performance is so varied, it’s easy to forget he’s going it alone. — Burlington Free Press
I Am My Own Wife calls for one actor to play 35 characters and conjure a virtuosic range of accents and emotions — all while wearing a dress. Andrew Sellon excelled at every aspect of the demanding role….Sometimes it was hard to remember that the palpable presence of every character came from just one actor. — Seven Days
Andrew Sellon also gave real dimension to Lear’s Fool, the only character able to speak the truth. — Times Argus
[Donald] Grody [Lear] also demonstrated how Lear never loses his internal spark, as evidenced by his spirited bantering with the Fool (played sensitively by Andrew Sellon). — Seven Days
Grody displays flashes of humor, especially in scenes with his trusted Fool (Andrew Sellon). The cast surrounding Grody rises to his standard. — Burlington Free Press
Acting as a nursemaid and scolding schoolteacher, the Fool (Andrew Sellon) doles out tonics to calm Lear while chastising him through humor and logic, the only way to avoid offending him. Sellon also infuses genuine concern for Lear, worrying about his physical and mental health, desperate to keep him from harm; he is a fool by trade, a caregiver by loyalty and love. — PlayShakespeare.com
AS WAYNE IN INSPECTING CAROL
(Vermont Stage Company)
Andrew Sellon, who has become a mainstay lead actor in VSC productions, took Wayne through a hilarious series of transformations. The shy deer in the headlights became an eager beaver once on stage, but ultimately morphed into a Tasmanian devil who destroys everything in his path. It was a similar role to Sellon’s 2005 performance as Charlie in The Foreigner — and rendered just as brilliantly. — Seven Days
This fast-paced production, directed by Mark Nash, Vermont Stage’s artistic director, benefits from a stellar comic performance by Andrew Sellon as Wayne, who tries to turn the tables when he discovers he wasn’t hired for his acting ability. With a look and attitude of oblivious innocence reminiscent of Stan Laurel of the legendary Laurel and Hardy comedy team, Sellon is a master of comic timing. — Times Argus
Standouts include Sellon (a hit in the previous Vermont Stage Productions of “The Foreigner” and “I Am My Own Wife”), who is not only a good actor, he’s good at portraying a bad actor. — Burlington Free Press
I’ve seen Waiting for Godot many times; some productions had music — tubular bells! — and some had Chaplinesque clowns. But Vermont Stage Company’s poignant rendition has them all beat. Four strong actors — no weak links here — largely determine the success of this stark drama.
Vladimir, nicknamed Didi, takes subtle shape with Andrew Sellon’s deft range of emotional expressions, from red-eyed worry to big-smiling bravado. Didi nurtures and enables his memory-challenged buddy Estragon, or Gogo, a clownish, mindless character caught vividly by Steven Hauck. The pair’s perfectly timed repartee is outstanding, never missing a beat, and moves the play seamlessly from comedy to tragedy and back again. — Seven Days
“Little guy wins over villains” has proven to be not only a feel-good plot for comedy writers, but it also provides a vehicle for showing off the talents of an engaging actor. Andrew Sellon is such a performer, and he is at the top of his craft in the current production of “The Foreigner”. — Times Herald Record, NY
Much of the credit for the success of the show goes to Andrew Sellon as Charlie. His early Charlie is perfectly overwrought, wide-eyed and mousy, a shy man who jumps at every second and never sits or stands straight up. Later, he becomes a happier Charlie, a man who connects to other people in a positive way, and who discovers strengths and abilities he didn’t know he had. — Portland Press Herald, ME
Actor Andrew Sellon told Vermont author Chris Bohjalian’s very personal “Miss Jasmine’s Secret Santa.” Told from a schoolboy’s point of view, it told how a schoolboy transformed his distraught teacher’s life with the simplest of gifts – and Sellon’s expressive telling made it seem very real.
— Barre Montpelior Times Argus
Bohjalian’s “Miss Jasmine’s Secret Santa,” read with the right balance of controlled whimsy by Andrew Sellon, details the narrator’s crush on his lonely, divorced sixth-grade teacher, and how his simple gift to his troubled object of love might just have given each of them something to last a lifetime.
— Burlington Free Press
The production is most especially blessed with a stellar cast. Sellon slides from sophisticated humor to pathetic entreaty with admirable grace. — The Park Slope Paper
The character of Prior carries the weight of the play’s theme even as he resists being the chosen messenger, and Andrew Sellon effectively worked the pathos and the humor. — Off-Off-Broadway Review (www.oobr.com)
Yes, I saw the original, and with this company, in this closer space, and even (or maybe especially) without some of the machinery and effects, the Gallery production is a good deal more informing, engaging and powerful. I can only repeat superlatives for all the cast. — Clark Gessner, Park Slope Press
Andrew Sellon has a gleeful, wicked time with Dr. Rance. — The New York Times
The performing cast is excellent, and particular mention should go to Andrew Sellon as Dr. Rance. Sellon unveils a slight resemblance to Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame) but bounds about the stage much like Groucho Marx. — Somerset Messenger-Gazette
Sellon delivers a smashing, high-speed sketch of jargon-ridden mania. — The Star-Ledger
Andrew Sellon wins considerable audience sympathy with his innocent and sweet charm as the nondescript Bazzard, doing more with that role than one would imagine. — The New York Times
Another audience favorite was Andrew Sellon as Bazzard. — Metuchen-Edison News
Andrew Sellon, who doubles as the Ghost, makes a sparkling Gravedigger, playing his pun-full dialogue for all the laughs, or groans, it’s worth. — Durham Herald-Sun
Andrew Sellon and Ronda Music — as the garrulous gravedigger and his sidekick — were excellent in their roles. — Sanford Herald
The gravediggers from the graveyard scene were particularly funny, and deserve mention. — N.C. Beacon
Sellon succeeded wonderfully in showing many sides of Carroll’s character. Sellon relies heavily, but not too heavily, on Carroll’s own words. One who was not intimately familiar with Carroll’s writings would never notice the seams between what Sellon has written and what he has taken from Carroll. Sellon’s enactment of what might have happened had Rev. Dodgson [Carroll’s real name] had tea with the Liddells to propose a match with Alice is wonderful — he never says that this is what happened, yet one must believe that, if it did happen, it would have been something like what we saw. — the Knight Letter (official magazine of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America)