HANDBOOK FOR AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
[Off-Bway, Gym at Judson]
TIME OUT NY
"...ferocious... chameleonic...and truly galvanizing."
"...we're frequently startled into laughter or sudden self-examination.
Sizzling with its creator's energetic humanism, Handbook avoids
the static quality so many one-person shows succumb to;
on the contrary, it insists that we respond. In the end, Erlbach has made us a
simple guide with an easy key, and there is action on every page."
NEW YORK TIMES
"Utterly convincing...I won't forget him anytime soon. Ranked along with
soloists Eric Bogosian & Danny Hoch. An astonishing showcase for both acting and writing."
"A completely absorbing experience...joins the ranks of this year's great solo performances.
A well-informed, three-dimensional picture of the American melting pot--
a rare achievement in today's bipartisan atmposphere."
"I was impressed by the intelligent way Erlbach structured the piece, not to mention
his commitment and affective performance-there is no question of his talent!"
"He is raw, unadulterated talent as both writer and performer...those who have mastered
the art seem to have that special something, a little magic perhaps, in their performance.
Erlbach is that performer... he does so flawlessly."
EAGER TO LOSE, A FARCE IN VERSE
[Extended run at Ars Nova]
[Off-Bway Alliance Award nomination]
TIME OUT NY
"...a rated-R Comedy of Errors. This throwback comedy goes down like a glass of champagne."
NEW YORK TIMES
"...like the frothiest of farcical mock-Shakesperean cocktails...the gleeful spirit of the show is hard to resist."
"Heavy hitters like downtown darling Joe Iconis, director du jour Alex Timbers
and the dashing Lin Manuel Miranda have risen to the drop of the theatre scene like
whipped cream since their debuts at the midtown hangout. Matthew-Lee Erlbach seems to be no exception."
"Erlbach seasons his script with a heightened wit, edgy mien, razzle-dazzle
braggadocio and contemporary funny. The result: a vaudeville show with 1600s ribaldry,
Jazz Age belt songs, pasties-twirling girly show musical numbers...and pantomime."
LETTERS FROM THE MEZZANINE
"The most remarkable part of the show is the script by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, who
effortlessly transitions between conventionally high and low theatrical forms...Erlbach works them
together as one story-arc, playing them off each other as a fruitful, productive relationship."
"Playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach demonstrated his talent for channeling a wide array of
unique voices earlier this season, performing the one man multi-character show
Handbook for an American Revolutionary downtown at the The Gym at Judson.
He has outdone himself at Ars Nova."
"Shepard Fairey, the graffiti artist and designer, has said "there's a way to be The Beatles,
to have the smartest guy in the room and the dumbest guy in the room digging what you're doing.
Eager to Lose is refreshing evidence that burlesque has the potential to have the smartest
and dumbest guy (or girl)in the room drooling over what you're doing."
TILL THE BREAK OF DAWN
[written/directed by Danny Hoch]
[Off-Bway, Culture Project]
NEW YORK TIMES
“Adam (Matthew-Lee Erlbach) blasts onto the stage with a breathless, funny monologue
about a day in the trenches at the record label that provides the play with one of its most concentrated
shots of theatrical adrenaline. Vibrating with pent-up frustration, he leaps into a hilarious description
of a fruitless day spent trying to corral 20 rappers and their posses for his “Political Prisoners Awareness Project.”
“Mr. Erlbach’s bravura delivery of this set piece, seemingly in one breath, while bouncing on his toes
all over the stage, is a perfect example of Mr. Hoch’s exhilarating ability to turn a torrent of natural speech
into a shapely nugget of performance art…Mr. Erlbach’s Adam rarely strikes a false note.”
“…and Matthew-Lee Erlbach, as Adam, has a whirlwind entrance monologue
that rivals that of John Malkovich 20 years ago in Burn This.”
“Erlbach delivers a speech upon Adam's first entrance that had the audience at the performance
I attended busting with laughter and applauding at its end…”
“The standouts, for me, include…Matthew-Lee Erlbach as Adam...”
“Matthew-Lee Erlbach makes a memorable, whirlwind entrance as Adam,
a young Jewish music producer who runs a small record label.”
[written by Lynn Rosen]
[Off-Bway, New Georges]
THEATRE IS EASY
"Goldor $Mythyka is a high-energy, hilarious madcap hosted by an indefatigable
Matthew-Lee Erlbach as the sound-effect-producing, narrating DJ."
"...a story of love and crime narrated and orchestrated by a DJ (the wonderful Matthew-Lee Erlbach)..."
"The show has a DJ narrator, who mixes in song clips and sound effects...
Matthew-Lee Erlbach makes an awesome DJ."