The Critics

The Cherry Orchard

Madeleine Shaner in Back Stage West, June 12, 2002

“The hangers-on, legion in Chekhov’s plays ... [include] a penniless neighbor, Pischik (a blustering Paul Taylor Robertson) ... provid[ing] a rambunctious backdrop for the high-spirited human comedy ... The acting is exemplary.”

Steven Leigh Morris in LA Weekly, June 2002

“Paul Taylor Robertson’s landowner-neighbor possesses a Falstaffian charm.”


The Bald Soprano

Hoyt Hilsman in Back Stage West, April 1, 1999

“...a crisp, funny and refreshing production...”

“The ... cast is solid, with especially fine performances by Paul Taylor Robertson as Mr. Smith and Sofia Sunseri as Mary...”



David Sheward in Back Stage, December 30, 1986

“Simon Gray’s bitter comedy ‘Butley’ received a sharp, slick rendering in a recent Arts Club Theatre production.”

“...thanks to Robertson ... this Butley is a sympathetic figure, as much a little boy looking for love as a middle-aged man with a self-destructive bent.”


The Play’s The Thing

David Sheward in Back Stage, November 29, 1985

“Paul Taylor Robertson is in full control as the fast thinking playwright, thoroughly relishing his command of the situation.”


The Awakening

David Sheward in Back Stage, July 5, 1985

“The adaptation by director Linda Pakri, actors Paul Taylor Robertson and Arunas Ciuberkis, unlike most translations, is stageworthy and gripping.”

“Only Paul Taylor Robertson as the interrogator strikes the right balance. Taylor is reminiscent of Rod Steiger, both in his imposing physical presence and his admirable attention to detail. We can watch no one else when he is on stage. Although his character begins as a secondary one, by the end of the play he is the focus of the action, thanks to a riveting performance.”

Steven Hart in The Villager, June 13, 1985

“A chilling performance is delivered by Paul Taylor Robertson as the NKVD interrogator. His close-cropped hair, mottled a puffy face, stilted walk and rheumy eyes betray the torment he has inflicted during his proud record of 110 ‘liquidations.’ Unlike the polished, heel-clicking monster clowns of the SS, here is the specter [of] unnatural death in the form of the humdrum. Dressed in the traditional uniform of a shapeless suit, grubby shirt, and wrinkled, flaccid tie, the whining, self-justifying interrogator drinks sweet liquor and smokes his way through hour upon hour of terror and misery.”

“In a novel or a film such details might add to the excitement, even the grim fascination of the villain. But Robertson in the flesh has far greater effect on the observer than the idle amusements of fiction.


Two Plays by Arthur Schnitzler

Sy Syna in The New York Tribune, Saturday, June 16, 1984

“Robertson, playing Konrad, a slightly hammy German actor, brings zest to the role.”


Off Beat

Sy Syna in The New York Tribune, Tuesday, October 11, 1983

“The entire entire first act, set on an apartment house rooftop in New York City, is a highly improbable scene between a cop, beautifully realized by Paul Taylor Robertson, and a young actor, Myles Lonergan.”

“Robertson, a Canadian actor, makes an auspicious New York debut here. He’s a bit too young for the role, but brings to it such warmth and genuine feeling he utterly redeems the flawed writing within it.”