Reviews & Comments

From the Academic Community...

I was dragged kicking and screaming to your show. I anticipated it with  all the pleasure of dental surgery. And what did I see? One of the most  skilled actors I have seen in a long time. A piece of material that is  powerful, succinct and moving irrespective of one's religious belief-or  even whether or not one has any religious beliefs. Mark's Gospel made  me-perhaps for the very first time-understand why it is such affecting  material. I have certainly never seen any piece of religious drama that  carried the sheer theatrical and emotional impact of your performance.

David Ball,
Director of Drama - Duke University

Your interpretation touched us deeply. I am grateful for your gift and the splendid spirit in which you exercise it.

Haddon Robinson
Distinguished Professor - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Just saw Max's show. What a blessing to today's Church!! My love for,  AND understanding of Genesis was mightily enhanced in this portrayal.  Hearing so many pages of reading scrolled out in sound like that, with  all of the stories coming together; the unity of scripture was  strikingly brought to light. Every word had its place and even the  "begats" were riveting!

Holly Hancock
Student - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Your performance had a wonderful energy and spiritual attractiveness,  especially of humor, that could only deepen the faith of Christians and  open the eyes and ears of non-believers. It was a brilliant performance,  a religious encounter with the good news that could come no other way.

Hugh Flesher
Smith College

The contradictory simplicity and ambition of Max McLean's production is  startlingly effective. Hs careful, passionate portrayal of Jesus drew a  substantial and enthusiastic Brown audience. The evangelical Christian  community discovered that Brown does sponsor programs they can endorse  wholeheartedly. The Brown chaplaincy relearned the vitality of the  Christian community's common text in the midst of our struggle to find common life.

Janet Cooper Nelson,
Chaplain - Brown University

The Duke community was exceptionally pleased and entranced by your  performance. Many in attendance said that your performance gave them a  human insight into sacred text that they had not dared envision.

Kenneth L. Nerlson
Duke University Chapel - Durham, NC

We seldom integrate the best of the theatrical traditions with the  religious background of the college but your performance did just that.  You bring the Gospel to life in a context that is impossible to describe  except in the theatrical medium. It takes on new resonance of power and  meaning when experienced through performance.

Patrick Quade
Chairman, Theater Department - St. Olaf College

The audience of over 350 people were captivated by your simple yet elegant presentation of the Gospel.

Stephen Schmidt
Connecticut College

We invited you on the basis of spoken and written accounts of your  performance at other universities and colleges. Of course there was a  bit of risk in having never seen your presentation in person. Let me say  that without exception or reservation that risk was no risk at all.  Your presentation riveted all who attended our evening program. You  engaged our audience in the story by both nuance and sheer authority of the character you portrayed.

Will Finnin,
Chaplain - Southern Methodist University

Mark's Gospel overflows with humor, pathos, and dramatic intensity. It helps the Gospel to live-a stunning performance.

William Willimon,
Chaplain - Duke University