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.
Director of Drama - Duke University
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!
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.
Your presentations (of Mark and Acts) were superb! In quickly reviewing the evaluations, you hit a home run!
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.
Chairman, Theater Department - St. Olaf College
The audience of over 350 people were captivated by your simple yet elegant presentation of the Gospel.
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.
Chaplain - Southern Methodist University
Mark's Gospel overflows with humor, pathos, and dramatic intensity. It helps the Gospel to live-a stunning performance.
Chaplain - Duke University