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Baltimore's beloved CENTERSTAGE recently produced David Mamet's American Buffalo, under the expert direction of Liesl Tommy. Rusty is thrilled to have been a part of the three-man cast, which the Baltimore Sun called "first-rate", while noting that the actors reached "a level of believability that is almost frightening." Broadway World agreed: "Lage, Ross, and Hill each deliver strong performances." DC Theatre Scene saw Rusty as "an appealing foil", and MD Theatre Guide remarked on his "precision", while the Sun found his performance to be "quite poignant."
Rusty is proud to have played the role of Professor in the recently-completed first national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, directed by Bartlett Sher. Rusty played all 585 performances as this tremendous tour delighted audiences in 39 cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, Houston, and San Francisco. South Pacific won seven Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical Revival and Best Director.
Tom Dudzick's brand new comedy, Our Lady of South Division Street, recently premiered at Penguin Repertory Company in Stony Point NY. The extended run was extremely well received by both audience and critics. The New York Times liked that the "crowd-pleasing comedy", directed by Joe Brancato, took "pains to land all of the jokes without letting the effort show overmuch." On the role of Jimmy Nowak, the Times Herald-Record wrote: "Rusty Ross as Jimmy Nowak is a delightful surprise as Clara's son. He is at times sharp and at other times silly, and does a fine job in delivering one of the show's funniest lines." LoHud.com enjoyed the "top-flight cast" and noted that "Rusty Ross brings a quirky nonchalance that is likeable and endearing."
New Jersey Repertory in Long Branch produced the National New Play Network Premiere of Zayd Dohrn's fantastic new play, Sick, directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein. On Rusty's performance in the role of Jim, the New York Times had this to say: "Rusty Ross becomes the interlocutor, bringing some solace to various members of the family, and to Sarah in particular, by his mere presence and calming vocal exchanges. Mr. Ross is wonderful in this role; in one beautifully realized scene, he and Ms. Napolitano have a discussion about the role of an abnormal childhood in predicting genius that segues into a burgeoning mutual infatuation."
Some additional critical excerpts: In How the Grinch Stole Christmas! created on Broadway by Jack O'Brien, the New York Times noted that "Ed Dixon and Rusty Ross are also very good as the old and young versions of Max, the Grinch's dog." Variety wrote: "Rusty Ross has been with the tuner since its original run at San Diego's Old Globe, yet his work [...] remains energetic. He doesn't pander to the tykes in the crowd, but instead opts for honest feeling over hammy antics." In A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Salt Lake Tribune noted that Rusty, as Francis Flute, "is able fully to inhabit his characters and crack us up."
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Upcoming: “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at The Old Globe
The Broadway “Grinch” Cast Album was just released!
Off-Bway Premiere of “Miracle on South Division Street” is complete!
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