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Stephen Hope and Brandon RuckdashelASCENSION
New York Times - "The personable Fr. Cal Porter (Stephen Hope) - a tasty Michael Corleone moment."
 
NYTheatre.com - "Stephen Hope offers a shrewd, multi-layered portrayal of Fr. Cal, who may be a (mostly) innocent victim of a warped family's machinations, or may be the most treacherous one onstage."
 
Backstage - "Stephen Hope gives dimension to the role of the troubled, distraught priest."


Stephen Hope & Brandon Ruckdashel
 
THE EXONERATED
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - "The Exonerated is the most gripping, compelling, thought-provoking and disturbing play of the season.  Stephen Hope is moving as Kerry Max Cook."
 
Pelican Press - "The 10-strong ensemble cast is superb.  Not one second is out of character.  Not one false note derails the journey that is their stories. The six actors portraying those whose lives have been forever scarred by injustice turn in award-winning performances of understated power and elegance.  No one would fail to be moved by Kerry’s (Stephen Hope) retelling of the death of his brother, or his own account of sexual mutilation in prison."
 
Sarasota Magazine - "Best Actor, Play, the nominees are: Stephen Hope for Florida Studio Theatre’s Stage III production of ‘The Exonerated.’  As Kerry, a young man whose life became a prison nightmare after he was accused of murder and labeled a homosexual, Hope came across as someone any of us might have known – or been."
 
Weekly Planet - "The stories unfold chronologically . . . . For example, Kerry Max Cook, played poignantly by Stephen Hope, was hanging out at an apartment complex in Tyler, Texas."
 
TotalTheatre.Com - "Stephen Hope horrifies as Kerry recounting being blamed for the death of a woman."
 
 
   
   
RUTHLESS!
Bradenton Herald - “Among a group of extremely skillful actors, Stephen Hope stands out in every scene. Campy, hilarious and outrageous, he's the hit of the show as he portrays the sleazy agent that you gotta love. In the end, he too morphs into someone else, but whoever he portrays, you'll still be crazy about him.”
 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - “Best Actor, Musical:  Bitchy, treacherous and delightfully campy, Hope played a devilish female theatrical manager with comic brio.”
 
Longboat Observer - “Sylvia St. Croix (Stephen Hope, playing the part in drag in Godzilla-sized pumps) is Tina's agent (appearing out of nowhere) and maybe something more. This is the part Joan Crawford would've played if there had been a movie. His comic timing is great doing the reaction-takes and manipulative gambits of a bad person inside a bad actress.”
 
Venice Gondolier - “Hope looks quite stunning in an Auntie Mame as played by Tony Curtis in a ‘Some Like it Hot’ manner.  Hope has been in several FST productions. He never fails to entertain. He went beyond that in Ruthless.”
 
Weekly Planet - “Then there’s the skillful Stephen Hope who, in drag as Sylvia St. Croix, seems an emissary from a netherworld where brilliant careers eclipse all small orbs, and no price is too high when the prizes are money and celebrity.” 
 
   
 
   
   
PIPER’S SONG
Curtain Up -  "The supporting cast is large and talented, with Stephen Hope (Didi), Marilyn O’Connell (Mary) as mentally challenged homeless folk, standouts who shine not only in their brief solos, but also in every moment they are seen."
 
 
THE RISE AND FALL OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION ACCORDING TO TOM LEHRER
Venice Gondolier - "Occasionally [Lehrer’s] songs take on a macabre themes, as in ‘I Hold Your Hand In Mind Dear,’ which was performed so devilishly by Hope. If there was a highlight (actually there were many) it had to be Hope’s rendition of 'The Elements,' not once but three times, faster each time – pure genius."
 
Pelican Press - "Hope, who appeared in last season’s 'Showtune' and 'Too Darned Hot,' scores high marks as a somewhat nerdy professor in Lehrer’s maddeningly difficult 'Elements' which is the periodic table in song."
     
     
   
 
   
   
MY ONE AND ONLY
U.S. 1 -  "The cast is loaded with 'triple threats,'. . . and none better than Stephen Hope, the leading man.... Not only does Hope sing and dance magnificently, he gives the role an utterly charming undersell. Thus, in Act II of an unabashedly silly comedy about an all-American hero, Hope skillfully transforms Billy convincingly into someone capable of both compassion and self-sacrifice."
 
Philadelphia Inquirer -  "Watching 'My One and Only' which opened on Thursday at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, I couldn't help thinking how much it helps when theater people know what they're doing....  And that, together with an amiable cast and a foolproof score is enough to send you out of the theatre with a spring in your step and a whistle on your lips."
 
Trenton Times -  "Hope is not intimidated about singing songs that audiences already know, such as his stirring first act finale 'Strike Up The Band"
 
   
 
SOPHISTICATED LADIES
Wichita Eagle -  "Talk about a crowd-pleaser...Stage One's production of Duke Ellington's ‘Sophisticated Ladies' on Wednesday night had nearly everyone jumping for joy...Stephen Hope (recently of ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel' on Broadway) has several exceptional numbers including ‘Bli Blip,' ‘Satin Doll,' and ‘Just Squeeze Me,' as well as his melancholy solo ‘Lush Life'."
   
       
     
       
     
     
Cast of FAIRY TALES
Stephen Hope, Lisa Gold
Keith Anderson, Valerie Hill, Rob Maitner
 
     
   
 
HOMOSEXUAL ACTS
HX -  "Homosexual Acts is a mixed bag of tasty theatrical treats, served up by a company of highly talented actors. To say that the first piece, ‘I Should Have Said No’ by Doug Cooney, ‘sneaks up on you’ would be an understatement. I won’t say more about it - it’s all about a series of surprises - except to note that Stephen Hope turns in a nuanced and funny performance in a role that is beyond quirky.... ’The Doris Day Collection,’ by Robert Shaffron, is just wrong (in a good way). Hank (Stephen Hope again) is her biggest fan. This is very funny, and way twisted, stuff."
 
The Blade -  "Homosexual Acts...cleverly begins the evening in the pre-performance spiel, actually Doug Cooney’s play 'I Should Have Said No.' In the piece, an announcer played by the wonderful Stephen Hope steps onstage to greet the audience." "Powered by Cooney’s zingy writing and Hope’s acerbic performance, 'I Should Have Said No," is the only one of the plays with a real edge to it.'
   
   
   
FAIRY TALES
New York Post - "Fairy Tales, a small gem of a revue."
 
LGNY - "Every once in a while, a show creeps quietly into town and becomes a hit.  You heard it here first: 'Fairy Tales' is such a show."
 
Punch In - "...A creative explosion in ‘The Letter Song', sung to ‘supreme' perfection by Stephen Hope."