The Latest Reviews

Jacob Marley in, "A Christmas Carol" (Metropolis Performing Arts, Illinois, 2012)

Daily Herald - 11/29/2012 by Barbara Vitello
"Rob Frankel delivers a truly chilling turn as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, literally ensnared by the souls of the pitiful poor whose requests for help and mercy he rebuffed during a lifetime spent amassing his wealth."

Bill Coles in, "Other People's Money" (Citadel Theatre, Illinois, 2012)

Mundelein Review - 10/08/2012 by Tom Witom
"Frankel...paints a good picture of a suddenly vulnerable top executive grasping for a lifeline."

Chicago Theatre Review - 10/08/2012 by Colin Douglas
"...Robert Frankel's Judas-like William Coles...round[s] out an exceptional cast..."

H.C. Curry in, "The Rainmaker" (Boho Theatre Ensemble, Illinois, 2012)

Chicago Theater Beat - 04/10/2012 by K.D. Hopkins
"Robert Frankel portrays H.C. Curry with a heartbreaking gentleness and contemplative shading."

Chicago Stage Style - 04/10/2012 by Lawrence Bommer
"Robert Frankel makes a fine father to this Curry clan."

Centerstage Show Review - 04/10/2012 by Colin Douglas
"Everyone from...Robert Frankel's sensitive patriarch H.C...make this a must-see production."

Stage and Cinema - 04/21/2012 by Tony Frankel
"H.C., head of the Curry clan, is portrayed by Rob Frankel with a playful, understanding cognizance toward his daugher's plight."

Richard Maynard in, "Moon Over Buffalo" (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Illinois, 2012)

Chicago Stage Style - 01/22/2012 by Joe Stead
"Rob Frankel distinguishes himself in a{n}...important role as a family friend and admirer."

Detective Porterhouse in, "Run for Your Wife" (Brightside Theatre, Illinois, 2011)

CenterStage Show Review - 10/27/2011 by Colin Douglas
"Rob Frankel is pitch perfect as Detective Porterhouse."

Scrooge in, "A Christmas Carol" (St Croix Festival Theatre, St Croix Falls, Wisconsin, 2010)

Inter-County Leader - Northern Currents - 12/08/2010
"Audiences...are really appreciative of the stellar performance of Rob Frankel as Scrooge. One audience member claimed that Frankel provided the best 'Scrooge transformation' scene she had ever witnessed and that she has seen the show dozens and dozens of times."

Harvey in, "Indian Blood" (TRP, Minneapolis, 2009)

St Paul Pioneer Press - 11/23/2009 by Renee Valois
"...Rob Frankel give[s] Eddie's [father] likable and believable a momma's boy whose main worry about his son's transgressions is how they will upset his mother."

Jacques in, "13th of Paris" (The Public Theatre, Maine, 2009)

The Times Record - 03/18/2009 by Laura Almasi
"Frankel sparkles in his performance as Jacques. He has that je ne sais quois charm that draws us in. As the retelling of his courtship with Chloe is acted out, we find ourseleves mesmorized, watching as their love unfolds before us."

Lewiston Sun Journal - 03/18/2009 by David A. Sargent
"Rob Frankel plays the suave Jacques to perfection. He insists that writing frequent letters filled with small but vital bonds is the key to lasting love. He's appalled that texting has taken its place."

Portland Press Herald - 03/16/2009 by April Boyle
"[He] and Frankel do a fine job bringing out both the rib-tickling humor and the touching nostalgia of the situation, while emphasizing the differences between the letter-writing past and today's texting and e-mailing generation."

Nicolas Fouquet in, "Power" (TRP, Minneapolis, 2008)

St Paul Pioneer Press - 09/23/2008 by Christy Desmith
"Rob Frankel, on the other hand, is the standout - he plays the king's middle-aged superintendent of finances, Nicolas Fouquet…Frankel handles the vulgarities and poetry in his lines with great comic timing and natural ease. He physically inhabits his character like no others in the cast - he clutches his heart when a beautiful teenager rejects his sexual advances; he takes deep, reverent bows at Louis' feet."

Minneapolis Star Tribune - 09/20/2008 by William Randall Beard
"[Playwright Nick] Dear sets up the hedonistic Fouquet and the ascetic Colbert as wonderful foils, and Rob Frankel and [his counterpart] handle them expertly. The former's coarse masculinity plays well off the latter's effeminate, but equally deadly, foppishness."

TC Daily Planet - 09/19/2008 by Dwight Hobbs
"Frankel breathes vibrant life into Fouquet, the charming rascal whose spiritedness unwittingly proves his undoing."

James Tyrone in, "Long Day's Journey into Night" (TRP, Minneapolis, 2008)

St Paul Pioneer Press - 05/05/2008 by Dominic Papatola
"James Tyrone once was a great actor, but except for his ascot and the tome of Shakespeare he pages through, there's nothing stagy about Rob Frankel's performance. If anything, his Tyrone is a little smaller than life -- a man aware that he's been diminished by his own compromises, but struggling to remain grand. It's a nicely aware performance that doesn't ask for sympathy or even understanding but just a chance to be heard."

In My Humble Opinion blog - 05/05/2008 by Matthew A. Everett
"Frankel plays Tyrone as a believable combination of defensiveness and contrition. He understands his responsibility for some of the mess they're in, but he also refuses to shoulder the whole load. Good intentions on his part, and the need for other family members to have personal responsibility for themselves, is the combination Tyrone hopes in vain will balance the scales and reverse their declining fortunes."

Sidney Brustein in, "Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" (Starting Gate Productions, Minneapolis, 2008)

St Paul Pioneer Press - 03/05/2008 by David Hawley
"Starting Gate's a strong one that is anchored by Rob Frankel's warts-and-all portrayal of Sidney, a naive man seduced by his own sense of self-righteous intelligence."

Minneapolis Star Tribune - 02/28/2008 by William Randall Beard
"Rob Frankel's Sidney is also a plus. The character is self-absorbed, self-righteous and frequently insensitive, but Frankel manages to make him dashing and charming."

In My Humble Opinion blog - 05/05/2008 by Matthew A. Everett
"Trickiest of all is the title character, and Rob Frankel as Sidney anchors the play and production in a way they both very much need. Sidney is a bastard. A clever bastard, sometimes sweet, often charming, but still a bastard… The fact that Frankel makes Sidney watchable over the entire three hour span of the play is something of a miracle, and he deserves a tremendous amount of credit for helping hold the whole thing together…"

David Quinn in, "Voice of the Prairie" (TRP, Minneapolis, 2007)

St. Paul Pioneer Press - 02/18/2007 by David Hawley
"…and his edge-of-hysteria antics add a perfect lift to Rob Frankel's lunkering-yet-fragile portrayal of the adult storyteller."

Dillard Nations in, "Foxfire" (TRP, Minneapolis, 2006)

St. Paul Pioneer Press - 09/12/2006 by Christy Desmith
"The show opens to the breathy voice of Rob Frankel, who plays Dillard Nations, an Appalachian boy who always dreamed of playing guitar; he's now grown up and made good. Frankel is subtly lit in this scene. He handles his ballad with tenderness while gently strumming his guitar. Inkblot eyes open wide and then, gently close. It's stunning--for the eyes and ears." "Frankel, too, lays bare an honest, even tender performance -- as does the rest of this cast."