FILM AND THEATRE REVIEWS


  • THE GIFT HORSE - New York Times, November 10, 1994:

    "Jon Avner as a local crime syndicate capo is an amusing muddle of muscle, suspicion and gullibility."

  • THE GIRL IN THE WATERMELON - Variety, March 28, 1994:

    "Cast is terrific."

  • THE GIFT HORSE - Stages, Winter 1995

    "Most outstanding is the hilarious Jon Avner as Abe 'The Babe' in his snazzy double breasted pastel suits."

  • LIKE TWO EAGLES - Backstage, October 1995:

    "But it is Jon Avner, as the Israeli father, who steals the show. His tough, gritty army general anchors the play in reality."

  • Jane Martin's SUMMER - Backstage, May 1986:

    "Jon Avner made a dashing and gentlemanly Espositio whose charm was magic for all the McGregor women."

  • ALL MY SONS - Bergen News, March 6, 1996:

    "The cast...has so internalized their roles that one is never aware of 'acting.' We are swept into their world as each moment is lived by them and the audience...and Jon Avner's Dr. Jim Bayliss create(s his) own dramatic tension."

  • AMADEUS - Akron Beacon Journal, August 1, 1993:

    "If for no other reason than to behold Jon Avner's incendiary portrayal of Antonio Salieri, you - yes, your own bad self - should visit Porthouse Theatre's production of AMADEUS. In what certainly must rank among the most impassioned performances yet conferred on audiences at the 22-year-old amphitheater, Avner detonates the profound words of writer Peter Shaffer with a seething portraiture of the 18th-century composer...Avner's work and death-grip grasp of the role are no less than astonishing as he lays bare the tormented soul of Salieri...Avner's resonant, almost Shakespearean delivery is powerful and riveting. So is his bearing - alternately regal and wracked. It is a career performance that prompts one to wonder why more hasn't been heard of him. Everywhere."

  • AMADEUS - West Side Leader, August 11, 1993:

    "It is rare that an actor's performance moves the audience to stand in appreciation at evening's end. Rarer still is finding such talent in a Northeast Ohio regional theatre. But that talent exists in Porthouse's production of Peter Shaffer's famed theatrical work, AMADEUS. The actor's name is Jon Avner, who plays Antonio Salieri."

  • I HATE HAMLET - The Star-Ledger, July 9, 1992:

    "Grandly declaiming the flamboyant Barrymore's lines with a whiskey growl that approaches catarah, Jon Avner registers best as the ghostly matinee idol. When the unwillingly celibate Andrew asks him, 'Do you know what it's like not to have sex?' and Barrymore, with a belch, simply says, 'No,' the resulting laughter is a tribute to Avner's casual authority in the role as much as it is to the gag."

  • THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON - Portland Press Herald, November 13, 1991:

    "Jon Avner perfectly creates the smooth, bored and immoral Phil, a man with talent and looks who has soured from lack of challenge, except with the ladies. Avner's superior acting is a joy to watch."

  • TOD THE BOY TOD - Asbury Park Press, May 1, 1990:

    "And Jon Avner's quiet but equally powerful performance as the soothing, inwardly torn psychiatrist also stands out."

  • TRUE WEST - Staten Island Advance, August 9, 1986:

    "Jon Avner almost steals the show as a stereotypically vapid Hollywood agent."

  • MURDER MYSTERY TONIGHT - Queens Chronicle, March 15, 1995:

    "Avner cleverly holds the evening together as the loud-mouthed Lt. Katz."

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