Review excerpts

GOOD TIMBER: Songs and Stories of the Western Logger
Other Guys Theatre Co., 2010 – 14
Royal BC Museum (Victoria), Washington State, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Courtney, Powell River, Chilliwack, Vernon, Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver

Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Province
….Imagine a really great Vancouver Folk Festival set with remarkable projection footage and you’ll have some idea of the Good Timber experience Among my favourites are a couple of pieces by Mark Hellman who plays killer guitar and does a kind of talking blues in the style of early Dylan…

Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
….a folksy musical entertainment, and its execution is often excellent….Mark Hellman is a particularly strong performer: an excellent guitarist and charmingly dynamic actor.

ROYAL BC MUSEUM, 2010 – 11
Chris Felling, Culture Vulture Victoria
…. Mark Hellman’s guitar – folk with bluesy accents and finishes – is virtuosic enough
to carry the show itself and, when left alone onstage for “BC Hiball,” he gets to do just that….

Tortoise Boy, a new play by Charles Tidler
Directed by Ross Desprez
Belfry Spark Festival 2005 (Victoria)

Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times-Colonist
….The language, sometimes gritty and profane, is unabashedly poetic...[Mark] Hellman has one unforgettable sequence when he forces his way through a narrow passageway in a cave. It was a powerful piece of physical acting in which he vividly captured his character’s claustrophobia and birth-like escape. Throughout the play, he drew us in with his intensity and his canny (and sometimes surprising) use of voice and body.