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Mandy Patinkin to make Berkeley Rep debut

posted by Chad Jones on Mon, Aug 9, 2010
in At the theatre , Backstage buzz , News

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Let's start off the new season with some exciting news. Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin (pictured above) will star in Rinne Groff's Compulsion, the first show of the 2010/11 season.

Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of The Public Theater, directs this co-production of Berkeley Rep, The Public, and Yale Repertory Theatre, where Compulsion debuted in January (also starring Mandy Patinkin).

Of course we love Mandy for his incredible body of stage, film, and TV work, not to mention his extraordinary albums and concerts. But he lives in cinema history forever with one of the most memorable lines of all time. You know the movie and the line I'm talking about.

The movie is The Princess Bride, a treasure from 1987. And the line, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," ranked 88 out of 100 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 years of great movie lines.

For this and for so many other reasons, we're thrilled that Mandy Patinkin will be making his Berkeley Rep debut alongside cast members Hannah Cabell, last seen here in Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), and Matte Osian, last seen at Berkeley Rep in Mad Forest.

Compulsion begins previews September 13 and opens September 16 on the Thrust Stage. The show continues through October 31.

What is your favorite Mandy Patinkin role? Leave your answer in the comments section.


Mandy Patinkin was amazing as Che in the Broadway production of "Evita." We sat in the front row. My friend, Roselee, fell in love instantly. Must have been from all the "spit" being splattered when delivering one of his powerhouse songs!

Larry | Thu, Aug 12, 2010

Mandy was amazing in his role as the arrogant, brilliant heart surgeon in the TV series Chicago Hope. He was ever so slowly cracking under the extreme pressure which culminated in a magnificent, excruciating breakdown while singing in a cabaret after hours. Wow. That voice.

Lynka Adams | Thu, Aug 12, 2010

I've had a crush on Mandy Patinken for years!!

Francine Goldman | Thu, Aug 12, 2010

Mandy Patinken was an excellent Prospero in Shakespeare's "Tempest" in NYC a couple of years ago.

Morton Paley | Fri, Aug 13, 2010

Mandy Patinkin has dazzled in all his film and TV roles, but I'm betting anyone lucky enough to see him on stage would call those his best performances.

Nancy Imperiale | Fri, Aug 13, 2010

Definitely "Sunday in the Park with George." He's one of the best Sondheim interpreters.

Craig Jessup | Fri, Aug 13, 2010

Welcome to Berkeley Mandy!

I'm thrilled to be able to see him in person! Can't wait.

Janice Gartin | Fri, Aug 13, 2010

I have loved Mandy Patinkin for years. He can do it all! I will definitely be seeing "Compulsion". Mandy! You are a renaissance man and performer. I loved you as Che! Rave on.

Ramona Ansolabehere | Tue, Aug 17, 2010

Loved him in the short-lived show Dead Like Me! AND, I just remembered his amazing cameo in Run Ronnie Run! You gotta see it to believe it!

Alex | Thu, Aug 19, 2010

"Sunday In the Park With George" was the show that did it for me. It was when I first discovered both Mandy and the work of Stephen Sondheim. I also thought he was brilliant in "The Secret Garden."

Judy B. | Sun, Sep 5, 2010

This is Awesome, this is one of my favorite lines that I use all the time...

Senior Photography San Diego | Tue, Sep 14, 2010

I have enjoyed Mandy in many things, of late I discovered Dead Like Me and have watched all episodes! Looking forward to seeing him in person.

KELLIE B | Tue, Sep 21, 2010

I had first heard Mandy Patinkin on the cast album of Evita and was astounded by the great voice. I then saw him on the Tony Awards live singing with Patti LuPone "A New Argentina". I couldn't afford to see him in NYC at the time, but luckily Barbra Streisand cast him in Yentl and the rest is history. What a great talent!
I'm looking forward to seeing him in Compulsion. I've seen his cabaret performance several times, the last time with Ms. LuPone. It was an amazing night of theatre.

Bill H | Thu, Sep 30, 2010

What about his role in the under-appreciated "Dead Like Me"?

Janet B | Sun, Oct 3, 2010

on the sunday after 9/11 there was an interfaith memorial service at riverside church in manhattan which was broadcast on pbs. the highlight for me was mandy's unforgettable performance of 'you've got to be taught', from 'south pacific'. sadly, that song still reflects the reality of our world today. i can't wait to see him in 'compulsion'.

carol r | Mon, Oct 4, 2010

I find this very interesting to read thankyou everyone.

nicola bingo jones | Tue, Nov 9, 2010

I've never heard of this show thats coming out but after reading this review i will have to make an effort to download and watch it. Is there any other shows similar that you can compare with?

Cheltenham Festival 2011 | Wed, Mar 9, 2011

j adore votre personnage dans esprit criminel je regrette bocoup votre depart et je vous trouve tres charmant

beaujard | Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Mandy Patinkin is awesome! I am very exciting on his new series. I'm sure it will be a hit.

Marc Azada | Wed, Oct 26, 2011

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