You don’t need to love country music...to love this play. Roberts leads a fantastic ensemble...See this play as soon as you possibly can. - The Chicago Reader
The execution is very good. Even at a preview the actors gave strong, committed performances... - Windy City Times
★★★★★ Though generally interspersed with laugh-out-loud moments and dialogue ...at its core, it is about heartbreak, disillusionment, ambition, infidelity, and loneliness... - Around the Town Chicago
Recommended There are more than enough laughs and cringes to fill up the night. You’re likely to come away wishing New Country was longer. - Chicago Critic
New Country at the Den Theatre is great entertainment...It’s a short, snappy comedy with a human side. - Third Coast Review
Recommended This highly entertaining play by Mark Roberts is an auspicious debut. - Chicago Theatre Review
While Spears is technically the country music star, it is Uncle Jim that is the real heart of this great show. - Playlist HQ
This is a piece that really snuck up on me...That it is a very funny and frequently poetic look at the nature of aging, regret and dignity took me by complete surprise. - Chicago Theater Beat
“New Country” is not to be missed. Eighty-five minutes of nonstop action (no intermission, FYI) yield a surprisingly nuanced show that defies its billing as a comedy. - Make It Better
my on-camera work for WILD TRAVELS is up for a Midwest Emmy award tonight; my competition includes Mandy Pantinkin and Dennus Haysbert, so I'm not too sanguine about my prospects of winning...
Had 2 days on the set of CHICAGO PD, where I played the guest starring role of "Vaughan Besh", a registered sex offender. Looks like it'll air in early October.
I travel to Traverse City, MI next week to portray "Uncle John" in the independent feature CAMP MANNA.
I play a small but pivotal role in the latest production from ShawChicago (http://shawchicago.org/geneva)
Bernard Shaw’s GENEVA, a satirical page from history, is a comedy that presents a summit meeting designed to contain the increasingly dangerous behavior of three dictators, Herr Battler, Signor Bombardone, and General Flanco (parodies of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco). The three are brought before the International Criminal Court of the League of Nations to justify their atrocities.
For tickets, go here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1697048
I was recently cast as Senex in Porchlight Music Theatre's production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM; it opens April 21st and runs through May 24th, 2015.
I'm producing and hosting a new TV series on the PBS affiliate in Chicago called WILD TRAVELS, Saturdays at 5:30 PM and Sundays at 10:30 PM.