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SeattlePi Review of "The Invisible Hand"

Elijah Alexander

"The four-person cast is terrific starting with Elijah Alexander as Bashir. This Yale Drama School graduate offers a performance of astonishing range and subtlety. When we first meet Bashir, he is an angry brute, uneducated and seemingly incapable of any empathy. By the play’s end, he has become a sophisticated manipulator and financial genius. Alexander is so skillful that this evolution seems completely natural; he helps us to understand the root cause of Bashir’s fury without making him an overly sympathetic character. At play’s end, when Bashir has evolved into a different kind of monster we are horrified by the scale of the damage he can do."

Read the full review here

Broadway World's Review of "The Invisible Hand"

Elijah Alexander

Excerpts from Broadway World's review of "The Invisible Hand", by Jay Irwin:  

"There are moments, Dear Reader, when you can encounter a work that can completely revitalize your love of good theater.  Such was a moment for me the other night when I was lucky enough to catch ACT's production of 'The Invisible Hand' 

 Elijah Alexander turns in a performance that I could not keep my eyes off.  He completely owns the stage when he's on and manages to deliver a truly layered and complex portrait of a man stuck in between his religion, his duty, his drive and his friendship. 

And each and every one of the ensemble are so tight and together that they almost feel like one performer as the power dynamic shifts around the stage with grace."

The Huffington Post also reviewed the play from a political perspective: 
"a behind-the-scenes look at what might really be happening in the Mid-East, and I have no doubt that it will leave audiences thinking and rethinking their beliefs."

Seattle Times Review of 'The Invisible Hand'

Elijah Alexander

Elijah Alexander as "Bashir" in Ayad Akhtar's "The Invisible Hand" at ACT Threatre in Seattle, WA. 

Elijah Alexander as "Bashir" in Ayad Akhtar's "The Invisible Hand" at ACT Threatre in Seattle, WA. 

Excerpts from Seattle Times review of Ayad Akhtar's 'The Invisible Hand', reviewed by theatre critic Misha Berson. 

"… Alexander is outstanding as Bashir, a jumpy, mercurial British-born Muslim caught between two cultures and philosophies. He clearly articulates the conditions that might turn a disaffected man into a fundamentalist revolutionary."

"Three men. One room. A stack of virtual money. Amazing how they can add up to a gripping tale that is so much more than the sum of its parts."

"There’s suspense aplenty in Nick’s race against time. Indeed, 'The Invisible Hand' jolts along like a well-made caper flick, its short, punchy dangling scenes tightly paced by director Allen Nause and a first-rate cast."

"… the taut plot is also a great setup for a fierce psychological match, and a useful colloquy on the American dollar as a force for good and evil."

Read the full review here

Show runs through September 28th at the ACT Theatre in Seattle, WA.  Tickets on sale here

West Coast Premiere of Ayad Akhtar's "The Invisible Hand"

Elijah Alexander

Elijah will be playing the role of "Bashir" in the west coast premiere of "The Invisible Hand" at the ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington.   Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, this play takes on terrorism, drone strikes, financial markets, and American foreign policy in a hostage drama set in modern day Pakistan.  Show opens on September 10th and runs through September 28th.  Tickets on sale here

Elijah Alexander as MACBETH

Elijah Alexander

Video of MACBETH at A Noise Within

"At the heart and soul of this production is the dynamic duo bringing the Macbeths to gutsy, heartrending life … Elijah Alexander and Jules Willcox deliver powerhouse performances …  in what may well be the finest performances of their careers to date … Alexander’s transformation from upright to unscrupulous is gradual and seamless and stunning … two very good reasons to catch one of  Macbeth’s remaining performances on the ANW stage. They above all make this Scottish Play worth a look-see."
--- Steven Stanley, www.stagescenela.com

Read the full review here

MACBETH at A Noise Within (Pasadena California)
Mar 8 - May 11, 2014




Spoken Word Narration for Short Film

Elijah Alexander

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Elijah is currently writing Beat Gen-inspired spoken word for the short film Recollection: California or Bust, which he'll also perform/record as voiceover narration.  Conceived and directed by Natalie Young, the short is inspired by the Depression Era Dust Bowl days and focused on the youth who ventured West in search of a new beginning.  The film will be released online this summer.

 

'Fallen Angels' at the Pasadena Playhouse

Elijah Alexander

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Elijah is currently starring in a production of Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Directed by Art Manke and co-starring the talented Pamela J. Gray and Katie MacNichol, the production has earned strong reviews and packed houses.   Elijah is French playboy Maurice Duclos, the play's Deus Ex Machina -- a charmingly colorful performance that Variety dubbed "sex on wheels".   Elijah will reprise his role later this year at the Laguna Playhouse

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TROILUS and CRESSIDA

Elijah Alexander

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Elijah just wrapped another successful season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in a production of Troilus and Cressida directed by Rob Melrose.  The Ashland Link review ranked it in their top 10 productions of all time at the OSF.   

Set during the Trojan War, Shakespeare’s cynical and bitterly funny indictment of the futility of war is made more immediate in OSF’s production, placed against the backdrop of the U.S. conflict in the contemporary Middle East.  This production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national theatre initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.  

Elijah played the role Ajax, a brutish Greek General (in this production an over-trained special ops gunnery sergeant). He is Hector's half Trojan cousin and in a traditional dual with scimitar and dagger these two engage in a 'fight to the death' that ends in revealing more than just a victor.