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"Mr. Monahan, who also wrote the terrific campy book, shines as Desmond. He artfully assumes the personas of the other characters in the story, too. As the playwright, Mr. Monahan infuses his tale with wonderfully reverent and sometimes rapid-fire cute references to other shows and actors, demonstrating his endearing and enduring love for theatre."
"Monahan, a youthful looking cutie-pie, manages to act each character with head-twisting speed, making each clear and distinct, even singing in different voices. As for Monahan’s musical talents, he has a big voice that belies his slender figure and puts his all into every one of them. He is also a talented writer... [DIVA: Live From Hell] is clever, fun, camp and deliciously mean-spirited."
"DIVA: Live From Hell is a brilliant new one-man musical... Monahan delivers the songs with élan and a well-honed, confident voice. He seems a natural performer... The musical is a precocious achievement for Monahan. The script and his performance demonstrate a laser-like intelligence which would warrant keeping further track of his career."
"This show would not be possible for the brilliance that is Sean Patrick Monahan. Both as a performer and writer, he has a strong ability to paint the players. They may be over the top but they are genuine and accessible. As a performer, Monahan is transformative. He has a magnetic allure that draws you into his world."
"Monahan moves seamlessly from one character to the next physically and emotionally embodying each one with consummate flair. His voice is terrific, and when he launches into song his brave performance and Diva comes fully alive."
"...the actors don't recoil from the script's more outré requirements. Sean Patrick Monahan bravely plays Pete, who makes a declaration of love by doffing his pants."
"Inspired work from an excellent cast gives Urban's loving/cruel youths a pulpy multi-dimensionality... Pete (a winning Sean Patrick Monahan) struggles with his sexuality in ways that ring disarmingly true."
"The whole cast gives incredible performances. They take the writing and run with it in a way that is both brutally sincere yet also kind of wacky and over the top. They remain larger than life and somehow completely human at the same time. I felt like I knew the characters and wanted to see more of them."
"Facing possible penalties, the five surviving crew members debate courses of action... Nick (Sean Patrick Monahan), a slightly milquetoast apprentice, understands some of what the slaves are saying... Yet the divide between commerce and compassion is made abundantly clear, as is the deserved torment of these sailors, flailing in an inferno of moral retribution."
"Little Mac is the work of James Presson and Sean Patrick Monahan, who are each in their early twenties yet have about two decades of theater experience between them. That experience shows in this remarkable play... an epic exploration of American capitalism and popular culture in the shape of a postmodern mashup..."
"Political satire takes on a whole new meaning in Little Mac, Little Mac, You're the Very Man... an extremely funny take on aspects of money, government, and love that are not usually so funny. It's over the top and witty, but maintains a certain charm."
"Sean Patrick... is an inordinately talented 20-year-old actor and playwright... DIVA was Sean Patrick's first foray into solo performance/playwriting-- and quite a successful one... already earning a spot as one of the best-selling plays right now on Indie Theater Now."
"[Sean Patrick Monahan] shows his range as a performer... [and] creates a world of nostalgia for the audience... He has devised a world that is flashy, breaking out into song mid-monologue, that works wonders for the conceit of the show. Solo shows can be tough, but Sean Patrick Monahan didn't seem to break a sweat. Both Monahan and his story are engaging, offering a wonderful night at the theater."
"The ensemble is similarly first-rate... Emma March Barash and Sean Patrick Monahan are touching as sister and brother Ashley and Joseph."
"[Sean Patrick Monahan] offered a strong performance as the heartfelt sixteen-year-old whose only crime is loving too much. His journey was clear, exhibiting his depth as an actor. His choices were sincere, making his character's actions later in the play even more heartbreaking."
"Sean Patrick Monahan fabulously embodies Chet, one of the more interesting characters in the play. He mixes both humorous wit and a privileged intellect with a subtle vulnerability... An iPhone-toting, Iowa-bound Holden Caulfield, if you will. "