Rajiv Joseph | Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Theatreworks Palo Alto
Khadim, played with effortless smart-kid aplomb and wariness by Adam Poss, is an 18-year-old Syrian-born student who's transferredmidyear from a prestigious, small private school to a large public one -for unknown reasons. Remi Sandri's firm, transparently suspicious VicePrincipal Danielson is holding him in detention for reasons he'sunwilling to divulge. The ways in which his suspicions come out, alter,dig deeper and change course again are half - no three-quarters - ofthe considerable entertainment on hand. Sandri and Poss deliver thegoods like master chess players.
Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
Madhuri Shekar | Directed by Joanie Schultz
Victory Gardens Theatre
Shekar lays out all arguments, pro and con, all of which have some merit — and smartly introduces a character-as-devil's advocate in the form of a blind date for Sanam. A Wall Street bro who is neither sentimental nor entirely without insight, he's a terrifically tangy personality (his view of Monsanto: "They're job creators!") and as played by Adam Poss he is simultaneously cute and confident and also kind of terrible, walking that line between charming and obnoxious. There's a real chemistry between Poss and Mohanty...
Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune
William Shakespeare | Directed by Robert O’Hara
Denver Center for the Peforming Arts
While true to the text, this wildly inventive “Macbeth” plays with every aspect of the tragedy, from casting (it’s all males, including the superb Adam Poss as Lady Macbeth), to the design elements, the S&M wardrobe and the humor found in oddly modern line readings. […] Poss is a beautiful would-be queen, wide eyes controlling the house, completely credible in the role. When Shafir and Poss interact as the couple, they are electrifying.
Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
By Luis Alfaro | Directed by Chay Yew
Victory Garden’s Theatre
Mama. […] it was the one-word cride coeur that came from Poss, playing a man who now no longer can stand to see anything, that caused many in the opening-night audience to become part of a little responsive symphony of verbal discomfort. One woman near me let out quite a howl, which is one indication of a tragedy doing its job. For their part, Poss (the fine young actor who holds down the force of will of this production) and Alvarez (who surely is doing the best work of her long Chicago career), grab each other in just the right combination of unmitigated need and sudden, total self-disgust.
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
Rajiv Joseph | Directed by Timothy Douglas
Rising “As Vijay, Poss continues to establish himself as a actor of depth and breadth (combine this performance with his bravura turn in Victory Gardens’ Oedipus el Rey and you’ll see an artist coming into his own with both formidable technique and bravura emotional intensity). Vijay is a mercurial, prickly character and it’s to Poss’ great credit that this angry, wounded, grieving young man comes through with such complexity. Vijay is the troubled fulcrum of The Lake Effect, and in Poss’ depiction, his frustration, confusion and sorrow shine through in all their contradictory layers.”
Catey Sullivan, Chicago Theater Beat
By Wajdi Mouhamad | Directed by Dale Heinen
Silk Road Rising
But it is the lean, young, snakily sexy Adam Poss as Nihad — a nihilistic sniper and camera-wielding pornographer of wartime violence — who gets to deliver the virtuosic rock ’n’ roll-infused monologue that stops the show and so shatteringly encapsulates the insane spiral of assault and retribution at work.
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
By Henrik Ibsen | Adapted by Sandra Delgado | Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
As Krogstad, a lawyer fallen on hard times, Adam Poss is quite simply mesmerizing. When Krogstad says he’ll stop at nothing to provide for his children, you can sense the barely contained wrath. Poss embodies the extreme destructive potential of the most dangerous kind of man: the kind with nothing left to lose.
Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times.
By Rajiv Joseph | Directed by Jaclyn Jutting
Adam Poss (Suresh) brings a youthful impulsivity. Poss energetically attacks and raps with bona-fide teenage angst. The trio unites and divides during multiple paper-rock-scissor encounters.
Katy Walsh, Let’s Play at Chicago Now
Adapted by Marilyn Campbell | Directed by Ann Filmer
16th Street Theatre
“Director Ann Filmer has done a “bang-o” job of things, gathering a cast of five bravura young actors whose parents might not even have been born in the era. But they clearly all have channeled back to the days of coffeehouses and mania typewriters, poetry-filled nights and smoky jazz clubs, consumer culture and conformist lifestyles—as well as the oppressive cloud of the atomic bomb and the Cold War.”
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
By George Orwell | Adapted by Andrew White | Directed by Hallie Gordon
The best part by far is the intertwining of Winston Smith's deracinated present with his half-remembered past. Adam Poss' adult Winston is juxtaposed with Matthew Abraham's Young Winston, who appears on video in snippets of scenes with his family that suggest the violence that tore them apart. Given the current flood of images of Syrian refugees fleeing endless warfare in their homeland, it's a powerful choice.
Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
By Christopher Shinn | Directed by Evan Cabnet
...there is thoughtful work from Jax Jackson, and from Adam Poss, playing one of the more mercurial figures with verve.
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
By Roberto Bolano | Adapted by Robert Falls + Seth Bockley
It is an epic portrait of the world we live in and how the artists fits into this world. The performance that I was witness to was an amazing, albeit long journey into the world of literature, crime and love as told in Bolano’s novel. I must tell you that it is more of a theatrical experience than a storytelling experience with five distinct parts.
Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago
By Eric Rosen | Directed by Joanie Schultz
Kansas City Rep
Director Joanie Schultz is happily blessed with four smart, funny, and dead-on synchronized actors. Each finds his or her path to making this dark, comic melodrama seem fresh each time it cycles through similar material.
Alan Portner, Broadway World
By William Shakespeare | Directed by Les Waters
Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
Actors Theatre's current staging of Macbeth is loud, bloody, and glorious. It's far from a definitive take on one of the Bard's finest tragedies, and no doubt some purists will wince at the modern dress and liberties taken with the script-gone is "double, double, toil and trouble" as well as the entire porter scene- but for this horror movie fan and Halloween junkie, it's hard to imagine a better production.
Eli Keel, Arts-Louisville.com