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Larry Gleason

In 2009, Larry paused pursuing Acting as Teaching and Coaching became more prominent. Now, as a resident of New Mexico, with the right role and with appropriate compensation, he could be coaxed back.

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Meanwhile, his resume and personal reviews below provide a snapshot of how he straddled leading man and character roles until his NYC Teaching and Coaching became full time.

Contact Larry: 917.549.5173


Wilder, Wilder, Wilder—Three by Thornton Wilder (Pa Kirby/The Field)
1993 Tony Award Nomination—Best Revival
Circle In The Square and Willow Cabin Theatre Company, Edward Berkeley, dir
Romance Language (Indian/Ensemble)
World Premiere
Playwrights Horizon, Sheldon Larry, dir.

A Country Doctor (Villager)
World Premiere
CSC Rep, Lawrence Sacharow, dir.

Agamemnon (Greek Chorus, u/s Herald)
CSC Rep, Christopher Martin, dir.

Electra (Aegisthus)
Pearl Theatre Company
Various Off-Broadway theaters
Edward Berkeley, dir. Over 35 roles in 25 plays in 14 years including:
A Child's Christmas In Wales—musical (Dylan Thomas);
three times reprised in NYC and NJ

(Male Narrator)

World Premiere

The Ages of Man

Confessional/The Mutilated

The Ends of the Earth
(Henry Walker)
US Premiere

Goose and Tomtom
with David Rabe in residence

Twelfth Night
NYC and Wolftrap in VA

Anatomy of Sound
(Hank Peters and others)
Stage Premiere, NYC and Wolftrap in VA

As You Like It
NYC, Wolftrap in VA

Four Plays of the Sea
NYC, Wolftrap and Albany, NY

(Duncan/Porter/and others)

Billy Bishop Goes To War
(Billy Bishop)


A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Puck/Egeus/Snout Philostrate)
NYC, NJ, Wolftrap in VA
Enemy of the People (Horster)
Century Center

Genius Loci
Henry Street Settlement, Eric Conklin, dir.

Measure For Measure
(Duke Vincent)
45th Street Theater

The Way of the World
(Waitwell/Sir Rowland)
28th Street Theater, Tim Sanford, dir.
I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda (Simon)
Vermont Stage

Vermont Stage Winter Tales 2008
(Dylan Thomas)
Vermont Stage

A Child's Christmas in Wales—play
(Dylan Thomas)
World Premiere
Vermont Stage

Vanya/Vermont (Michael Astor)
World Premiere
Vermont Stage

A Moon To Dance By
World Premiere

New Harmony Theatre/Evansville, IN

The Foreigner
New Harmony Theatre/Evansville, IN

Twelfth Night
(Sir Toby Belch)
New Harmony Theatre/Evansville, IN

Death of a Salesman
New Harmony Theatre/Evansville, IN
with Gil Rogers and Jacqueline Brookes

The Philadelphia Story
New Harmony Theatre/Evansville, IN

The Golden Age
New Harmony Theatre/Evansville, IN
with Anne Pitoniak

Maine Stage Company
Unfaithful (Tim)
with Richard Gere and Diane Lane; Adrian Lyne, dir.

Quick Change
(Stunt Driver/Cop)
Bill Murray/Howard Franklin, dirs.
Teacher: on faculty at Circle In The Square Theatre School for Classical Text/Text Analysis, occasional Contemporary Scene Study Workshop (through 2019)

Public Speaking Coach/NYC/New Mexico

B. A. Public Relations/Journalism at Utica College/Syracuse University

Dialects: British, Irish, Welsh, various US regional, Russian, Swedish

Playwright, Poet
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Personal Reviews
Willow Cabin Theatre Company

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Front: Larry Gleason (Tomtom), Tasha Lawrence, Joe Pacheco.
Rear: Angela Nevard, John Billeci.
In David Rabe's
Goose and Tomtom

Courtesy New York Magazine

by David Rabe
staged in NYC

“The performances were designedly rough, tough and vigorous. Larry Gleason’s ‘Tomtom,’ a machismo simpleton of paranoia and cunning, found a perfect second banana in Joe Pacheco’s whining, supplicating ‘Goose.’ ”
New York Post

"Gleason and Pacheco offer a terrifying mixture of utter naivety and trigger-happy brutality. Each is such a powerhouse and so capable of variety that they could switch roles and make the play speak all over again in a whole new palette."

“The one undeniable fact is that the cast is stupendous. Tremendous effort goes into bringing Goose and Tomtom to the stage, and this cast did it marvelously.”
Punch-in International

“The performances are excellent, particularly Joe Pacheco as ‘Goose’ and Larry Gleason as ‘Tomtom.’”
Town and Village

“Goose and Tomtom belong to the murky underworld of of crime, violence and brutal survival tactics. Tomtom (Larry Gleason) is clearly the dominant factor, violent behavior almost bubbling to the surface....we’re talking really tough."
Off-Off Broadway Review

"Although Rabe writes brilliantly, he needs virtuoso actors to do him well. He has them here in Larry Gleason (Tomtom, who is dumb), and Joe Pacheco (Goose, who's dumber). Both actors were extraordinary in releasing frantic energy and playing affection and violence off each other."
Marshall Yeager/OOBR

“As Tomtom, Larry Gleason reveals the naked fear beneath his character's machismo. Indeed, he makes clear that it’s the fear that makes him so dangerous.”
WRSU-FM radio Rutgers NJ

by Thornton Wilder
staged in NYC

"Luckily, the opener's two toddlers, Larry Gleason and John Bolger, strike the right note from the minute they poke their heads out of their curtained carriages, and go on to prove commendable adults, with Bolger a dashing, articulately panicked Gulliver, and Gleason a touchingly rueful father in Childhood."
Michael Feingold/Village Voice

by Andre Obey
translated by Thornton Wilder
staged in NYC

“Then there is the acting - or, rather, the actor. Larry Gleason has been with Willow Cabin for as long as we can remember, and he is one of the American theater’s best-kept secrets, standing out in each of the company’s productions with his skillful versatility. This highly gifted actor, whose looks and talent bring Kevin Spacey to mind, offers such natural line readings as the second narrator in Lucrece that everything he says is fundamentally convincing. It is the drama that Gleason uncovers.”

“The dramatic power of the play derives from its narrators, in particular, Larry Gleason, lending the proceedings an appropriate tone of sober perception, understanding and sadness.”
The New York Times

by Dylan Thomas
adapted to the stage by Jeremy Brooks and Adrian Mitchell
staged in NYC and on tour

“Gleason has a rich baritone voice, which help give the simple, sometimes silly events he describes resonance.”
Howard Kissel/New York Daily News

“A large measure of the Willow Cabin production's success is owed to Larry Gleason's sympathetic portrayal of Dylan Thomas. Mr. Gleason moves with imperceptible ease between the exuberance of a child contemplating Christmas and the grown poet recalling with quiet fondness a time when "it snowed for 6 days and 6 nights when I was 12, or was it 12 days and 12 nights when I was 6?"
Wilborn Hampton/The New York Times

“Larry Gleason is ruddy perfection. Round-faced, lazy-lidded, with a wry smile and flawless accent, he is the personification of what a Welsh leading man should be, every bit as effective Hopkins might be, or Burton, and maybe not that far from Connery in much younger days. The strength of Gleason’s persona is the glue that holds it all together and gently wafts the evening aloft like Santa’s sleigh.”
Aisle Say Internet Stage Reviews/ David Spencer

“Larry Gleason is smilingly reminiscing as the young Dylan.”
Clive Barnes/New York Post

“In a 180 degree turn around from his edgy work in Willow Cabin’s
Goose and Tomtom, Larry Gleason makes both a sweetly anticipatory child and a wistful adult.”
This Month on Stage

“The fine cast is headed by Larry Gleason—superb as Dylan Thomas, man and child.”
Irene Backalenick/BackStage

“The superb ensemble of Willow Cabin regulars is headed by LarryGleason, who is absolutely wonderful as young Dylan.”
D.L. Lepidus/The Westsider

“The performances are excellent, especially Larry Gleason as Dylan Thomas.”
Donald Collester/NJ Public Radio WDVR-FM

“Particularly fine was Larry Gleason’s Dylan, plunging his hands in the snows of memory, rediscovering the delight of the boy through the yearning of the man.”

“Young Dylan is marvelously portrayed by Larry Gleason.”
Laurie Lawson/Punch-In International

by William Shakespeare
staged in Washington DC (Wolf Trap) and New York

“Larry Gleason has a genuine command of his role ‘Malvolio.’ Imperious, petulant and increasingly ridiculous, Gleason captures his character’s inflated sense of self, giddy lovesickness and eventual deflation.”
Washington Post

“The comic gold of Twelfth Night is in the part of ‘Malvolio,’ and the top-hatted Larry Gleason is in 24 carat form. Mr. Gleason moves like a pompous yacht entering harbor, and his mouth looks like it’s just sucked 10 lemons. He makes Malvolio’s speeches drip with vanity and excessive decorum; when Olivia bids him hurry after Viola, he utters the word “run” as if he’s never met a more appalling idea.”
Washington Times

“The Willow Cabin Theatre Company, now in its eighth season, offers several strong performances. Larry Gleason is supremely dour as the yellow-stockinged Malvolio.”
The New Yorker

"Larry Gleason has merit and consistency in his playing.”
New York Post

“Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this production is Larry Gleason’s portrayal of the much maligned Malvolio. Mr. Gleason captures the multi-faceted character with skill and comedy, crafting a person whom we laugh at, yet endearing enough to pity. Malvolio’s problematic final scene is an obstacle course for the audience member, and very often a stumbling block for the actor, yet Mr. Gleason is able to maneuver through the pitfalls with a deft hand.”
Punch-in International

“Fueled by excellent performances, most notably that of Larry Gleason as Malvolio...”
Columbia Daily Spectator

by Eugene O’Neill
Staged in NYC, Washington DC (Wolf Trap) and Albany NY

“While the emphasis is on ensemble acting, some performances deserve noting. Larry Gleason as a Swedish sailor who thinks he’s finally put the seafarer’s life behind him until he’s coaxed into taking a fatal drink has a smiling reticence that proves highly appealing in
The Long Voyage Home.”
David Richards/ The New York Times

“Perhaps best of all was the trustful Swede, Olson, of Larry Gleason, who laced the character’s dumb openness with a remote and wintry dignity; he added a quiet complexity and inwardness to the man that one hopes would have delighted O’Neill.”
Donald Lyons/The New Criterion

“While singling out members of the strong corps seems unfair, the following deserve special mention: the deft portrayal of a sailor in
The Long Voyage Home: Larry Gleason.”

“Larry Gleason is engaging as the innocent and ill-fated Swede, Olson, who stays a little too long amongst the hustlers, whores and thieves.”
Actors Resource

“Larry Gleason is particularly touching as Olson, the good-natured Swede who will probably never see his beloved farm again.”
Julius Novick/New York Newsday

“Larry Gleason stands out…”
Clive Barnes/New York Post

“In The Long Voyage Home, Larry Gleason played Olson, the sailor who is rolled and shanghaied, with a dignity, warmth and humor which we don't often associate with O’Neill.”
Michael Paller/ New York Native

by Moliere
staged in NYC

"Of course, having been so much talked about, Tartuffe has a lot to live up to when he appears in Act Three, but Larry Gleason is ready for the challenge, and his entrance brings a new physicality to the production. Whenever he is onstage, the play brims with energy and comic action that has the audience rocking with laughter."
William Ruhlman / New York Tribune

"Larry Gleason, as Tartuffe, applies just the right amount of grease to his maneuvers and is wonderfully lascivious swinging a pendulous crucifix between his legs."
Laurie Stone/Village Voice

by Louise Page
"Beautifully acted. The yeoman Larry Gleason slid effortlessly from officious secretaries to tentative visitors, a caring brother, tongue-tied father and obnoxious insensitive doctor… "
Dorothy Chansky/TheatreWeek

"Strong believable performances...a powerful presentation...Larry Gleason boldly takes on all the male characters, the insensitive doctor, the ex-lover, Sally's brother..."
Laurie Lawson/Punch-in International

by William Shakespeare

"There are strong portrayals in other main roles...Larry Gleason is a beguilingly bemused Touchstone (and a credible Adam)."
Wilborn Hampton/The New York Times

"The performances are imaginative, convincing and delightful. Larry Gleason is quite funny as Touchstone, the fool."
D. Collester/The Journal

"Gleason makes the most of his duel roles of Touchstone the Fool and Adam. His Fool is pure joy and roguish mischief, while his Adam is humane and moving.
Michael French/Soap Opera NOW!

by William Shakespeare

"Particularly strong was Gleason as a spider-like Puck, pretentious father Egeus in blue beret and walking stick, and foppish Lord Philostrate. Gleason was a wonder of limbs as Puck, his agile body and face showing Puck's mischievousness as well as communicating his love for Oberon and his envy for the four mismatched human lovers. His glee while watching Lysander and Demetrius pursue the confused Helena was a joy to watch."
James Yeara/Metroland Albany

"Probably the best of these was Larry Gleason whose Puck was a mischievous, street-wise imp who wasn't above looking up Helena's dress with a flashlight, or getting into the thick of the fight between Lysander and Demetrius."
Eleanor Koblenz/Schenectady Daily Gazette


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by Sonja Linden

"The play with a long-winded title -- I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda -- took off Wednesday on the strength of a taut script by Sonja Linden and two terrific performances. Larry Gleason as Simon and especially Afton C. Williamson as the young lady from Rwanda made opening night of the Vermont Stage production at FlynnSpace a night to of the best Vermont Stage productions in years. Gleason clearly knows what Simon's about. He gives the frustrated writer a friendly exterior and a quietly crumbling interior, tapping into the insecurities that, much like Juliette and her horrific memories of the genocide, Simon has been unwilling to confront. Amazing  performances."
Burlington Free Press

"Larry Gleason, as Simon, crafts an authentic performance on an emotional level; he captures the feel of a fortysomething man in a funk who finds himself electrified by a new relationship. Gleason feeds off Williamson’s  vibrancy, and together they establish the complex, moving connection between Simon and Juliette."
Seven Days
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Top and Below: Larry Gleason as 'Simon' with Afton C. Williamson as Juliette in
Vermont Stage Company

by Thom Thomas
(world premiere/original cast)

"Larry Gleason's portrayal of 'Monty' was one long, unravelling revelation. The longer he spent with his mother and Angelo, however, the more undone he and his wardrobe became, with startling effect in the  show's climax."
Evansville Courier
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Larry Gleason as 'Monty' in
]A Moon To Dance By
New Harmony Theatre, IN

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Larry Gleason as 'Monty' with Jana Robbins 'Freida' in a 
A Moon To Dance By
New Harmony Theatre, IN

written by Kathryn Blume
conceived by Jason Jacobs
(world premiere/original cast)

“Larry Gleason as Michael Astor (Astrov) is the catalyst for the discussion in saving the land and, directly and indirectly, saving himself and those living on the land by helping them recognize what they want in life.  It’s a big role that calls for a big persona, and Gleason fills it with booming presence, especially during the late-night drinking scene that shows both the glorious joy and crushing sadness the characters can feel.”
Burlington Free Press

“It would have been difficult to imagine Vermont Stage’s production being better cast. The doctor, Michael, and Ellen, seem more broadly drawn than in the Chekhov, and Larry Gleason and Kate Hampton deliver these characters with real dimension.”
Rutland Herald and Montpelier Times Argus

“Larry Gleason makes a good Astor, the doctor who is preoccupied with both his pocket flask and preserving the land.”
North Country Public Radio-NPR

“Gleason’s Michael achieves a lovable charm, especially in his late-night drunken singing.  We come to understand why he is the object of two women’s affections.”
Seven Days (Burlington)
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Larry Gleason creates the 
role of 'Michael (Astrov) Astor' in 
Vermont Stage Company
photo: Burlington Free Press

by Dylan Thomas
adapted to the stage by Burgess Clark
(adaptation premiere/original cast)

“In short, it is glorious-- a 90 minute journey through nostalgia that weaves through the spectrum of emotions. In ‘Wales,’ as the middle aged poet, Larry Gleason reminisces about days gone by with a warm, rolling Welsh brogue…the result is a series of heart-tugging scenes that alternately evoke laughter and bittersweet tears. Director Peter Flynn gives Gleason the opportunity to demonstrate the poet’s desperate attempts to relive two of the best days of his life—and the realization that he can only half succeed at such a task. The knowledge of events gives Gleason’s ‘Dylan’ a world-weary sadness that contrasts with Corey Bowen’s (Dylan’s younger self) plucky charm. In one of the most emotionally wrenching moments, both Dylans present a special Christmas gift to their father (Mark Nash). The tear-speckled expressions shared among Bowen, Gleason and Nash brings tears to the audience as well.”
Burlington Free Press

“The casting of the core family proved particularly effective, as was Larry Gleason as the adult Thomas narrating the story. Gleason felt like the real Thomas, casual yet involved, maintaining the momentum of this touching little story.”
Montpelier Times Argus

“The play is very well cast. The actors work together as a true ensemble, so I really shouldn't single anyone out. However I must mention Larry Gleason, who plays Dylan Thomas. Mr. Gleason has created a warm and 
complex character and handles the poetic language beautifully.
North Country Public Radio-NPR
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Larry Gleason as 'Dylan' in
Vermont Stage Company
photo:Burlington Free Press

by Larry Shue

“And Larry Gleason, an Equity actor in his fifth show in New Harmony, is amazing from the minute his ‘Charlie Baker’ walks onstage until he takes his richly deserved final bows. You’ll want to keep your eyes on Gleason every minute he’s onstage - no matter who else is talking or what else is going on. The Foreigner is the story of, well, of a foreigner, an Englishman who pretends to be much more foreign than the average Englishman. Think a little Groucho, a little of Andy Kaufman’s Latka Gravas (from Taxi) but with a tad stiff-upper Englishness….Everyone who walks onstage is Gleason’s foil.”

“Gleason and Steve Small as ‘Froggy’ were wonderful together; the looks between Gleason and Small were worth the price of admission; their dialogue - especially late in the play, was impeccable.”

Evansville Courier
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Top: Larry Gleason as 'Charlie Baker' in The Foreigner.
Bottom: Larry Gleason as 'Charlie Baker' with Alex Bond as 'Betty Meeks' in The Foreigner
New Harmony Theatre, IN

by A. R. Gurney

“Larry Gleason’s ‘Tom’ is a cad, but a cad we can’t help sympathizing with.  Gleason has created a complicated human being obsessed by a quest that makes him by turns naïve, disingenuous, manipulative and ultimately at the mercy of both women.”

“Larry Gleason came through with an engaging blend of awe and guile as ‘Tom,’ a 20’s –struck literature professor on a quest for what he believes to be a missing chapter from Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” ...he seems willing to say or do anything to get it.”
Evansville Courier
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Larry Gleason as 'Tom' with Anne Pitoniak in
The Golden Age
New Harmony Theatre, IN

by Arthur Miller

“Larry Gleason was a storm force as ‘Biff,’ the fabled, favorite son whose return visit launches Willy’s journey and sets off waves of revelation for the entire Loman family. From the moment he sat up in bed, Gleason was a powerful, palpable presence, torn  between keeping his father’s fantasies alive and letting them drown so that both men might see who they really are.”

“Larry Gleason’s ‘Biff’---who has spent his life running away from home and the father he purports to hate but truly loves---builds to a second act confrontation scene that is almost physically painful to watch because we care so much about both men.”
Evansville Courier
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Larry Gleason as 'Biff' with Steven Fales as 'Happy', Jacqueline Brookes as 'Linda' and Gil Rogers as 'Willy' in
Death of a Salesman
New Harmony Theatre, IN

by Philip Barry

“Larry Gleason upstaged nearly everyone with his angry, edgy, impassioned portrayal of ‘Mike,’ an idealistic young writer torn between his poetry and his yellow journalism and between his disdain for the wealthy and his sudden infatuation with Tracy.”
Evansville Courier

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Larry Gleason as 'Mike' with Kirsti Carnahan as 'Tracy' in
The Philadelphia Story
New Harmony Theatre, IN


Willow Cabin Miscellany

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John Bolger (left) and Larry Gleason as 'Moe' and 'Tommy', respectively, in The Ages Of Man: Infancy
photo: Village Voice

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Willow Cabin Theatre Company Logo Design by Founding Member, John Bolger

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1993 Tony Award® Nomination
Best Revival

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