Brendan J. Mulhern

Macbeth

“Mr. Mulhern brings his background in comedy and improvised theatre to bear in an impressive, high-energy performance shot through with moments of grim humor…His soliloquies constantly transform him from a smiling self-confident man of the world into a grimacing, anguished monster…Mulhern/Macbeth veers violently between a carefree hedonist and an anguished victim of his own nightmares. I have never seen a more convincing portrayal of power unraveling before our very eyes.”

-Alfred Thomas, City Desk, Chicago Shakespeare 400 Festival

“Mulhern’s physical approach and embodiment of the role shows the depth of Macbeth’s paranoia and guilt over his own actions and weakness. The scene where Macbeth imagines seeing the bloody dagger hanging in the air, though invisible to the audience, is a perfect example of the type of energy he brings the role. Even without the use of a prop, it is quite visual in its depth and impact.”

Buzz News

“Brendan Mulhern and Katie Stimpson are both riveting as the murderous Scottish power couple”

New City Stage (Chicago)

“Mulhern’s expressions alone telegraph the action and emotional contents underlying them in most of the scenes.”

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Yerma

“A handsome shepherd, Victor, winningly played by Brendan J. Mulhern…”

Chicago on Stage

“The strong and appealing Brendan J. Mulhern…”

– PerformInk

The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones

“…Brendan J. Mulhern gives a startlingly honest, emotionally charged performance as Supernova Jones.”
– Chicago Reader

“…Brendan Mulhern embodies the perfect action hero, and his gravitas carries the darker and more emotional moments of the show”
– Chicago Critic

“Mulhern is able to toggle between B movie hero and bereaved everyman and do both men justice…”
– NewCity Stage (Chicago)

The Haberdasher! A Tale of Derring-do

“Mulhern impresses with his natural presence, easy comedic timing, and broad physical comedy…[He] switches between the many voices and physicalities with such ease that you feel that he could have played the whole show by himself .”
– My Theatre (Boston)

“Brendan Mulhern is so specific in each of his characters he has to fight to keep from stealing the show. Though the audience is thoroughly delighted by him, they are delighted by the way he works with ensemble, and not because he stands apart from it.”
– Edge Boston

The Seabirds

“…Mickey Leance, an Irish immigrant and Confederate deserter, depicted with explosive vitality by Brendan Mulhern”
– Arts Editor

“Mulhern is a personal favorite…with his incredible physicality and the ease with which he portrays the intensely complex emotions of his character.”
– My Theatre (Boston)

“Brendan Mulhern has vibrant eyes and a personality that can’t help but draw you in. He has a resonant and richly timbered voice, and he speaks in a thick brogue that is never suspect.”
– Edge Boston

Deathtrap

“The young playwright Cliff is excellently played by Brendan Mulhern who is tall, dark and handsome…[He] also handles the transition of this young, naive college student into a menacing figure with ease and his angry moments are startling to behold.”
– Theatre Mirror

“Brendan Mulhern portrays Clifford Anderson with charm and rugged subtlety”
– Boston Examiner

Monty Python’s Spamalot

“If you crave spot-on Python delivery, Brendan Mulhern provides it a bit as Sir Lancelot, but in droves as the taunting guard at the French castle, the Knight of Ni and the Enchanter with the Killer Rabbit. These favorite scenes would not work as well without that familiar delivery and Mulhern is simply a master of the Python method.”
– Patriot Ledger