The Nanjing Race, by Reggie Cheong Leen, at Abingdon Theatre Company
"...sure-handed direction by Brian Tom O'Connor" ~~ Erik Haagensen, Back Stage
"Director Brian Tom O'Connor uses the tiny space most impressively to stage a play which takes us on a journey thousand miles away. Every door, every passageway and every back room of the theater is creatively used to evoke compelling scenery." ~~ Lina Zeldovich, CurtainUp
"Brian Tom O'Connor stages the smart, funny, and engaging show,which deftly negotiates the complexity of race, politics, citizenship, and desire." ~~ Dan Bacalzo, TheaterMania
"As directed by Brian Tom O'Connor, it's a triangle of cultural clashes, passion and prejudice, skillfully written and beautifully played out by a trio of terrific actors. …bravo to the Abingdon. ...if you wanna see it, you better hurry!"
~~ Wayman Wong, All That Chat
The Magic Flute at The Bronx Opera Company
"Brian O'Connor's staging proved funny, inventive, but consistently true to the piece's ethical heart."
~~ Leighton Kerner, The VIllage Voice
"One of the most satisfying productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute that I have ever seen. Brian O'Connor's direction focused squarely on the opera's three dramatic levels, animating the action with vivid theatrical strokes but never exaggerating the obvious or emphasizing irrelevant obscurities. The dignified rites of Sarastro and his priests, the warmly human aspirations of Tamino and Pamina, and the earthly comedy of Papageno and Papagena unfolded naturally and smoothly. This was a traditional approach in the best sense, proposing a dramatic reality that went directly to the very heart of the work. A superior Magic Flute that I will not soon forget" ~~ Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine
"It takes wonderful style and panache to direct such a venture successfully, and Brian O'Connor's efforts are spellbinding. The dash and swagger exhibited by O'Connor and his cast make Scapino an absolute necessity for anyone who enjoys laughing." ~~ Larry L. Kupert, Lincoln Journal
Director Brian O'Connor has molded his troupe into a roustabout cohesiveness. This production puts together the best of everything -- cast, technicals, sript and music. You'll enjoy this one, but be sure to run through your 'Abs of Steel' exercise tape at least twice before attending or come away with sore midriff muscles." ~~ John Cutler, The Lincoln Star