Knoxville Theatre Club- Of course the plays's lead Aaron Orlov (cris) will be remembered by most for his sweeping and expertly deployed monologue given at the top of the second act, and he rightfully deserves credit for this exceptional bit of rich storytelling. But, I was even more captivated by his beautiful expression of vulnerability throughout the play. Orlov does a fantastic job presenting cris' resilient though profoundly damaged optimism through a subtly eager physicality and brief moments of bright humor. In this way, we come to know cris both as the man who remains hopeful in spite of his experiences and who is deeply troubled by his own insecurities. For the principal character in a play titled the strangers, Orlov's cris has been masterfully crafted to be immanently familiar.
Arts Knoxville- There are two outstanding monologues among the outstanding ensemble episodes: one by Orlov's "cris" that opens "act ii" and defines the plays's autobiographical slant...
Around the World in 80 Days:
Knox News Sentinel- But Aaron Orlov's Passepartout steals the show. Whether he’s being kissed by women, losing his shoes or rescuing a damsel from death, Orlov is simply adorable. Some of the best scenes are when he and Alley are on stage together. And Orlov gets laughs simply by putting on a bandana and cowboy hat or yelling “indigenous Americans” at invisible attacking Apaches.
Arts Knoxville- Aaron Orlov’s Passepartout danced, hopped, and trod that necessary fine line between brilliant presentational comedy and expositional delivery.