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The Winter’s Tale

First Folio has a first rate Leontes in Kevin McKillip...McKillip’s quicksilver instincts and ability to smolder with resentment at the drop of a crown... help sell the sudden changes in psychological weather for Leontes.

Kerry Reid - Chicago Tribune

...hot blooded, fast paced show with terrific inspired performers - led by Kevin McKillip, astonishing as the foolish King Leontes.

Jack Helbieg - Chicago Reader

Richard III

Kevin McKillip's bravura performance as the scheming monarch for First Folio Shakespeare Festival is one of the finest I've seen in the role. The unseasonable chill in the air Saturday added to the play's sense of menace. But even on a hot night, McKillip's cold fury and command of the language and his physical instrument could raise goose bumps

Kerry Reid - Chicago Tribune

And from his first determined jump onto the stage, Kevin McKillip -- fleet, witty and twisted, superbly in command of the play's language and with a flair for mixing silent film villainy with flashes of real despair -- lets us know we are in the presence of an actor who can hold the stage for three full hours… McKillip, seen earlier this season as the insufferable literary critic in Court Theatre's production of "Arcadia," brings the perfect balance of coldness, calculation and self-revulsion to his portrait. His Richard is a man whose physical deformities pale in comparison to the profoundly warped nature of his soul -- a man who will stop at nothing to get the crown and consolidate power

Chicago Sun Times

If the stage is Richard's, First Folio Shakespeare Festival's exceptional production belongs to Kevin McKillip. For the better part of three hours, the lean, charismatic McKillip commands the stage in the titular role of the…highly theatrical villain whose misshapen body suggests his twisted soul, he is a compelling figure, wielding words as incisively as other men wield swords and wooing and winning a woman in spite of her hatred for him. McKillip's sly, glib performance impresses for its physicality (body contorted, he capers nimbly across the stage) and its humor (he uses wisely his smirk). And yet, a flicker of regret or the trace of conscience sometimes clouds his expression, but only for a moment. The pursuit of power allows no time for self-pity and remorse.

Barbara Vitello - Daily Herald

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Take for instance Kevin McKillip’s masterfully zany take on Ira, a hypochondriac and perpetually late comedy writer. Simon positions Ira’s first entrance in Act I to be a bulldozing comic force that commands the audiences attention for a hyperbolic build up to a big bathroom-humor joke. McKillip is more than up to the challenge, and his Ira stands out as one of the show’s best performances thanks to jittery and wiry-limbed physical antics and his odd combination of being both intensely focused and distractingly spaced out..

The Daily Herald

Captian Blood

Captain Blood’s not-so secret weapon lies in a double-cast Kevin McKillip. As the preposterously named Hagthorpe, he’s a wildly enthusiastic but hilariously incompetent narrator who can’t detangle himself from laborious exposition to save his life. McKillip also plays Don Alan de Panadero, a Spanish pirate with manners more flowery than a prom queen’s funeral and a wardrobe swishier than an industrial-strength car wash. McKillip has a long and sublimely silly history working as a clown, and he brings everything he knows to the fore. For both roles.

Catey Sullivan - Pioneer Press

Among the supporting players, First Folio stalwart Kevin McKillip shines in the dual roles of Hagthorpe, the hapless narrator/member of Blood's band whose love of exposition earns him jeers from his peers, and Don Alan de Panadero, a treacherous Spaniard whose Castilian lisp gets played for cheap — but abundantly satisfying — laughs.

Kerry Reid - Chicago Tribune


Rough Crossing

You know First Folio’s theatrical ship is on course when the crew includes Kevin McKillip. The presence of the lissome, loose limbed actor as an unseasoned cabin steward helps ensure smooth sailing...the character who best navigates the storm-tossed seas...it’s the latest in a series of endearing physical comedic turns from the versatile McKillip.

The Daily Herald

First rate cast of clowns. Chief among them is Kevin McKillip’s Dvornicek....McKillip, whose rubber-legged physique and rubbery faced physiognomy are never less than reliable, outshines his earlier First Folio incarnations as a good-natured idiot who saves the day despite himself.

Chicago Tribune

Mary Poppins

The production gets a shot in the arm from a superb performance by Kevin McKillip as father George Banks, normally a secondary figure who mostly impersonates a stereotype grouchy family patriarch. McKillip endows George with a real comic personality that can shift into a serious gear. He gives the character a presence I hadn’t noticed in previous exposures to the show, and his awkward comic dance at the end of the evening set the audience hooting with pleasure.

Chicago Theatre Reviews.com


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