THE CATCH by Ken Weitzman
WINNER! Colorado Theatre Guild's Henry Award 2011
Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, CO
Lou Jacobs, Dir.
“Bandhu's incremental shifts in Michael, from inscrutable and
reticent to confident and forthcoming, provide dynamic
contrast to both Peakes' extroverted, controlling Gary, and to
Wai-Ching Ho's broadly comedic Ruth.”
Bob Bows, Variety
“An impeccably performed comedy — often riotously so.
Wai Ching Ho and Pun Bandhu make for a refreshingly
uncommon stage duo — a Japanese American mother and
son who share a love for baseball.”
John Moore, Denver Post
“A home run! An exceptional cast. This is the one show
of the Denver Center's fantastic season that is not to be
missed…Pun Bandhu as Michael Normura, in his Denver
Center debut, did a wonderful job as the play's conflicted
Michael Mulhern, BroadwayWorld.com
“Though afforded less stage time, Gary’s rival for the record-
breaking baseball, Michael Nomura (Pun Bandhu), and
Michael’s mother, Ruth (Wai-Ching Ho), are fully realized.
With just a few exchanges, the depth and breadth of their
relationship is made abundantly clear.”
Gary Zeidner, Boulder Weekly
YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang
TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA
Robert Kelley, Dir
“DHH [is] played wonderfully by Pun Bandhu. Bandhu has
tremendous stage charisma. The audience wants to
watch him, wants to see what he will do next.”
John Orr, Mercury News
“So full of excellent acting, crackling sharp wit and an
intriguing story line that one walks away thinking, ‘You know
something? I think I’ve just witnessed an important work.’ Pun
Bandhu, who looks very much like Hwang, does such a
bang-up job of representing him that, at the intermission,
some audience members were thinking it might be the
Keith Kreitman, San Mateo Daily Journal
“The acting is strong. Francis Jue and Pun Bandhu were
crowd favorites. Pun zigged and zagged across the stage,
pulling his spiky hair. His expressions were priceless,
especially when accused of being a “fake Asian.”
Cliinton Stark, Stark Insider
“Robert Kelly has assembled a brilliant cast of actors to
play various roles. Pun Bandhu gives an excellent portrayal
of the playwright, DHH. He ardently embraces the character
who becomes ideologically conflicted as an American Asian
Richard Connema, Talkin’Broadway.com
“Pun Bandhu is an angst ridden D.H.H. In one sequence
D.H.H. is ripping on the hardships and subconscious racism
that the Chinese community faces; the next, he's in a guffaw-
inducing scene being recognized while renting Asian porn.”
Jessica Fromm, Metro Active
Top Ten Bay Area Productions of the Year! “DHH is played
with engaging angst by Pun Bandhu. A laugh-packed and
Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
“David Henry’s Hwang’s avatar in the play, DHH, is played
wonderfully by Pun Bandhu.”
John Orr, San Jose Mercury
THE BELLS By Theresa Rebeck
McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ
Emily Mann, Dir.
“Performances are forceful and vividly defined. A stoic
portrait by Pun Bandhu of a doomed Chinese miner who
drops in from time to time with his ‘sorrowful friends of cold
Robert L. Daniels, Variety
“The outstanding cast creates memorable portraits. A
fervent Pun Bandhu is the Chinese prospector who
disappeared 18 years earlier after striking a winning claim
and who now haunts the proceedings.”
Naomi Siegel, The New York Times
VENGEANCE CAN WAIT by Yukiko Motaya,
translated by Kyoko Yoshida and Andy Bragen
PS 122, New York, NY
Jose Zayas, Dir.
“The expertly acted production is a joy to watch. Bandhu and
Yamamoto demonstrate comic flair and nice chemistry.”
Tom Penketh, Backstage
“Pun Bandhu’s XuiFei is appropriately solid and stolid and shows [his] warm side when, in the remembered past, he gifts Annette
with two bells.”
Bob Rendell, TalkinBroadway.com
“The actors -- whom Emily Mann directs with zest -- wholeheartedly mine the material for whatever character gold lies thar.
Bandhu haunts the stage with the right kind of gravity. “
David Finkle, Theatremania.com
“A ghostly figure appears and laments, “I don’t want to die here. I want to die in my home.” XuiFei (Pun Bandhu) is a tormented
ghost, a Chinese prospector. His spirit has been unable to leave the scene of his murder around 1899. Credit goes to Bandhu
for haunting the proceedings with a degree of poignancy, as he reflects soulfully of his quest to find enough gold to buy
his girl friend’s freedom from a house of prostitution.”
Simon Saltzman, TheatreScene.net
THE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE
WORLD by Matt Schatz
Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ
Troy Miller, Dir.
"...a strong, lively performance."
New York Times
“Bandhu is masterful. His architect is alternately likeable and
annoying, filled with equal parts acerbic arrogance and self-
NJ Arts Maven
"Bandhu plays Yama with confidence. He has the fury of the
unwavering artist who won’t compromise — but he
eventually finds that he must."
NJ Star Ledger
“Bandhu gives us an extraordinarily believable and complex
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO SHOW
Adapted by Joe Landry
Nelson Eusebio, Dir.
Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
"Charming. Endearing. Cast performances that are full of, um, wonderful life. As Clarence, the angel who's one good deed shy of earning his wings, Pun Bandhu keeps things simple so the humor has extra spark and the sentiment registers warmly. The actor also bounds nimbly through other assignments, conjuring up distinct personalities. "
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
“Each of the five actors play all of the roles with great panache and fervor. The cast create surprisingly vivid and fully believable characters — dozens of them. Bandhu's portrayal of Clarence is [one of the most] impressive and memorable. ”
Gina Jun, DC Metro Arts
"The cast members all attack their multiplex duties vigorously. Pun Bandhu at times seems like a whirling dervish as he spins from role to role. This whole show is perfectly magical."
Jack L.B. Gohn, BroadwayWorld
“A heart-warming and delightful gift. Pun Bandhu as Clarence (and others) and Eileen Rivera as Violet Bick (and others) do an amazing job jumping from character to character. ”
Lynne Menafee MD Theatre Guide
“The casting is flawless. Pun Bandhu does an outstanding job with a demanding task for any actor. As Clarence, the Angel sent to save George from his suicidal intentions, he is sweetly innocent. As Harry Baily, he is smoothly confident. His talents are wonderfully displayed in a scene where he plays both the bar owner and a drunk customer, literally throwing himself out of the bar.
Timoth David Copney, Baltimore Gay Life.
“The most incredible part of the production is the fact that a total of only five actors perform all the roles. They are somehow able, with only a few simple props or costume pieces, to successfully embody the many memorable, ageless characters of the timeless tale. Actor Pun Bandhu is great as Clarence the angel, and in some of the smaller character roles like the bar owner Martini. ”
Mary McCarhy, Splice Today
By Kenneth Lin
Leslie Martinson, Dir.
TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA
"Smart, polished and effortlessly charming, Bandhu is instantly credible both as a rising political star and as a moralist who takes strong exception to his hotshot political consultant's occasional blasphemies - though not his profuse use of obscenities. The jockeying between Nathan and Lee - over which deep-pockets developer Lee should cozy up to, which committee he should sit on - is cagily written and performed. "
Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
“Julius Weishan Lee (a slick turn by Pun Bandhu) has been hailed as the Republican Obama. A decorated war veteran with Harvard credentials, he's the sort of fresh-faced candidate who appeals to voters across demographics. The son of Chinese immigrants, he's also a churchgoer and a naturally charismatic fellow. Bandhu lends Julius an air of polish and authority. ”
Karen D'Souza, Mercury News
"Written (and acted) with mindful attention to all the ambiguities involved. Under Martinson’s carefully calibrated direction, the actors mine every last nuance of the script. "
Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner
“Director Leslie Martinson elicits outstanding performances from all three actors. The interchanges and conflicts between them ring true and intrigue the audience. ”
“A gripping, emotionally charged, fast-paced work that ripples with tension and rapid-fire dialogue delivered by an expert cast. Pun Bandhu plays newly elected assemblyman Julius Weishan Lee with a bottled-up tautness of the Silver Star marine he once was. He carries himself erect and careful, precise in movement and speech in a way that hints at a potential for aggression. He is prickly, chafing under the direction of his political advisor.
Paul Myrvold, MyrvoldsTheatre Notes.com
“Pun Bandhu has an easygoing charisma as Julius, but there’s something dark and unpredictable there too — in his temper, in his resentment. It’s fascinating when we finally get to see him and Holly in the same room, because there’s a palpable tension between the comfortable familiarity of their shared history and the extremely uncomfortable lack of trust between them now. ”
Sam Hurwitt, KQED Arts, Public Broadcasting
By Margaret Edson
Lynne Meadow, Dir.
Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway, Friedman Theatre
Tony nomination, Best Revival of a Play>
"Five Stars out of Five. Critic's Pick. Directed with a persuasive combination of showmanship and sensitivity, this production magnifies the innate theatricality of the play without compromising the firm emotional truth at its center. The inhuman doctors, the caring, of-the-people nurse with a human touch, they are all given credible life by the cast of this fine production. "
Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Strong, understated work from the supporting cast. In every detail, the production is crisp and precise yet emotionally penetrating. An uncommonly stirring piece of theater. ”
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Five Stars. Get thee to this theatre. This production is seamless. Nixon is surrounded by an extraordinary supporting cast, who guide her through the maze of this passage and bring the every day life into brilliant relief. "
Tulis McCall, New York Theatre Guide
“Taut and engaging. Director Lynne Meadow has assembled a sturdy support cast
and guides her production skillfully. ”
Joe Dziemianowicz NY Daily News
“Vivian (a perfect Cynthia Nixon) shares her experiences as she is handed off for various treatments or remembers interactions with people from her past (Pun Bandhu, Jessica Dickey, Chike Johnson and Zachary Spicer fill in for the various characters). Meadows' attention to small details enhances the plot and draws out excellent performances across the boards. Definitely one of the highlights of the season.
Lauren Yarger, Reflections in the Light Blog