"I saw Bad Jews and thought about you, "Wow. What a really good actor I'm seeing". But now, Capt. Spaulding? I enjoyed every single minute and totally laughed my ass off. You were fucking brilliant. I can say that Groucho Marx would have loved and approved of your performance." -- a guy from the audience
"MORE GROUCHO PLEASE" -- San Diego Citybeat
"Josh Odsess-Rubin nails it as Groucho" -- San Diego Jewish World
"Groucho (the talented Josh Odsess-Rubin)..." -- Times of San Diego
"Spaulding (played magnificently by Josh Odsess-Rubin)..." -- SD Uptown News
"He does an amazing job" -- Vista Press
"Odsess-Rubin's ode to Groucho rings true" -- Stage and Cinema
"Odsess-Rubin captures Groucho's sly humor" -- San Diego Story
"Odsess-Rubin is best when he has a chance to improvise and play with the audience, even throwing in a mention to 'Bad Jews' his last Cygnet show, where he was fantastic." -- Broadwayworld
"Start with its central quartet: Josh Odsess-Rubin, who brings an admirably deft comic touch to the Groucho role... One of the biggest treats on opening night was Odsess-Rubin’s (apparently) off-script jaunts; at one point, with full Groucho insouciance, he grabbed a program from a playgoer and began riffing on other Cygnet shows — mentioning his own turn in “Bad Jews.” (He was great in that, by the way.) Odsess-Rubin’s way of channeling Groucho as the allegedly intrepid explorer Capt. Spaulding — and wringing every last guilty laugh out of a series of groaner gags — plays a big part in keeping the show as together as possible." -- San Diego Union-Tribune
Odsess-Rubin’s youthful energy, and versatility in playing 4 parts, was fabulously on display throughout the production...
I’ve witnessed many a standing ovation at Portland Stage...But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Saturday matinee crowd lurch to its feet so quickly and resoundingly as it did at “Red Herring”‘s final curtain.
—Bangor Daily News
Odsess-Rubin’s James has an endearing aw-shucks awkwardness.
Josh Odsess-Rubin is similarly deft with his quartet of characters, and he manages to make James Appel, the Soviet spy in love with McCarthy's daughter, sweetly absurd.
THEATERMANIA: As the young lovers, Carthew and Odsess-Rubin are both hilariously histrionic. Their impromptu opera is a highlight.
AMERICAN THEATRE: Carthew and Josh Odsess-Rubin are new and welcome additions to the company. His Cléante is a soulful young pup, totally undone by his passionate infatuation.
LA TIMES: [Carthew's] nutty pastoral duet with Odsess-Rubin is touching.
SOUTH PASADENA REVIEW: Daughter Angélique and her suitor Cléante are played earnestly by a sparkling Kelsey Carthew and a desperately forlorn Josh Odsess-Rubin in a charming turn.
LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM: Josh Odsess-Rubin creates a gentle earnestness in Cleante, the man Angelique loves, making her choice all the more obvious.
The performances are outstanding...Josh Odsess-Rubin makes Liam a tightly-wrapped, barely controlled, seething mass of contradictions.
-- TIMES OF SAN DIEGO
Odsess-Rubin is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. He has a couple of cynical speeches that are as brutal as they are hilarious -- SAN DIEGO STORY
[E]ntertaining and excellent... Josh Odsess-Rubin as Liam is no less formidable or self-righteous an opponent than Frimer's Daphna...he matches her hit for hit --BROADWAYWORLD
Danielle Frimer (Daphna) and Josh Odsess-Rubin (Liam) have the artistic courage to be brutally unlikeable -- SAN DIEGO READER
Cygnet has knocked this one out of the ballpark. The chemistry among the cousins was such that you’d think they really had a lifetime of history together -- SD JEWISH WORLD
All roles are played splendidly -- SAN DIEGO UPTOWN NEWS
Odsess-Rubin plays Liam with all the stubbornness and lack of tact called for, and that is considerable -- SD GAY & LESBIAN NEWS
[A]n amazing cast...Josh Odsess-Rubin presents an amazing display of the conflicted, angry, confused, somewhat domineering brother -- VISTA PRESS
Exquisitely acted... Odsess-Rubin is a potent force as Liam.
-- SD UNION-TRIBUNE
"Jeb Burris and Josh Odsess-Rubin, who play Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse, respectively, flexed unparalleled comedic timing as the Antipholus twins’ knucklehead sidekicks.”
— Sierra Sun, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Wonderfully acted from top to bottom, SOC’s “As You Like It” has a sly sense of humor and a great feel for the riches of Shakespeare’s script...
Odsess-Rubin shows that in her Ganymede guise, Rosalind struggles for credible masculinity. The actor uses letter-perfect comic timing in showing Ganymede’s fluttery effeminacy, and as “he” grows frazzled doling out romantic counsel in Arden, Odsess-Rubin is reminiscent of a young Gene Wilder.
...The quick take is that of an outstanding outdoor Shakespeare staging that shouldn’t be missed.
ORANGE CURTAIN REVIEW:
The acting is well done by all parties involved, but the star of the show is undeniably Josh Odsess-Rubin who plays Rosalind/Ganymede.
Rubin’s Rosalind is vulnerable, creative, and giddy with love for Orlando. In short, he is everything one could want Rosalind to be.
...Equally worthy of note is the fact that his gender is not played up for laughs--anymore than could be expected. This is as serious as a portrayal of a man playing a woman who is pretending to be a man as one could ever hope to see.
Among the many standouts are Josh Odsess-Rubin as Owen Fallon and the ghost of Marley.
-- The Union-Democrat, A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Odsess-Rubin makes a downright chilling entrance as Jacob’s Marley’s ghost.
— Calaveras Enterprise, A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The trio of Dauphine, Truewit and Clerimont, played charmingly by Michael Kirby, Josh Odsess-Rubin and Christopher Norwood were sensational...Their antics and treachery come off incredibly natural and confident.
However, of the three, it is Odsess-Rubin that steals the show, playing both loyal comrade and wacky conspirator in a way that makes you believe you’ll be hearing his name much more in theatre circles over the next few years.
-- reviewfix.com, EPICENE