(for full articles see “Reviews” Section)
“Carbone's ability to evoke the most unconventional of worlds — beginning with his classic one-act Up From the Ground, involving a mysterious giant flower in a Southern cornfield, has been discomfiting and astonishing audiences and critics on for more than 10 years….”
- Nicole Gluckstern , SF Bay Guardian
“A long-cherished and uniquely committed Bay Area talent who remarkably has eluded actually being committed."
– Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian
“Watching him is like being in a car with someone who zigzags left and right and makes you periodically unclear where you're going to end up; but then you do end up somewhere, and while it might not be exactly familiar, you're never sorry you went."
- Lisa Ferber, NY Theatre.com
“One of Bay Area Theatre’s most original voices…
Jonathan Winters meets Cocteau.”
-Brad Rosenstein, SF Guardian
“The snatches of comic surrealism Carbone performed as companion skits were among the funniest things I've ever seen onstage."
– Michael Scott Moore, SF Weekly
“A mild-mannered eccentric with a mind as big as Texas and a face like Silly Putty, Dan Carbone is a delightful oddity among local solo performers--his off-kilter perspective on reality and its illusions creates a strange, funny and disturbing-in-a-good-way
hybrid of Flannery O'Connor, The Twilight Zone, Mister Rogers and Jonathan Winters."
- Kerry Reid, SF Metropolitan
“Carbone delivers a piece so unlike anything one typically sees in San Francisco theaters that the audience is likely to have
a reaction of complete flabbergastation.”
– Daniel Ari, Big Empire.com
“He's kind of the Daniel Johnston of performance art: Local entertainer Dan Carbone possesses an epic dedication to his art, which could be defined as "being super weird." Plenty of people (art school druggies, mostly) dabble in being super weird, but they don't have the stamina, the locked-jaw commitment, the self-knowledge,
or the skill of Carbone”
- Hiya Swanhuyser, SF Weekly
“Carbone is one of those geniuses who only get better with age.
And lucky are we to see his work as it has grown…”
- Linda Ayres-Frederick, San Francisco Bay Times
“You think your life is more than a little surreal? You think you're a freak? You think you've seen some rad, edgy theater?
Then you haven't seen a Carbone show. Carbone is a trip.
A genius freaky trip.”
-Karen McKevitt, SFist
“Ever had a shot of morphine? Truly one of life’s
odder experiences. There you are, pinned to the hospital bed,
watching. You can do nothing, interact with nothing, make sense of nothing: you’re just passive ectoplasm
gaping at a demented universe unfolding around you.
---Welcome to Dan Carbone’s universe.”
- Ed Brownson, SF Bay Times
-Lily Janiak, SF Weekly