The Public Theatre

The Tempest directed by Lear Debessonet


“…charismatic principals to anchor the action. The Stephano-Caliban-Trinculo (Jacob Ming-Trent, Carson Elrod, Jeff Hiller) interludes were particularly delicious exercises in farce.”- Claudia La Rocco The New York Times. 9/9/2013


Primary Stages

All In The Timing by David Ives

Directed by John Rando


"Carson Elrod... he won a Washington acting award for it (his play, The Heir Apparent). He is, I think, one of our most brilliant comedians. I think he is as funny as anybody in New York right now or in this country right now. It amazes me that he's not a household word."- David Ives PLAYBILL 2/2013



With… “Carson Elrod dominating with neurotic wizardry in five roles. He'll be a star. It's all in the timing.” –Michael Musto The Village Voice 2/12/2013


“It is Elrod, whose enthrallingly endearing mix of vulnerability and slight smarminess, allows him to shine brightest. Switching characters with ease during the briefest of scene changes, Elrod manages to inhabit each of Ives' creations, fully relishing their linguistic and physical challenges. All in the Timing proves to be the sort of showcase that could – and should – vault this hard-working actor into stardom. So SNL, pick up your phone and start dialing his number now. Remember, timing really can be everything.”- Brian Scott Lipton 2/12/2013


Carson Elrod is “Inexhaustibly nimble.”- Ben Brantley The New York Times 2/12/2013


“The show’s MVPs are comic chameleons Liv Rooth and Carson Elrod.”- The New York Daily News 2/12/2013



The Heir Apparent by David Ives


“Elrod's Crispin is the play's prime comedic spark…”-Paul Harris Variety


'The Heir Apparent' crackles along merrily from start to finish, led by superlative performances in the two central comic roles. ...Carson Elrod’s Crispin, a robust variation on the stock character of the conniving servant, is the primary architect of a series of outlandish comic capers ...”- Charles Isherwood The New York Times. 9/29/2011


“Carson Elrod, perhaps, has the most difficult task in the play as he is required to take on various personas throughout the course of the show. He does so with great ease.” -Jennifer Perry - September 12, 2011- MD THEATRE GUIDE


“And no one masters this practice better than Carson Elrod, the whirlwind of energy behind Crispin’s master of disguise. Elrod, who some might recognize as Bradley Cooper’s sidekick in Wedding Crashers, is the undeniable star of the production. He inhabits an array of gate-crashing characters, including a hysterical American frontiersman, whose national pride and limited vocabulary are a clear reference to a not-so-distant former President.”-Christian Barclay


“…but the show is really stolen by Elrod as the valet Crispin. He's the idea man in all the scheming that's going on, and the role requires broad physical comedy and changes of character as he adopts various disguises and personas (including, at one point, impersonating Geronte himself) in pursuit of the share of the riches Eraste has promised if he and Lisette can help him pull this off.”- The


Elrod dazzles in the star role of Crispin, the clever servant who calls himself "a one-man Comédie Francaise." The character's improvisations and impersonations drive the plot, so the audience watches as Crispin shifts guises—in seconds—from a zany backwoodsman in fringed buckskin and coonskin cap to the pudgy heiress to a pig farm.”-Susan Berlin


“…but the big surprise of the night is Carson Elrod, a whiplash of an actor. He doesn’t really get going until he puts his master plan into motion — impersonating the American cousins, a frontiersman from New York (?), a needy young woman, and best of all, Geronte himself. Putting on the old man’s robe, he withers himself into a magnificent likeness then dictates a brand new will for Scruple, (Clark Middleton) the diminutive lawyer who takes towering umbrage at jokes about lawyers, especially short ones.”-Maggie Lawrence The Star Exponent


New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre 2011

All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure


“The mock interrogation scene, wittily led by Carson Elrod, is a high point.”-Ben Brantley The New York Times 6/27/2011


“Carson Elrod’s nimble interpreter, gets the subplot laughs that …(actors names redacted to protect the innocent)… don’t even try for.”- Michael Feingold The Village Voice 6/29/2011


“Mr. Elrod’s wry, impish Pompey rolls with the punches with the good nature of a born survivor.”-Charles Isherwood, The New York Times 7/1/2011


“Carson Elrod, who performed a small if eye-catching turn as a quick-witted soldier in “All’s Well,” comes into his own playing Pompey as a quick-witted pimp who tosses out Elizabethan wisecracks and double entendres in a snarky punk style…”-Marilyn Stasio , Variety 7/1/2011


“…Carson Elrod, with a drawling, ironice Claude Rains delivery, does the best work in All’s Well as the interpreter…”-  Mark Peikert New York Press 7/6/2011


“Carson Elrod as the bawdy Pompey…delivers (a) first rate comic performance.”-David Gordon 7/5/2011


“In this production, the play and indeed it’s central argument is constructed on the shoulders of two aborning stars,… and Carson Elrod, whose advocacy of a very different morality as the clown-pimp Pompey, becomes the principal counterpoint.”- Les Gutman- Curtain Up Review 7/1/2011


“Carson Elrod is delightful as the bawd, Pompey, and his acknowledgement of the environmental noises around him on the night I saw the show gave his performance a spontaneity and freshness sorely lacking in other parts of the production.”-Dan Bacalzo, 7/1/2011


“Carson Elrod has a puckish charm playing the pimp Pompey with a punk rocker attitude and does a terrific job in a scene where he does some extended playing with the audience.”-Michael Dale,, 7/6/2011


“The bawdy courtroom scene with Masters Pompey and Froth is turned from a script-filler to real comic relief, and Pompey (Carson Elrod) works the audience brilliantly when he becomes the executioner’s assistant.”-Roseanne Wells 7/12/2011


“Here the comedy is often truly amusing, thanks to the physical performances of…and Carson Elrod as Pompey. Looking punkish with a red streak in his hair, Elrod’s Pompey- pimp, bartender, and executioner all in one-travels through the audience at one point and addresses theatregoers personally. … they laugh!”-Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press


“Pompey, a deft Carson Elrod…”- Joe Dziemianowicz The Daily News


“Esbjornoson-turns out to have a delightful way with stock comic characters, including Carson Elrod as punk Pompey.”-Linda Winer Newsday


“Here, the minor characters fare much better, especially… Carson Elrod as Pompey, a kind of punk pimp exectutioner-in-training.”- John Lahr The New Yorker 7/5/2011


“Esbjornosn does a fine job with the comedy. Amid scenes of rape and beheadings we get some expert clowning from… Carson Elrod’s punked out pimp Pompey.”-Roma Torre NY1 7/6/2011


“There are also good performances…especially, Carson Elrod, as the smarmy taptster Pompey…”-Jeremy Gerard 7/1/2011 Bloomberg News


“Pompey (A crowd-pleasing Carson Elrod), a clownish pimp, …steals the show.”- Fern Siegel The Huffington Post 7/1/2011


“Carson Elrod, as the pimp Pompey, is especially adept at making the Bard’s comic scenes amusing when for modern audiences they aren’t necessarily laugh-inducing…The reliable Elrod shines again (in All’s Well) as a supposed interpreter translating the captor’s calculated gibberish into heavily accented English.”- David Finkle The Huffington Post 7/1/2011


“Elrod gives one of the best performances in the play as he creates an entertaining and complex character out of Pompey, who could have easily been reduced to just comic relief.”-Abby Caneda 7/8/2011


“…and Carson Elrod as the hilarious ‘Interpreter’ in the scene in which Parolles is exposed…”-Lynn Marie Macy 6/29/2011



In The Wake By Lisa Kron

Directed by Leigh Silverman


“The talented cast is engaging, with standouts including Elrod, whose humor and nice-guy ethos make us feel for Danny…” LA WEEKLY 4/1/2010-Mayank



“Elrod brings spry comic relief as the spirited wannabe husband.” BACK STAGE WEST

Les Spindle 3/29/2010


“Elrod, it should be noted, leaves an appealing impression, and the ensemble’s rapport is one of the production’s main pleasures.”- LA TIMES  Charles McNulty 3/29/2010


“Elrod's Danny is…endearing; he makes putting up with Ellen almost believable.” CULUTER VULTURE Caren Weinstein


“Especially excellent is Carson Elrod…”-


“…the very funny Carson Elrod…”-





How The Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by John Tillinger

“Mr. Elrod invests William with more convincing awkward quirks than anyone I have seen since Alan Cumming in his days of playing movie nerds.”- Anita Gates The New York Times 8/07/2009

“Elrod has only to show his mug to tickle the audience's funny bones, but he also puts the rest of his slim physique to comic effect. (His slouch alone is a thing of great humor.) Indeed, why not have this bunch of actors do every one of Ayckbourn's plays and keep the crowds laughing ad infinitum?”- David Finkle, 8/04/2009

Carson Elrod is…“Hilarious”- The Hartford Courant





A FLEA IN HER EAR by Georges Feydeau

Directed by John Rando


"...a stunning performance by Carson Elrod...stand-out Elrod brings an endless inventiveness as the proper-seeming nephew Camille who has a linguistic quirk: the inability to pronounce consonants. Elrod turns what could be tedious into a triumph."- Frank Rizzo. VARIETY Monday August 4, 2008


"As Victor's palate-challenged nephew, Camille, there is the brilliant Carson Elrod. He takes the art of consonant-free speech to new heights. He also has the most limber body on this stage, contorting face, limbs and torso into the most outrageous shapes imaginable as he struggles to protect his image."-  J. Peter Bergman. The Advocate (Berkshires News, Arts, & Events) August 6, 2008


"Carson Elrod not only managed brilliantly the ongoing routine of Camille’s speech defect, the verbal pendant of his uncle’s sexual defect, but aroused sympathy and laughter in other ways..." –Michael Miller. The Berkshire Review For The Arts. August 3, 2008


"Mention must also be made of Carson Elrod, who has the unenviable task of playing Camille Chandebise, a character who can't produce consonants. Every laugh Elrod received on Thursday was deserved."-  Michael Eck. The Times Union August 2, 2008


Carson Elrod has... "quicksilver comic instincts..."-Louise Kennedy. Boston Globe August 5, 2008


"One character, Camille, outstandingly played by Carson Elrod, has a speech impediment which doesn’t allow him to pronounce consonants. The resulting gibberish and Elrod’s accompanying frustration as he tries to make the character understood make for much of the comedy."- Carol King. The Daily Gazette August 5, 2008


"Would someone please cast Messrs. Harelik, Pittu, and Elrod in something in Boston as soon as possible? (It doesn't really matter what.)"-The Hub Review August 14th, 2008


Carson Elrod is "peerless".- Metroland August 2008


"My goodness, what a cast. It is challenging to single out individual players from such a superb ensemble. Carson Elrod, was just remarkable at Camille, the nephew, with a speech impediment. How amazingly he garbled his lines with great comic impact."- Charles Guiliano. Berkshire Fine Arts/Maverick Arts Magazine. August 3, 2008


"Several performers are top notch, led by Carson Elrod’s verbally challenged Camille, who can’t pronounce consonants. Elrod’s verbal control is great and his slapstick efforts are equally impressive."- Jonathan Levine.  The Pittsfield Gazette August 8, 2008


"...Elrod, who does infinitely more than expected with a character whose major characteristic is his inability to pronounce consonants..."-Brian Scott Lipton August 1, 2008


Theatre For A New Audience/American Repertory Theatre/Berkley Repertory Theatre

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Playing: Narrator/Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger

Directed by Neil Bartlett


Carson Elrod’s Dodger is… “The best I’ve ever seen him.”- Jeremy McCarter. New York Magazine. April 6, 2007


Oliver Twist features… “Carson Elrod’s angular, hilarious Dodger…”

-Helen Shaw. Time Out New York. April 5-11, 2007


“Mr. Elrod careens hypnotically between his roles as the wily Dodger and the story's compassionate (and American-accented) narrator; an early sequence in which he recounts Oliver's exhausting seven-day escape to London while simultaneously assisting the boy is as fine a conflation of story-theater stagecraft and honest emotion as you'll see.”-Eric Grode. The New York Sun. April 5, 2007


“Carson Elrod brings a slippery physicality to the entranced narrator and loner resilience to the Artful Dodger.”- Frank Rizzo. Variety. February 26, 2007


“The fusion of the theatrical and the literary is particularly powerful in Elrod's portrayal of the Dodger, who often doubles up as the show's narrator. When Elrod describes Oliver's escape from the dastardly Sowerberry family and his exhausting 70-mile walk to London, the actor transforms himself from third-person storyteller into the character of the Dodger so slickly and bombastically that the words themselves seem to be wearing scuffed boots and pick-pocketing the viewer. Elrod changes his clothes from the narrator's plain garb to the Dodger's dandylike costume. His voice adopts a snarling cockney accent. His body develops an artful lope.”- Chloe Veltman. The San Francisco Weekly. June 6, 2007


“The excellent Carson Elrod plays both the puritanical-looking narrator John Dawkins and an agile, rubbery Artful Dodger.”- Jo Ann Rosen. March 31, 2007.



“Without a doubt, the Artful Dodger is a favorite character in many, if not all, adaptations of "Oliver Twist." Bartlett's production takes this further, allowing Carson Elrod, who magnificently takes on the role of the rogue, to be an amiable narrator as well as a cool bad guy, complete with gelled hair and leather coat - the Danny Zuko of his time. Elrod is, ultimately, the director of the show-within-the-show, and his portrayal of Bartlett's character is both entertaining and exciting to watch.”- Rachel Coffin. The Tufts Daily. March 1, 2007


“Perhaps the most impressive part of Oliver Twist is the fluidity with which the actors move in and out of their characters. Most remarkable is the performance of Carson Elrod as a narrator and the Artful Dodger, who switches between accents, mannerisms, and costumes with seamless ease…. The rest of the cast follows Elrod's lead…”-Katie Schick. February 23, 2007


The Artful Dodger is “played spot-on by Elrod…Elrod shines amidst the grimy-set as both narrator and (in a sexy and sly change of costume, voice, and posture) The Artful Dodger.  His youthful charm is contagious and big-brotherly attention to each second of the piece is praiseworthy – the criminal activity is not!”- Eugene Lovendusky May 21, 2007


“Carson Elrod (Reckless and Noises Off on Broadway) is charismatic as the Artful Dodger and the narrator. He gives a slick performance as the Dodger. His comic movements are marvelous as he glides about the stage.”-Richard Connema. Talkin’


“Carson Elrod is by turns sympathetic and roguish in his versions of the narrator John Dawkins and the young thief The Artful Dodger.”

-Gregory Wilson Curtain Up Review March 31, 2007


“Carson Elrod deftly segues from the role of narrator to that of Artful Dodger; one quick muss of the hair into a rakish quiff and the wise observer becomes the crafty Cockney charmer.”-Sandy McDonald Feb. 22, 2007


“Carson Elrod moves fluidly between his dual roles as the story’s wry narrator and the Artful Dodger.”- Ginia Belafonte, The New York Times. April 6, 2007


Carson Elrod plays the Artful Dodger with glee and is also the narrator. He bounces around the stage like he’s on springs. Elrod has lots of spark and energy going on – not to mention the tons of tricks stored in his Top Hat.-Lee Hartgrave, BeyondChron, the Alternative San Francisco Daily. May 25th, 2007


Manhattan Theatre Club 

Based On A Totally True Story by Roberto Aguarre Sacasa

Directed by Michael Bush




“In its favor, "True Story" is warm-spirited, peppy and engagingly acted, with Mr. Elrod and… giving ingratiating performances.”

-Charles Isherwood The New York Times April 12, 2006


“This semiautobiographical navel gazing might've come off as a two-hour therapy session on a pretty set, were it not for the sharp writing and Elrod's charming, manic turn as Aguirre-Sacasa's alter-ego.”

-Paul Katz Entertainment Weekly April 11, 2006


“Based on a Totally True Story wouldn't work half as well without the efforts of its flawless ensemble cast, led by Elrod in what should be considered a breakout performance. He is alternately hilarious, adorable, and maddening as the often self-destructive Ethan, effortlessly charting the character's transition from an overeager, puppyish kid to a more mature, sadder-but-wiser adult.”

-Brian Scott Lipton for April 11, 2006


 “Carson Elrod does an admirable job of making Ethan appealing, no easy task…”

-Katharine Crichtlow


“Carson Elrod embodies Ethan's quick wit and childlike enthusiasm as well as his yearning to achieve grownup success.”

-David Sheward


“Elrod makes the main character more appealing than he's written.”

-Frank Sheck The New York Post


“As Ethan makes one wrong, self-destructive decision after another, theatergoers may even wonder if Aguirre-Sacasa is painting an overly critical portrait of his hero, even as they find themselves bewitched by Carson Elrod's endearingly over-caffeinated, neurotically driven performance.”

-Andy Probst


Manhattan Theatre Club

Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn

Playing Marmion/Robot Boy/Technician

Directed by John Tillinger


"The evening is also notable for introducing a young actor named Carson Elrod, who plays an assortment of roles and clearly possesses his own original comic potential."

-Ben Brantley. The New York Times November 17, 2000


Manhattan Theatre Club

House/Garden by Alan Ayckbourn

Playing Jake Mace

Directed by John Tillinger


"Also of note are Carson Elrod as Jake Mace, and Michael Countryman as Giles, his father; affecting the same rhythmic stammer, the two actors reflect how mannerisms are passed through generations: but with Jake so aware of his father's fecklessness, Mr. Elrod and Mr. Countryman also seem to have worked in Darwinian evolution as well."

- Bruce Weber for The New York Times Wednesday, May 22, 2002


"Bryce Dallas Howard goes through a range of funny behaviors as Teddy's pretentious daughter, and Carson Elrod is enormously sympathetic as her overly earnest suitor."

 - Howard Kissel New York Daily News May 22, 2002


"Carson Elrod, as the soulful and persistent Jake, is immensely satisfying."

- David Finkle May 22, 2002


 "The lanky, solicitous Carson Elrod is utterly endearing as Joanna's son, Jake."

-Elysa Gardner USA Today May 23, 2002



Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Directed by Jeremy Sams


“She (Jane Curtin) and a new cast -- especially Carson Elrod, Leigh Lawson, Paul Fitzgerald, and Kali Rocha -- are performing the piece for all its laff-a-minute worth.”



Baltimore Center Stage

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring

Playing Dr. Herman Einstein

Directed by Irene Lewis


“Carson Elrod, as Dr. Einstein, plastic surgeon to the deranged, plays his role fully committed to the quirky.  His nervous ticks, fearful shuddering and bizarre physicality wrapped up in a thick (and fully understandable) German accent make an almost impossibly interesting character.  His final exit is one I will never forget.”-James Howard. September 20, 2007


“As Dr. Einstein, Elrod gives a well-rounded performance as a sleazy, self-satisfied, alcoholic, incompetent Austrian facial surgeon. Along with his bizarre accent, Elrod’s loose-limbed physical act helps transform this drawing-room comedy into a vaudeville romp…” He is a… “reptillian-slippery character.”-John Barry. Baltimore City Paper. 9/26/07


Westport Country Playhouse

The Drawer Boy by Michael Healy

Playing Miles

Directed by John Tillinger


Michael Countryman as Angus, John Bedford Lloyd as Morgan, and Carson Elrod as Miles navigate the gentle yet powerful plot twists and emotional shifts of “The Drawer Boy” with humor, understatement, and graceful ease.Carson Elrod as Miles is a bubbly and endearing hoot. He gives us all the exaggerated foibles of an eager and inexperienced actor without turning him into a stereotype, then later reveals genuine interest in and compassion for his research subjects once his enthusiasm for learning the truth sparks bittersweet consequences.” July 10, 2006


Elrod (Yale Repertory Theatre's production of "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow") demonstrates his natural comic gifts, this time with immense heart and charm.

-Frank Rizzo July 10, 2006


“Mr. Countryman, Mr. Elrod and Mr. Lloyd give fine, tender performances”

-Anita Gates The New York Times July 2, 2006


“The three cast members play their roles so convincingly that audience members might begin to think they are simply expecting too much of a simple slice-of-life play…Carson Elrod as Miles, the city kid/wannabe actor, is comically charming.”

-Joanne Greco Rochman The Milford Mirror July 2006


Yale Repertory Theatre

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

directed by Bill Rauch


“Carson Elrod, as “the clerk who has squeaky boots”…does some genuine comedy.”

-Anita Gates. The New York Times Sunday October 23rd, 2005


Yale Repertory Theatre

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow by Rolin Jones

Directed by Jackson Gay


“Carson Elrod and Remy Auberjonois give extraordinary comic performances…”

-Frank Rizzo Variety November 1, 2004


“Elrod’s irresistibly charming and childlike Todd nearly steals the show.”-E. Kyle Minor for The New Haven Register October, 29, 2004


Carson Elrod, as Todd, exquisitely conveys the hapless boyfriend, whom to know is to despair. Both of these men jump onto one’s best actor ever list.”

-Tom Nissley, Ridgelea Reports on Theatre October 29, 2004


“Todd, a part in which Carson Elrod is sweetly and thoroughly convincing..”

-Rosalind Friendman Theatre Circuit WMNR 88.1 Fine Arts Public Radio


Baltimore Center Stage

Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw

Playing Julius “Gunner” Baker

Directed By Irene Lewis


“Threatening to hijack the who shebang is Elrod’s pathetic Julius Baker (Carson Elrod), an office cashier who for obscure reasons sneaks into the house to shoot Tarleton and wilts uproariously in the torrent of words (and a tumbler of gin) he encounters. The poker-faced Elrod delivers a marvelous and physical performance, the sort that marks an actor with comedy in his DNA.”

-Peter Marks. The Washington Post October 10, 2003


“But the two best performances come in supporting roles. As Gunner, the deranged clerk who has broken into the house to assassinate Tarleton, Carson Elrod doesn’t utter his first line until well into the second act, but he nonetheless steals the show. The blank-faced, rubber limbed Elrod physically resembles Stan Laurel, while his ranting and raving sound like Oliver Hardy. As he vacillates between bold threats and cringing despair, he provides the show’s funniest moments.”

-Geoffrey Himes The Baltimore City Paper. October 15, 2003


Sedona Shakespeare Festival. Sedona, Arizona.

Romeo and Juliet

Twelfth Night (or what you will)

By William Shakespeare


Directed by Patrick Page


“The first time I saw Kevin Spacey onstage, it was The Iceman Cometh and he was in his 40s. But I know what he must have been like as a young actor. Very much like Carson Elrod.

Elrod is the undisputed star of Shakespeare Sedona’s third season, though he is leading player in neither Romeo and Juliet or Twelfth Night.

Rather, he essays the supporting roles of Mercutio in R&J and the fool Feste in Twelfth Night. Remarkable performances, the pair of them, the kind you seldom encounter in summer theater, or for that matter, in any kind of theater.

Elrod boasts Spacey’s smile with its vague promise of trouble, the banty-rooster swagger, the smoldering look from beneath thick lashes. But acting is more than a display of physical traits. Elrod’s grasp of language is a joy to the ears; the densest Shakespearean passages become lucid, the poetry makes sense.

OK, I gush. But they guy’s good!”

-Kyle Lawson The Arizona Republic July 23, 2000


Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The Comedy Of Errors

By William Shakespeare

Playing Dromio of Syracuse

Directed by John Dennis


 “The rest depends on command performance casting, and the king of this comedy is Carson Elrod in the role of Dromio of Syracuse, a servant and twin. Elrod delivers show stopping physical gags, an incomprehensibly expressive face, and a breathless, athletic performance style that is nearly better suited to ESPN than to The Comedy Channel.”

-Owen Perkins The Boulder Weekly July 1, 1999


Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare

Playing Pistol


“The standout from this cast remains Carson Elrod, who in the role of Pistol and a later appearance as a Chinese laundryman has the evening's comic highlights firmly in his grasp. His diminished stage presence as the play progresses may account for the waning humor in the production, conversely proportional to the increasing restlessness of the audience, who after nearly two hours of the first act begin to doubt if there will ever be an intermission.”

- Owen Perkins. The Boulder Weekly. July 1999