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NEW YORK TIMES, 2016 – “Critics Pick” 

Yet “Blacktop Highway” is at its intoxicating best when it’s simplest, depending on little more than Mr. Fleck’s rapid-fire ingenuity as a live performer. In the room with him, our imaginations can fill in the blanks.” (Full Review)

BROADWAY WORLD, 2016

It’s chaos, but controlled chaos, kept together (just barely) by Fleck’s consummate talent and perhaps, counterintuitively, his discipline. Most surprising, given its depiction of characters who surely belong in a damaged people Hall of Fame, is how funny BLACKTOP HIGHWAY is even in its darkest, goriest stretches.”  (Full Review)

THE REVIEW HUB, 2016

Fleck‘s brilliance as a performance artist shines in Blacktop Highway, largely due to the aesthetic between complex performance theory and high camp. The audience is complicit in the story, and the lens of critique is turned on the viewer as much as the performer. Through the laughter, the intrigue, and the eeriness, the sense of community and collaboration rings through. The experience is a communal one, and the audience bonds through the grotesque humor onstage. Though based on horror concepts, Blacktop Highway delivers more thrills than chills.”  (Full review)

THEATER GUIDE, 2016

Horror fans know content, not budget, creates the chills.  “Blacktop Highway” does exactly that grinning all the way.” (Full Review)

THE EASY, 2016

“Murder, incest, and Freud—oh my! John Fleck’s engaging and mind-bending solo horror tale will shock you in all the best ways.”  (Full review)

BROADWAY BOX, 2016

“Groundbreaking artist John Fleck made history in 1990 as one of “The NEA Four”, and now the award winner is back in NYC performing 10 characters in a new show inspired by classic horror cinema and Freud’s theories of mind and ego. Buckle up because Feck is serving you a darkly hilarious view of sex, greed and religion.”   (Full review)

THEATER PIZZAZZ, 2016

“Conscious of his tone and tempo in Blacktop Highway, he is precise and unstoppable.”…“On this long road of theater making, John Fleck flexes his technical expertise to maintain his position among artists.”  (Full review)

REDCAT Los Angeles – October 2015

LA TIMES, 2015

“L.A.-based performance artist John Fleck, one of the “NEA Four” infamously denied funding on morality grounds, has scared his share of conservatives over the years with his outlandish sexual frankness.”…. But in “Blacktop Highway,” he manages to spook audiences in more traditional ways. Think lightning and thunder, a stranded traveler, the hooting of an owl and a creepy old house with a shingle advertising the services of a taxidermist.”  (Full review)

LA Weekly

http://www.laweekly.com/event/john-fleck-blacktop-highway-6149383

“The performance, which premiered at REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival, makes use of Fleck’s unique vocal style to completely immerse viewers in his wacky world. Expect explorations of taxidermy, cinema and the id, ego and superego — all from one guy on a small stage. One-man shows have gotten a bad rap, but L.A.-based Fleck is a master of the form.”

Stage Raw RECOMMENDED

http://stageraw.com/2015/11/01/blacktop-highway/

“Fleck assumes all the roles — via some dexterous and wryly imaginative wig work — in an increasingly lurid and intricately woven narrative pastiche of horror exploitation films.

ArtsMeme 

“Damn, that was good.”

http://artsmeme.com/2014/08/11/pithy-pairing-new-original-work-redcat/

“Fleck’s one-man tour-de-force enactment of a wooly American family (birth, making fried chicken, Bad Dad, the works) romps in the underbelly of the American dream hearkening  movies by David Lynch, John Waters. “Blacktop” recounts a road trip in which an innocent visitor drops in the wacky world of incestuous siblings. The story is all conveyed, via monologue, in something like breakneck speed by Fleck, who is an acknowledged master of this genre of performance art. He’s beyond at home in his material, he exists in it, as he swaps between wigs, squeeky character voices and animal grunts, groans, yips and moans.”

SoCal Horror

https://socalhorror.com/events/john-flecks-blacktop-highway-oct-22nd-25th/

VILLAGE VOICE, 2012

“There are gale-force winds with less vigor than John Fleck displays in his dynamic, discursive solo show Mad Women.”
(Full review)

NY TIMES, 2012

“Mr. Fleck’s irrepressible energy and engaging presence make yet another trip over the rainbow an agreeable expedition.”
(Full review)

LA TIMES, 2011

“John Fleck is rehearsing in a tiny Los Feliz theater, and he’s utterly naked.”
(Full article)

HUFFINGTON POST, 2011

“When Socrates counseled “know thyself,” John Fleck not only listened and obeyed, he took this intelligence to the stage”
(Full review)

LA WEEKLY, 2011

“Fleck says he doesn’t take the idea of “autobiography” too seriously. “So much of our history isn’t real. I tend to fictionalize, fantasize, and I mistake it for reality.”
(Full article)

LA WEEKLY, 2011

“Known for his mastery of the intimate, character-driven performance, John Fleck does not disappoint in this offbeat, yet strangely heartfelt solo show.”
(Full review)

BACKSTAGE WEST, 2011

“Great moments on the stage tend to sear themselves in our memory banks: visions of Nureyev in midleap or Zoe Caldwell exposing her breasts for Cleopatra’s death scene. Leave it to notorious NEA Four survivor John Fleck to add another indelible image”
(Full review)

Miscellaneous interviews

LA TIMES, 2014

“A couple of years ago, actor and performance artist John Fleck was at the opening of his first gallery exhibition atCoagula Curatorial in Los Angeles”
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CULTURE BOT MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE 2013

“John Fleck just Re-Performed himself. That sounds as if he just gave himself a BJ (which he didn’t, for the record, I swear, stop defunding him already, NEA!) but he did do something thought of as equally impossible and intimate. He Re-Performed himself.”
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HYPERALLERGIC

Sensitive to Art & it’s Discontent 2013

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of Hyperallergic interviews with the NEA Four by Alexis Clements. The previous interviewees were Holly Hughes and Karen Finley.
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The Original VAN GOGH EAR ANTHOLOGY 2013

“John Fleck is an actor and performance artist who has appeared in some of television’s most iconic shows”
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