Evans, Everett. “Revival Proves Sixties Legacy Lives.” Review of Kennedy’s Children by Robert Patrick. Chronicle (Houston), February 5, 1992. In this review of a revival of Kennedy’s Children at the Grassroots Theater Project, Evans finds in the play “interwoven monologues by five characters who exist in the same environment but never speak directly to one another.” Evans considers, however, that the play still “asks some valid questions about mixed-up American values.”
Evett, Marianne. “Playwright Robert Patrick Champions Artistic Integrity of Off-Off Broadway Theater.” Plain Dealer (Cleveland), May 19, 1989. A good, long interview article occasioned by Patrick’s classroom visits, playwriting workshops, and staged readings in Cleveland. Includes a discussion of Judas, which was performed at Case Western Reserve University in 1985. “Write what excites you,” Patrick advises his workshop participants. He also expresses his firm belief in theater and states that “it’s our only real hope of spreading any idea not already accepted.” He also discusses acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Kirkpatrick, Melanie. “Fierstein’s Gays.” Review of The Haunted Host by Robert Patrick. The Wall Street Journal, May 7, 1991, p. A16. The Haunted Host, a two-person play originally performed in 1964, was staged at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (ETC), with raging comic Harvey Fierstein and Jason Workman. It was performed with a new play, Pouf Positive, a forty-minute monologue by Fierstein.
Marranca, Bonnie, and Gautam Dasgupta. American Playwrights: A Critical Survey. 2 vols. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1981. Contains a chapter on “playwright-actor-director-general factotum” Patrick, whose presence in the early days of Off-Off-Broadway are chronicled here, more in the analytical than the informational mode. Good recaps of the small, often one-person plays, such as Cornered, Camera Obscura, and Help, I Am. Kennedy’s Children, itself a fragmented play, is Patrick’s only full-length play to gain any substantial popularity.
Weeks, Jerome. “An Amusing but Superficial Look at Gay Life.” Morning News (Dallas), September 10, 1991. Patrick’s Untold Decades is compared to August Wilson’s “ongoing attempt to write a drama for each decade of the black American experience.” Two plays from the homosexual cycle, together dubbed “Homosexual Acts,” played in Dallas to mixed reviews. The plays illustrate the tendency of homosexuals to work “their way into positions of power; and they use it for their protective advantage,” Weeks says.