Talkin' Broadway Review: ATC's My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend
"With a passionate performance by Bertels and an important message about how we should cherish the time we have with family and friends, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend at Arizona Theatre Company proves to be funny and fun and also a deeply moving and universal story about the power of friendships and the importance of connections between human beings."
Curtain Up Phoenix: ATC’S “My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend" is a touching look at an unusual relationship
"A delicate, touching, and revealing look at an unusual but amazingly sincere relationship between 80-year-old Milton and a much younger woman is explored eloquently by performer/author Charissa Bertels in her one-woman tribute to her inspiring relationship. Bertels plays both roles with superb definition as she holds the stage dynamically for the almost two-hour play. That is no easy task in a one-person, multi-character script."
BWW Review: ATC Returns With Triumphant New Musical
"If the title conjures a trope of rich old men flaunting younger trophy brides, you're not alone. That said, the content proves otherwise; it's a fundamental conceit to draw attention to an oft-deferred matter of ageism, that underrated anathema of social ills. Charissa Bertels, the consummate talent who conceived and stars in the show, is primed to give us a tutorial, from first-hand experience, on how to navigate the age terrain. At the heart of the lesson, we're made to acknowledge a powerful friendship that defies every societal norm. I wasn't sure I'd buy the premise, but the story of 80 Year-Old Milton got to me."
Arizona Daily Star: ATC launches season with irresistible 'My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend'
"The pandemic made it feel like maybe we could survive without live theater. “My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend,” ATC’s season opener, proves that we can’t. And it’s all about what we’ve been hungry for: connection.
The play-with-music was conceived by and stars the immensely talented Charissa Bertels...“Boyfriend” is very funny, very relatable. You are pulled in by Christian Duhamel’s book and lyrics and Edward Bell’s music; they illuminate the story and, at times, move you to tears. But what makes this play so compelling is Bertels. She knows how to tell a story while she wraps her arms around you and draws you in."
Human Race Theatre Company Announces New Season Including My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend in 2021
The 34th season kicks off early this year, in August, with the mysterious comic-drama, Now And Then by Sean Grennan. Then in October, they’ll rock the Loft Theatre with Airness, a new play by Chelsea Marcantel that follows whacky participants in the Air Guitar World Championship. The winter brings us the thoughtful and timely drama of a family dealing with a transgender child, Everything That’s Beautiful by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. Spring blooms with laughter as the O’Shea family must confront the Incident At Our Lady Of Perpetual Help by Katie Forgette. And closing the season June 10 – 27 is a new musical, co-written by a WSU grad and Human Race alum, Christian Duhamel, and composer Edward Bell – the title says it all – My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend.
My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend will play Arizona Theatre Company this fall
Arizona Theatre Company has announced their 2020/2021 season and My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend is honored to be the opener! The production will run September 5-October 18 ATC's theaters in Phoenix and Tucson.
IRNE Award for Best Solo Performance
Charissa Bertels received the IRNE award for Best Solo Performance for her performance in My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend at the organization's awards ceremony in Boston on April 23. Congratulations to Charissa and the other winners from Merrimack Repertory Theatre!
Christian Duhamel Wins the 2018 Kleban Award for Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettist
Christian Duhamel received the prestigious 2018 Kleban Award for Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettist for his work on My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend. Charissa was honored to perform a piece from the show at the awards ceremony held on February 5. Congratulations, Christian!
EVERETT INDEPENDENT: Bertels beams in her one-woman show, ‘My 80-year-old Boyfriend’
"She makes us smile, laugh and exult with her, sharing the power of love and caring in our lives."
"Bertels can belt out big tunes, her lovely voice booming to the rafters."
LOWELL SUN: MRT's latest offering amusing, perceptive
"Bertels is a gifted singer...The number she performs when she first sees Milton's apartment, "What A View," is the standout track. Milton is showing Charissa a side of New York City she has never seen. It's a thrilling moment, for her and the audience.”
BWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack Rep
"As herself and as Milton, Bertels is a delightful, engaging performer. When "they" sing and dance together ("Together With You"), it is practically worth the price of admission."
"The longing and regret expressed in the poignant "The Love Left Behind" will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost."
"In a nutshell, it is a very enjoyable ninety minutes of theater that doesn't make you think as much as it makes you feel, and it feels good."
The Nashua Telegraph: Theater Review - Bertels shines in ‘My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend’ at MRT
"This is a master class in how to put on a show worth seeing. There is surely no one who wouldn’t enjoy this absolutely lovely story of a beautiful friendship, presented with humor, love and Broadway-level entertainment."