But this past week, my second trip to the festival this year turned out to be a bit of a Buliung-fest. I had tickets to three shows and just so happened to be scheduled to see The Little Years and The Grapes of Wrath back-to-back.
|photo by Cylla von Tiedemann|
In The Little Years, a largely female-driven piece, Buliung plays the only major male role- that of Roger, a morally ambiguous smooth-talking artist. Buliung makes the potentially off-putting character just charming enough to not undermine the female characters who are attracted to him while never surrendering that darker side to stock lover territory. It’s an easily overlooked but excellently solid performance.
But Buliung’s true star turn this season is in The Grapes of Wrath where he plays the central role of Tom Joad.
|photo by David Hou|
He’s not flashy or dramatic, uproariously funny or groundbreaking, but what Buliung does well is create nuanced, palpable characters who seem as real as the actor you can see off-duty picking up a latte at Balzacs. Unfailingly castable and reliable for a strong performance, Evan Buliung is the sort of actor that every company wishes they could depend on.