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Patrick Rybarczyk

Patrick Rybarczyk

Patrick Rybarczyk is a Jeff and After Dark Award-winning Chicago based actor. Patrick has worked both on stage and administratively for nearly 25 years with several of Chicago’s leading theatre companies. A native of Ohio, Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Dayton, and a master's degree in digital media and storytelling from Loyola University Chicago.



BWW Review: THE SPIN at Interrobang Theatre Project PhotoBWW Review: THE SPIN at Interrobang Theatre Project
Posted: Nov. 1, 2020

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Posted: Jun. 24, 2021

BWW Review: DINGLEBERRIES at Interrobang Theatre Project
June 24, 2021

There's a lot of vulnerability that comes with creating art. In the theatre, it can be said that it's the playwright who is the most vulnerable player. It is their words, their ideas, and their voice that are the heart of a production. When entrusting a creative team to bring their work to life, the hope is that they will do it justice. But that's not always the case. In Interrobang Theatre Project's DINGLEBERRIES, playwright Jonie James (Laura Berner Taylor) learns that lesson the hard way.

BWW Review: THE SPIN at Interrobang Theatre Project
November 1, 2020

BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Raven Theatre
February 11, 2020

Classic plays provide us a snapshot of the time period in which they were written. They can show us how far we may or may not have progressed as a society. Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' is one such classic. Now in production at Raven Theatre, this new take offers up a sharp, refreshing look. Raven Artistic Director Cody Estle remarks in a program note that what is addressed in 'A Doll's House' 'remain issues in our own time.'

BWW Review: STOP KISS at The Buena At The Pride Arts Center
January 17, 2020

When you live in a big city with vibrant, diverse neighborhoods, you tend to forget that there are still people and places where residents living out and openly can be threatened or harmed. That very safe and sound bubble is burst in Diana Son's powerful 'Stop Kiss,' an intense and intriguing look at one couple's love and trauma in New York City's West Village in the 1990s.

BWW Review: LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS at Cadillac Palace Theatre
November 1, 2019

Finding a way to entertain and educate can be tricky. When an artist turns educator, there is a certain magic that happens when it's done with amazing skill and clear facts. The genius of John Leguizamo is that he finds a way to marry the two while amusing us, tugging at our heartstrings, and opening our eyes to the impact of the Latin community in American history.

BWW Review: ON CLOVER ROAD at American Blues Theater
February 8, 2019

Like a car in a drag race, Steven Dietz's theatrical thriller ON CLOVER ROAD goes from zero to 100 within the first few seconds and doesn't shift down for 85 minutes. The challenge of telling this tale full of twists in such a short time is where do we go once we're at 100? The intensity for the actors and the audience is equal parts thrilling and exhausting. When this car finally comes to a stop, it's hard to determine if there's actually a winner.

BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Oriental Theatre
December 7, 2018

If there's one thing the world needs more of right now it's laughter. Sometimes we just need a few hours to set our brains to the side to rest while watching a show filled with hysterics and hijinks. There's plenty of all of that in the slapstick-filled farce, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, running now at The Oriental Theatre.

BWW Review: THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? at Interrobang Theatre Project
September 14, 2018

BWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Circle Theatre
July 9, 2018

BWW Review: THE CAKE at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
April 23, 2018

The best desserts are made with delicious layers that include some surprising flavors. They make you want another piece and to know how they were made. That's how it is with Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE now running at Rivendell Theatre. Each scene of this wonderful work is filled with bites that are both bitter and sweet. And you definitely want more than just one slice.

BWW Review: SIX CORNERS at American Blues Theater
February 25, 2018

The Czyk In: Chicago Theatre Podcast featuring MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Porchlight Music Theatre
February 14, 2018

BWW Review: YOU GOT OLDER at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
February 10, 2018

When it rains it pours! This saying applies to our lives when things are either going for or against us. For Mae, the central character in Clare Barron's YOU GOT OLDER now in its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, life changes have poured on her. And these changes are certainly not for the better. Or are they?

BWW Review: THE HUMANS at Cadillac Palace Theatre
February 5, 2018

As I left the theatre on opening night of Stephen Karem's Tony Award-winning play, THE HUMANS, I heard a patron say, 'Wow, that reminded me of my own family holidays.'

BWW Review: WICKED at Oriental Theatre
December 11, 2017

It doesn't matter how many times you watch Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, fly to rafters at the end of Defying Gravity. You still get the chills during this classic moment in the musical, WICKED. It strikes a chord with you and has you cheering for 'the green girl.' You know, the villain from The Wizard of Oz.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Goodman Theatre
November 30, 2017

With its mixture of darkness and light, Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a long-standing holiday tradition that takes audiences on a journey of misery, revelation, and redemption. Now in its 40th year on stage at The Goodman Theatre, this tale stands the test of time, with some fresh updates that reveal room for even more.

November 24, 2017

Every year, a group of my friends and I go to The Music Box Theatre here in Chicago for our annual viewing of White Christmas. It's a perfect way to ring in the holidays with a mix of sentimentality and tradition.

BWW Review: Steppenwolf's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Examine Their Role in Society
February 15, 2017

As you walk into the theatre for Steppenwolf's production of Jean Lee's Straight White Men, you are offered ear plugs. Why? There is extremely loud music playing and it contains lyrics that could certainly be considered offensive to some. Starting off this way has likely, as we are told by two gender fluid actors, made 'some of you' uncomfortable. The idea is that we all live in varying levels of comfort in our society based on our race, sexual identity, or social status.

The Czyk In Podcast, Episode 12: Lane Anthony Flores And Rob Lindley of THE TEMPERAMENTALS at About Face Theatre
February 3, 2017

Patrick Rybarczyk, host of The Czyk In and Broadway World Chicago contributor, talks with Lane Anthony Flores and Rob Lindley both starring in About Face Theatre's production of Jon Marans' The Temperamentals. We discuss details about the Mattachine Society, the relevance of the show opening on inauguration weekend, and more about Chicago theatre.

BWW Review: Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA is an Emotional Lesson in Dealing with Loss
September 27, 2016

Plays that deal with a terminal illness are tough. The storytelling can be tricky as each audience member comes to it with varying degrees of personal impact. In Visiting Edna, currently making its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, cancer is an actual character who gives voice to its own experience. Mostly clever, this device (along with an actor playing a television and another an angel), provides an interesting point of view in this lengthy tale.