Marvin Payne is excellent both as the suave Cervantes and as the aging, idealistic Quixote. Payne captures perfectly both the nobility and the lunacy of the man who can see a castle in a lowly inn, a magic helmet in a shaving basin and a worthwhile soul in a serving wench. Payne also has a rich voice, and his renditions of songs such as "Man of La Mancha," "Dulcinea" and "The Impossible Dream" (which has to be one of the most stirring songs in all of theater) are powerful and moving. --Carma Wadley, Deseret Morning News

"King Lear" may well be the high water mark in the history of the Park City Shakespeare Festival. This play will test any acting company's mettle, and cast and crew came through with flying colors. Marvin Payne is absolutely believable as the Earl of Gloucester.
--Joseph Walker, Deseret News

"King Lear" a "heap of jewels." The two main characters, King Lear and Gloucester, are played quite impressively by Ivan Crosland and Marvin Payne. Payne's contribution is a strong current in the emotional flow of the play. --Thomas Newman, Daily Universe

Warbucks is great in the Sundance production of "Annie." Every inch one of the best Daddy Warbucks audiences will see, Payne is excellent. Tough, gentle, caring, believable. --Kaylene Nelsen, The Herald

"Planemaker" soars with wit and sensitivity. Payne has an unusual ability to communicate feelings, whether it be with his expressive eyes, his excellent timing in delivering lines, or his vocals. The script requires Payne to bounce back and forth between the roles, but bounce he does not. The transitions are more like the smooth, quiet meshing of gears. He is on the stage for nearly 90 minutes non-stop, and the audience's attention is riveted to this master storyteller. --Laurie Sowby, Deseret News

Sundance presents "The Fantasticks." As El Gallo, it is obviously Payne who owns the stage, whether he is singing or setting the scene with dialogue which flows like a satin stream. --Michael J. Barry, Daily Universe

Cast of two full of warmth in "Charlie's Monument." Payne's sensitivity, gentle sense of humor and sincerity make him a natural as the crippled Charlie. --Laurie Sowby, Deseret News

Guest vocalist Marvin Payne charmed Utah Valley Symphony patrons Wednesday evening with his music and humor. Selections from "West Side Story" were exceptionally moving as Marvin Payne took the microphone to sing. The climax and highlight of the evening came with Payne's "Memory" from "Cats." ... One of the finest Pops Concerts the orchestra has provided. --Renee C. Nelson, The Herald

Marvin Payne stars in Church's new production of a classic movie, "Man's Search For Happiness." A beautiful film. --Carla Brimhall, Church News

"Love Songs," closes Pageant of Arts Recital Series. Onstage, Payne's mood is thoughtful and honest, with lots of laughter and even a few tears. --Utah News Group

There are no facades with Marvin Payne. He is a down-to-earth, powerful performer, broadening his audience's sense of purpose and enjoyment. --Tradewinds

"Phantom" warm as a quilt, colorful as a rainbow. Don't miss it. And take tissues along. This one builds to a gut-wrenching ending that leaves you limp. Marvin Payne is outstanding in the title role,--a phantom with whom you can sympathize. --Olga Milius, Eagle Newspapers

"Phantom" delivers...touching and emotional...Marvin Payne is perfectly suited to the role of Eric, the masked Phantom. He is a victim, not a villain, and behind his disfigured face is a man capable of love and compassion. --Ivan Lincoln, Deseret News

There is a phantom in town not to be missed...a theatrical gem...Marvin Payne, who must convey the depth of his character without benefit of facial expressions...uses his tall slender body and his sizable voice to deliver a Phantom who is compassionate and complex. He infuses this loner with shyness and vulnerability...creating onstage an emotional connection audiences long for and seldom find.
--Nancy Melich, Salt Lake Tribune

There is little doubt that Marvin's "ship" is one that is steered by the rudder of Christ's truths and principles. -- Dale Van Atta, The New Era

You must see "J. Golden." Why? It stars Marvin Payne, who is, in one word, incredible. He expertly adopts the high-pitched voice of J. Golden, and is convincing from the moment he appears. --Thom Duncan, Playwrights Circle

This was an experienced, professional actor, evoking the J. Golden character with meticulous craftmanship, right down to the barely audible grunts as he lowered his rickety old body into a chair. With the combined synergy of James Arrigton's pen and Marvin Payne's acting, the spell was woven. Where the pen left off and the acting began was a seamless boundary impossible to detect. As the spell lulled my left brain critic to sleep, J. Golden Kimball sprang to life before my eyes. It was only a matter of sitting back and enjoying the experience from then on. -- Michael D. Martindale, published on the Association for Mormon Letters List

"Hancock County" is...an intelligent, thrilling, tightly-drawn courtroom drama/tragedy that unfolds into a meditation on America, violence, and forgiveness... The cast is excellent. Marvin Payne is the hard-drinking, rumored-to-be-corrupt prosecutor Josiah Lamborn. He brings a rawboned, hard-bitten worldliness to the role that eventually dissolves into a humble acceptance of truth and fate. --R. Rasband, published on the Association for Mormon Letters List

"JANE EYRE" FULL OF POWER, PASSION ...Marvin Payne as the blustery, tormented Rochester is perfectly cast. He's believable, bigger than life and surprised to find himself drawn to the plain but spirited Eyre. --Deseret News

The comedy conceit of "The Mystery of Irma Vep" is that five of the show's seven actors are unable to perform, leaving Marvin Payne and Chris Brower -- two venerable and very bearded actors -- to play all the parts. Men dressed as women are funny (especially if one of them is Marvin Payne). Brower and Payne play all the parts with great focus and energy, Payne coming across as steady and unflappable. (His high-falutin' Lady Enid is hysterical, as is the indecipherable Scottish accent he uses for Nicodemus.) Payne and Brower are good at what they do, and their combined charisma (even when it's distributed over seven characters) adds a lot to this family-friendly seasonal treat. --Eric D. Snider, Provo Daily Herald