On Friday, November 15, Doherty opened The Nerd at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre as the titular Rick Steadman. The production was directed by JC Clementz. Doherty was thrilled to perform the play where it was first performed in 1981.
"Doherty makes Steadman a perfect blend of obnoxious and funny, with an occasional poignant moment, too... [H]is line readings are excellent, too, and sometimes so subtle... Doherty can now say he's joined the select club of actors who triumphed in this role." -Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Doherty tackles this grating character with ease." -Kelsey Lawler, Broadway World Milwaukee
"Doherty makes Steadman a believable and, at times, sympathetic character given how out of touch and out of step he is with the world around him..."-Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express
"Doherty... makes every part of his body a time bomb of humor. From guttural noises to contortions to constant 'in your face' leering, Doherty finds hysterical ways to be obnoxious."-Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee
On November 11, 2019, Doherty married his Nerd co-star, Alex Keiper- fiancé of two years, girlfriend of five years, and friend and colleague for nearly thirteen. The two tied the know in front of friends and family the day before their first preview performance of The Nerd, in what will undoubtably be one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.
The couple got ready at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in the morning before heading to the ceremony at the gorgeous Jan Serr Studio. The two will go on their honeymoon in Costa Rica as soon as the production closes. Doherty wonders daily how he got so darn lucky.
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On October 12, 2019, Doherty closed a critically acclaimed run of Every Brilliant Thing at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a life-affirming one-person show, directed by Vincent J. Cardinal.
Days later, four actors, two stage managers, and two tour managers embarked on a five month journey in an attempt to bring the show to every public high school in the state of Utah. This marked Doherty's directorial debut.
Praise for Doherty in Every Brilliant Thing
"Doherty’s energetic performance riveted those in attendance, as the narrative swung swiftly and seamlessly from hilarity to tragedy." -Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune
"Doherty’s ease on stage and his ability to set the audience at ease cannot be overstated. His emotions feel genuine. His skill in playing to each side of the room is remarkable. He is one with the character in a way that seems to blur the lines between reality and fiction. At times it feels like he, the actor, is telling his real life story rather than playing a role. That kind of authenticity only comes from someone with remarkable talent."-Lisa Larson, Utah Theatre Bloggers Association
"Doherty does an amazing job interacting with and playing off the audience... [He] is inexhaustible in his role. He embodies both the giddiness of a seven-year-old and the angst of a confused teenager... He brings physicality and humor to the role, and throws in some rocking keyboard and vocal skills as well." -Matt Adams, Front Row Reviewers
On June 2, 2019 Doherty closed the world premiere of Chelsea Marcantel's Tiny Houses with Cleveland Play House and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as Ollie, a lovable South African immigrant living in northern Oregon who sells haunted dolls on EBay. Laura Kepley directed.
Praise for Doherty in Tiny Houses:
"Michael Doherty delights as Ollie, the free spirit fascinated with haunted dolls. Though we know little about how he wound up in a huge house in Oregon, or why he is entranced with the eerie figurines, Michael Doherty creates a character that is creatively etched." -Roy Berko, Broadway World Cleveland
"...He truly believes in his poltergeist-friendly product, as he explains in a goofily sincere monologue that was so strangely compelling, I had to Google 'haunted dolls' to see if it was a real thing." -Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer
"Michael Doherty, with a wonderful accent... is a bundle of perpetual motion and does his best to keep everyone pleasant."
- Mark Horning, Talkin' Broadway
"Doherty brings an unlikely quirkiness to the backwoods setting." -David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer
Praise for Doherty in The Nerd
A Sketch Comedy Pilot Presentation
Written by and Starring
Alex Bechtel, Michael Doherty, and Greg Nix
Jonathan Silver and Greg Nix
WINNER - Best Writing, Independent TV Festival - 2013
THE AMAZING RONDINI
(Short) A frustrated magician makes a deal with the devil.
Starring Michael Doherty
Directed by Jared Hirsch
Written by Peter Moller & Jared Hirsch
Produced by Jon Gewirtzman, James Harvey & Shelby Ferguson
(Short) Two Detectives arrive one dark and stormy night to ask Miss Barton a few questions.
Starring Michael Doherty, Lauren LaVera, and Charlie McElveen
Written and Directed by
Jared Hirsch and Nelson Vicens
Produced by Peter Moller, Douglas Volk, Christine Volk, and Natassia Kuronen
Photo Credit: Roger Mastrionni
Photo Credit: Karl Hugh
Bristol Riverside Theatre Pictured: Danny Rutigliano (left), Fred Inkley (center)
Connecticut Repertory Theater Pictured: Jen Cody (right) Photo by Gerry Goodstein
Utah Shakespeare Festival Pictured: Brendan Marshall-Rashid (left), Tasso Feldman (right) Photo by Karl Hugh
Utah Shakespeare Festival Photo by Karl Hugh