Disney's Tarzan produced by Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
"Disney-style, this “Tarzan” has plenty of eye candy for the kids. For the whole family, there is a mostly veteran cast going all out to charm and impress — and succeeding."
Pool Play 2.0 by This Is Not a Theatre Company, New York, NY
"Chris Morriss brings adorable, wide-eyed sincerity to a young man grasping to understand the logic of “whites-only” swimming pools in Virginia. Later on, he is soulful and devastating as a tour guide of the future showing a simulation of a pool because environmental damage has made such water indulgence unsustainable."
Titus Andronicus at Sixthreefour by Cup-A-Joe Productions, Pittsburgh, PA
"Written by a young Shakespeare for his bear-baiting-loving 16th-century audiences, Titus Andronicus is short on logic but long in stagecraft and action, and most amenable to its latest iteration."
Heathers: The Musical at the Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, MI
Versailles 2015 at an undisclosed apartment in Manhattan, New York, NY
"It would be hard to play along if the actors were not so compelling. Erin Mee's directing is crisp and buoyant. She inspires her actors to be fearless in the face of metatheatricality, to have fun playing with the audience at her party...Brief and poignant, Versailles 2015 will linger in your mind long after you see it."
"Though I was fully aware of the artifice of the party, it genuinely felt like many NYC parties I’ve attended and I found myself, as did the other audience members, relaxing into the situation and making the usual get-to-know-you small talk, unsure of whether or not I was talking to a genuine guest or an actor playing a guest. In fact, I actually was duped and had a lovely conversation with a guest that I did not realize until later was actually an actress in the piece. But the fact that this amused rather than annoyed me speaks directly to the ingratiating tone of the overall piece itself [...] Ms. Mee’s cast of charming young actors appealingly rides this line beautifully. They effortlessly deliver the moments of heightened language while making it appear improvisational and natural. They all seem like people I know. It’s a credit to the direction and performances that as much as we may want to roll our eyes at their superficiality, we don’t. We smile and recognize them. They work seamlessly as an ensemble, even when performing solo in a kitchen or bathroom, and are so at ease in the contradiction of their roles as party-goers and actors that I half expected them to continue exiting with us as we descended back in the elevator and out into the lobby at the play’s end."
Vanishing Point at Teatro SEA, New York, NY (2015)
"The acting is superb throughout, notably Chris Morriss as the husband [...] the play ends, as it began, on a perfect note. Perhaps I only wanted Vanishing Point to be longer because I enjoyed it so much."
Readymade Cabaret at Judson Church, New York, NY (2015)
"Readymade Cabaret is an ambitious undertaking. It succeeds in creating an entertaining and unpredictable atmosphere while packing countless ideas into 60 minutes. Like all great Dadaist art, it is not meant to be understood, or even appreciated; it is just meant to exist. And though it may not be the most traditional (or traditionally absurdist) piece of theatre around, it is a worthwhile contribution to the downtown theatre scene."
"Even a show that rigorously detested the idea of meaning couldn’t escape its own meanings, reaffirmed over and over again through tactful shifts of perspective, clever layering of plot, and the repetition of movement, which eventually established rules and coherency for the audience participant."
"I didn’t take away a meaning as much as a feeling, a sensation of freshness, as though a breeze had blown through my inclination for thinking about learning. In fact, in reflection, the ‘show’ seemed to be more about behavior than meaning, as though looking at people on the street or in customary places and being a fly on their cranial walls."
Next to Normal at the Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus OH (2014)