MUSICALTHEATREREVIEW.COM:
"Laura Darrell makes the most of the quasi-torch song sung by Luke's former high school girlfriend."

 

BEN BRANTLEY, NEW YORK TIMES:
"THE CAST INCLUDES FIRST-RATE PERFORMERS... Blake Zolfo and Laura Darrell do nicely as two possible romantic interests for our sexually conflicted hero"

 

ROBERT HOFLER, THE WRAP:
"Also memorable are the low-key pleas for understanding "I'd Rather Wait," sung by Luke's jilted girlfriend (Laura Darrell)"

 

ELLEN DOSTAL, BROADWAY WORLD:
"All of the beloved characters and iconic images have been beautifully realized in their live form, from Anna and her quirky way of putting her foot in her mouth, to Elsa and her shimmering blue gown and icy palace... The cast is terrific and endlessly enchanting. Suffice it to say there are no unmet expectations in this engaging experience."

 

HOYT HILSMAN, HUFFINGTON POST:
"The story...does get roiling with a bit of humor provided by the clumsy sister Anna, charmingly played on premiere night by an non-credited actress (Disney did not provide names or other information about cast members)... the acting was solid if not inspiring... The show will certainly provide happiness to the thousands of Frozen fans who will enjoy this production at Disneyland"

 

MARY McNAMARA, LOS ANGELES TIMES:
"The near-manic excitement and goofy humor of Anna especially benefits from live performance; the woman who played the grown character during the press premiere (because of the cast's large and revolving nature, Disney does not provide performer names) landed Anna most delightfully, as one assumes the other actors will, in the fast-talking, physical comedy of, say, Carole Lombard or Claudette Colbert."

 

SARAH MATUSEK, NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEW:
"This play-within-a-play cheerfully points out its own artifice, most blatantly channeled through the character Stage Directions (a bright Laura Darrell)... The ensemble gels well together – uniformly sharp, comically dark, and at times outrageous, especially during blitzkrieg choreography. "

 

NELSON DIAZ-MARCANO, MANHATTAN WITH A TWIST:
"The ensemble of the piece had ease with the author's words. Dylan Lamb himself plays Tommy Freely, and his last scene will send chills down your spine. The rest of the cast was dynamic, with Timothy Condon, Nathaniel Kent, and Laura Darrell being the stand-outs in a great ensemble."

 

ARTEM YATSUNOV, THEASY.COM:
"At rise we're met with Stage Directions—played tongue-in-cheek with stalwart dedication by Laura Darrell—an all too real performer truly pissed off to be playing stage directions instead of an actual human."

 

NELSON PRESSLEY, WASHINGTON POST:
"Pierce's book and lyrics sync up well with this score, and the show's nine terrific actors move easily between Pierce's understated dialogue scenes and songs that often dwindle thoughtfully back into speech."

 

TIM TREANOR, DC THEATER SCENE:
"Oh, how they want the old Luke back again – ... his erstwhile girlfriend, Suze (Laura Darrell), who, in the incredibly moving 'I'd Rather Wait' pledges her love to him even though she knows he's changed and even though she doesn't know what those changes are."

 

SHEILA BARTH, THE THEATRE MIRROR:
"...subplot of fictitious Dr. Laura Nebbens, who devotes her life to studying H.M., sacrificing her own happiness, but winning a lifetime achievement award for her neuroscientific efforts. Laura Darrell sensitively portrays young Dr. Nebbens, and accomplished actress Ann Talman is also outstanding as an older, wiser Dr. Nebbens."

 

THEFRONTROWCENTER.COM:
"...Her tone, facial expressions and movements are just perfect. The same goes for Laura Darrell and her execution of Herma–she is such a titan within her field."

 

SHOSHANA ROBERTS, THEASY.COM:
"The production is comprised of five short plays. First we observe "Perfect Tension" with Laura Darrell and Joe Boover playing high-schoolers in a car together with the specific intention of having sex. With awkwardness and charm the setup aided me in a fun walk down my own memory lane. Next we see "Outside the Box" with female coworkers on their lunch break. The chemistry between Laura Darrell and Amanda Sayle Rinzel is so spot-on it got me a little hot and bothered. BOTTOM LINE: A conglomerate of talented actors and steamy stories that will turn you on, physically and mentally."

 

SPLASH MAGAZINE:
"Laura Darrell, 'Maria,' was outstanding in every sense of the word, particularly in regards to her powerful voice, as for example in 'I Feel Pretty.' By utilizing her incredible vocal range to smoothly hit some of the highest notes I've ever heard, Laura conveys Maria's pain, excitement and overall persona, all the while, without falter in her perfectly authentic Puerto Rican accent."

 

LOS ANGELES CITY BEAT:
"Director Kenneth Gray Scolari has two attractive leads (Clint Carter and Laura Darrell) with terrific romantic chemistry"

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES:
"...ably complemented by Laura Darrell who delivers the tongue-twisting Stephen Sondheim lyrics of chaste Maria's solo flights with suitably angelic pipes."

 

BACKSTAGE:
"...it's the women who stand out. Laura Darrell shines vocally as Maria"

 

STAGE SCENE LA:
"The plum role of predatory lesbian Madeline True goes to scene-stealing Laura Darrell, unrecognizable as ingenue Maria..."

 

WOLF ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE:
"Laura Darrell tenderly injected romance and longing into the demanding 'Time Heals Everything' from 'Mack and Mabel.' One could envision her doing an array of numbers of that nature."

 

RADIOINDY.COM:
"Opening up the album, the title track, "'Mad Mad Me,' reels you in with Darrell's rich and powerful voice. The melody is sweet and charming and one can feel the passion her marvelous voice casts off. 'Get Away,' is a thought provoking song as the emotive lyrics describe a troubled life with a somber tonality. Most of the songs on this album are acoustic, (guitar, piano, and strings,) but the track "Two Happy Feet," has Darrell grooving to a vibrant Pop ambiance and is quite a fascinating song. If you are looking for something that is fresh and original, then listen to the delectable Folk/Pop songs on the outstanding CD, 'Mad Mad Me.'"

 

RADIOINDY.COM:
"Highly talented vocalist, Laura Darrell, will take your breath away with her latest Folk/Pop album, 'Mad Mad Me.' Darrell, who is no stranger to the music scene, shines on this brilliant CD. Her voice is well polished and shows amazing style and grace."

 

SENSEITIONAL - I AM ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE:
"On the title track 'Mad Mad Me', her voice reminds me of the beauty that was Eva Cassidy. This song lends itself to greatness and puts Laura in a league of her own among Folk artists who would have a tough time sharing the same stage with this incredible voice."

 

SENSEITIONAL - I AM ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE:
"Laura Darrell has a beautiful voice with a lot of clarity, something not many artists these days have. Her latest EP 'Mad Mad Me' is a great representation of what's available to us if we would just look outside the confines of commercial radio."





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