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Accomplice Janet Circuit Playhouse, TN Hadley Hury, The Memphis Flyer
      Whitney Smith, The Commercial Appeal
Angels in America Harper Playhouse on the Square, TN Linda Romine, Memphis Business Journal
Arcadia Hannah Jarvis Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, OH Jackie Demaline, The Cincinnati Enquirer
      Rick Pender, Citybeat
As Things Remain Melissa B Street Theatre, CA Matthew Burlingame-Couk, Sacramento News & Review
      Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee
The Beauty Queen of Leenane Maureen Barter Theatre, VA Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
      Gary Aday, Washington County News
      Sean O'Sullivan, Bristol Herald Courier
Blithe Spirit Ruth Centenary Stage Company, NJ Debra Scacciaferro, Daily Record
      Peter Filichia, The Star-Ledger
Brigadoon Fiona Barter Theatre, VA Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
      Warren M. Harris, Washington County News
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie Barter Theatre, VA Edward Sieger III, The Free Press
      Ray Fulmer, The Reporter
Fuddy Meers Claire B Street Theatre, CA Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee
      Matthew Burlingame-Couk, Sacramento News & Review
Holiday Memories Miss Sook Barter Theatre, VA Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
      Warren M. Harris, Washington County News
Intimate Apparel Mrs. Van Buren Arvada Center, CO John Moore, Denver Post
      Lisa Bornstein, Rocky Mountain News
      Juliet Wittman, Westword
Les Liaisons Dangereuses Marquise de Merteuil Blackfriars Playhouse, VA Charles Culbertson, The News Leader
      Doug Nordfors, C-VILLE Weekly
Macbeth Lady Macbeth Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, KY Judith Egerton, The Courier-Journal
      Jenny Sandman, LEO
      Robin Goben, Recess
Mary, Mary Mary Murry's Dinner Playhouse, AR Larry LeMasters, Little Rock Free Press
The Memory of Water Teresa Barter Theatre, VA Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
      Warren M. Harris, Washington County News
Othello  Emilia Shakespeare in the Park, TX Lawson Taitte, The Dallas Morning News
      Punch Shaw, Star-Telegram
Othello Desdemona Playhouse on the Square, TN Linda Romine, Memphis Business Journal
      Whitney Smith, The Commercial Appeal
The Royal Family Julie Swine Palace, LA Ed Cullen, The Advocate
The Second Mrs. Wilson Edith Bolling Wilson Barter Theatre, VA Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
      Warren M. Harris, Washington County News
The Sisters Rosensweig Pfeni Rosensweig Playhouse on the Square, TN Whitney Smith, The Commercial Appeal
Twelfth Night Viola Shakespeare in the Park, TX Punch Shaw, Star-Telegram

Review Quotes (selected)

 

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Josephine Hall brings to the role of the Marquise de Merteuil an authority and sexual presence that is mesmerizing to watch.  She personifies a woman who knows that the only power she or any other woman has in a patriarchal world  lies in her cunning - and her boudoir.  Hall commands the stage whenever she takes it, and that's no minor achievement considering the other actors that populate it with her ... The chemistry between [Rene] Thornton and Hall is palpable.

Charles Culbertson, The News Leader

The reason the Marquise is such a superb character is that the more she reveals about herself, the more mysterious she becomes.  All this can be eclipsed by even slightly cartoonish overacting.  No need to worry about that with Hall.  Her warm smile ironically intensifies her character's wiliness, and the tone of her voice is all the more menacing by being unthreatening ... [Rene] Thornton and Hall prove that smart actors can make us care about unscrupulous characters even if we don't sympathize with them.

Doug Nordfors, C-VILLE Weekly

 

Blithe Spirit

    Josephine Hall ... makes an equally superb Ruth. Her cool, born-to-the-manor breeding hides a snake's nest of marital insecurities. Hall doesn't just seethe, she exudes icy venom at the first materialization of her spectral rival, and works her way up to a steely hysteria that is marvelously controlled. She and [Nick] Stannard [as Charles] make it all look so natural, sharing a flair for split-second comic timing and superb physical comedy that allows them to dish up the dirt against each other in true Coward style. They're a treat to watch.

Debra Scacciaferro, Daily Record

Josephine Hall beautifully calibrates her performance as Ruth, starting out imperiously, ordering about the maid ... comfortable in her role as mistress of the manor. That haughtiness won't last once Elvira arrives, and soon Hall goes from confusion to irritation to a series of mad scenes worthy of Lucia di Lammermoor - with hilarity.

Peter Filichia, The Star-Ledger

Arcadia

Josephine Hall and John Alcott spark and sparkle, shaking up the Festival ensemble and raising it to a new level ... Ms. Hall more than holds her own as [Alcott's] verbal sparring partner. She finds the heart of sensible Hannah, who doesn't dance - until the moment is right.

Jackie Demaline, The Cincinnati Enquirer

The petite Hall, playing the pragmatic and blunt Jarvis, is another top-notch addition to the company for this show. She's a foot shorter than the very tall Alcott, but every inch his equal in subtly commanding the stage and rendering the wry remark.

Rick Pender, Citybeat

The Royal Family

 

Josephine Hall, who plays Julie, Fanny's daughter, is good and gets better as the play unfolds.

Ed Cullen, The Advocate

 

 

 

 

Brigadoon

"Josephine Hall as Fiona is absolutely delightful, quite lovely to look at,and her voice is one of the best to grace the Barter stage in a long time."        

Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier

"... new to the Barter stage is the instantly appealing and vivacious Josephine Hall as Fiona... Not only Tommy, but I suspect everyone in the audience as well, will find themselves reciprocating. She and Mr. Ostroski combine to create the bittersweet chemistry of seemingly star-crossed lovers. Their second-act duet "From this Day On" is an affecting blend of two fine, complementary voices, and a fitting culmination to the show."

Warren M. Harris, Washington County News

 

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

"... Josephine Hall portrays the self-proclaimed cat on a hot tin roof, Maggie. With the broad range of emotions that Maggie experiences early in the first act, we see Hall's range. Her southern accent flows quite smoothly, lavishing the audience with sultry, Southern Belle gentility disguising razor sharp barbs that sound so harmless, you barely know you've been struck. Hall's physical movements are also essential in portraying her character. She prowls about the stage, lounging languidly, creating a sexual aura meant to somehow envelop and reclaim her husband."

Edward Sieger III, The Free Press

"Josephine Hall [has] a fiery intensity. As the hot-blooded "Maggie the Cat" Hall dominates her scenes with husband Brick... and brings a moving desperation to her efforts to deal with "Big Daddy" Pollit and the rest of her difficult in-laws."

Ray Fulmer, The Reporter

 

Othello

   "Emilia ... gets a strong performance from Josephine Hall..."

                                       Lawson Taitte, The Dallas Morning News

   "... the wonderfully textured performance of Josephine Hall [as] Emilia."

Punch Shaw, Star-Telegram

 

 

 

 

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

"... absolutely stunning role as Maureen ..."                                          

Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier

"Josephine Hall has, in Maureen, a role which demands an enormous range of emotion and nuance, which she unfailingly captures."

Gary Aday, Washington County News

 "... the Beauty Queen herself, Maureen, performed with infectious authority by Josephine Hall. ... the subtleties and range ... in her rebellious despair at subjugation by her mother, ... [and] her inner glow of ecstasy at the prospect of at last having a man to share her bed and her life."

Sean O'Sullivan, Bristol Herald Courier

 

The Second Mrs. Wilson

Josephine Hall, whom you may remember from her absolutely stunning role as Maureen in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane", is up to her full acting power as Mrs. Wilson. She is at once strong, soft and resilient as she deals with politicians and the press while protecting her husband.

Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier

Josephine Hall shows us an Edith with the subtlety, sparkle, warmth, humor, and commitment to her husband's well-being which the real-life lady must have had to carry off her daunting task as intermediary between her husband and a suspicious government.

Warren M. Harris, Washington County News

 

Intimate Apparel

... the great Josephine Hall as Ester's rich client Mrs. Van Buren

John Moore, Denver Post

... Josephine Hall's performance give[s] her an intelligence without an outlet, and desires thwarted.

Lisa Bornstein, Rocky Mountain News

... there are strong performances from Josephine Hall as Mrs. Van Buren ...

Juliet Wittman, Westword

 

Macbeth

"Macbeth and his wife are one nasty couple, and Tim Gregory and Josephine Hall portray them with a full measure of vindictiveness."

Judith Egerton, The Courier-Journal

"Josephine Hall as Lady Macbeth is chilling in her lust for power."   

Jenny Sandman, LEO

"Lady Macbeth, played by Josephine Hall ... is ... a strong and decisive character who is soon driven mad. ... The couple achieves a fabulous chemistry on stage. They function as a unit and as separate minds beautifully."

Robin Goben, Recess

 

The Memory of Water

    Hall is, as usual, quite wonderful and a joy to watch and listen to...                                                                       

Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier

With her considerable acting skills and concentration, Hall creates a most amusing neurotic automaton at her wit's end.

Warren M. Harris, Washington County News

 

Holiday Memories

The always wonderful and lovely Josephine Hall plays Miss Sook Hall is excellent in the part.

Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier

Josephine Hall, invariably adept at depicting characters who have been shunted off to the margins of society, is entirely convincing as the elderly Miss Sook.  No makeup is necessary to effect this transformation.  The play, after all, takes place in our minds;  our imaginations can supply whatever elements the director has chosen to omit.

Warren M. Harris, Washington County News

 

Fuddy Meers

Hall's irresistible, good-natured energy ... continually push(es) the production.                           

Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee

Josephine Hall returns for her second consecutive production; ... She's been a welcome addition to the Sacramento theater community.

Matthew Burlingame-Couk, Sacramento News & Review

 

 

As Things Remain

Hall delivers a delightful performance that is perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of this production.

Matthew Burlingame-Couk, Sacramento News & Review

Hall ... shows skilled comic timing with her quizzical looks and double-take responses. ... Hall is also extremely engaging.

Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee

 

Twelfth Night

"Josephine Hall ... makes a fetching and charming Viola..."                                                           

Punch Shaw, Star-Telegram 

 

 

 

 

Mary, Mary

"... this production belongs to Josephine Hall. Hall is British, so her dry-wit, soul-cutting dialogue fits her nicely. And it is obvious from the start that Mary will find her true worth and beauty because Hall is stunning on stage. And what man can long resist a lyrically sounding British woman? Her delivery and facial expressions set the tone and hold the other humor together."

Larry LeMasters, Little Rock Free Press

 

The Sisters Rosensweig

As the bohemian baby sister, Pfeni ... Josephine Hall created a woman of strength and touching vulnerability."

Whitney Smith, The Commercial Appeal

 

Othello

      "A fine actress ... Hall's Desdemona, beneath an outward appearance that suggests a polished, modern-day career woman, is delicate and vulnerable."

Linda Romine, Memphis Business Journal

"The portrayal of Desdemona is a fine performance by Josephine Hall. she expertly shaded the character with integrity, loyalty, strength, and a sense of love and duty for her husband that blend into fear and a righteous sense of abuse."

Whitney Smith, The Commercial Appeal
 

Angels In America: Millennium Approaches

"Josephine Hall couldn't be better as Harper Pitt, ..."                                                           

Linda Romine, Memphis Business Journal

 

 

Accomplice

"Standing out like a beacon in the fog is (real) British newcomer Josephine Hall as the schemer ... and has the sang-froid to boot."

Hadley Hury, The Memphis Flyer

"... the delight of the Circuit production is Josephine Hall. Loved her native British and adopted American accents, the suave but jaded demeanor she gave Mrs. Taylor, and the acerbically funny way she made those Dorothy Parker-like one-liners come alive."

Whitney Smith, The Commercial Appeal

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