Yesterday was Review-reading Day. I did not read reviews of the show while it was still running. Even if they're good, reviews affect a performance, and I want to concentrate on doing the job I've been training for during the rehearsal process. A review is just one person's opinion.
Still, it's nice when you work so hard at a job, and get positive recognition for it. Everyone loves to be validated.
Robert Trussell, Kansas City Star:
"Chief among the show’s pleasant surprises is that Tara Varney, perhaps best known as a director of original work at the annual fringe festival, possesses a formidable voice, which she demonstrates as the religiously obsessed Margaret White."
Steve Wilson, examiner.com:
"Tara Varney plays Margaret White, the overly
controlling and religious fanatic mother of Carrie. Her acting is robust and
deliberate, yet her singing voice is even stronger. Her interpretation of the
mother makes you first despise her and feel even sorrier for Carrie. Later you
can feel her anguish as she begins to lose control of Carrie."
Bob Evans, examiner.com:
"...Margaret White, craftily portrayed by Tara Varney..."
Kristin Shafel Omiccioli, KCMetropolis.com:
"Leading the pack is Fringe Festival regular Tara Varney as Margaret White, Carrie’s fanatical mother. Varney’s mature voice expressed a range of emotions from “the crazy” to overprotective to even tender and regretful."