The ensemble is stellar, especially Mary VanArsdel, a comedic talent of the old school.

Chris Jones
Chicago Tribune

Mary VanArsdel, a fine example of the fading tradition of character actresses as bristling Miss Shingle.

Philip Potempa
Times of NW Indiana

Mary VanArsdel, playing Miss Shingle, steals every scene she’s in.

Hampton Stevens
Kansas City Star

The evening’s first showstopper, ‘You’re A D’Ysquith’, performed with comic abandon by the wonderful Mary VanArsdel is a tough act to follow…

Charles Kruger
Theatre Storm

Filled with fine vocals, especially from…..Mary VanArsdel

Tom Williams
Chicago Critic

Mary VanArsdel offers a lovely rendition of “Feed The Birds.

Barbara Mackay
Washington Examiner

Mary VanArsdel was impressive as The Bird Woman.

Ted McIrvine
Classical Voice of North Carolina

VanArsdel, a generous, rich-voiced artist….is valiant…and tosses her 11:00 number past the balcony.

David C. Nichols
Los Angeles Times

Mary VanArsdel communicates with her eyes as well as her tongue, demonstrating the legerdemain of an enormously skilled artist. She is outstanding.

Bruce Feld

…(VanArsdel) is delivering a smashing performance in a promising new musical. We hope this gifted performer keeps reaching for her dreams.

Les Spindle
Backstage West

VanArsdel has her character wrapped around her little finger and never misses a beat or a nuance.

LA Times
Critics Choice

The marvelous Mary VanArsdel will break your heart 25 different ways in a 30 minute scene with her sweet vulnerability and blunt openness.

Critics Choice

VanArsdel does wonders with the most difficult role in the show. Her spiky, self-protective comedy believably gives way to a cautioned vulnerability.

LA Daily News

The Production really belongs to VanArsdel, who dominates the stage with an intensity that is both brittle and vulnerable.

LA Weekly

Mary VanArsdel uses a grand smile and theatrical singing voice to create a comic gem who marches not to the beat of a different drummer but to a completely different orchestra.

The Hollywood Reporter

A bright spot was provided by….singer-actress Mary VanArsdel, who put her lovely, full soprano and charming manner to excellent use in a series of musical comedy solos and duets….She seemed in total command and performed with joy and style.

Jon Kretzu
Bellevue Journal American

...it is evident from the time Mary VanArsdel first opens her mouth that she has learned her lessons well. As Candide’s ill-fated lover, Cunegonda, VanArsdel is astonishing…..Best of all, she can act.

Michael Mulnix
The Juneau Empire
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