“Melissa Hurst and Lisa Kitchens skillfully embody this mother-daughter codependency, navigating with nuance…"

-Theater is Easy

“This thought-provoking and emotional play is a wonderful reminder of life’s challenges…A must-see.”

-THEATRE SCENE.net

"a creative and endearing show about love, freedom, desire, and learning to let go…it’s clever, heart-warming, and makes you feel a deep empathy for all of its characters.”

-DJ STEREOTYPE

THE BELLAGIO FOUNTAIN HAS BEEN KNOWN TO MAKE ME CRY

By Renee Philippi

HERE ARTS CENTER

November 27 – December 13, 2015

“I highly recommend THE BELLAGIO FOUNTAIN HAS BEEN KNOWN TO MAKE ME CRY. You look back and realize how many layers of human depth were offered in the breeze of 80 minutes.”

-NY THEATRE GUIDE – Top 5 Shows of the Week

"These characters are normal people who laugh and cry and daydream to get through it all… they serve as a reminder that an ordinary life is no less than any other life, and that even when dreams don’t come true, it doesn’t mean they weren’t worth the while."

-NY THEATRE REVIEW

"Melissa Hurst’s Dixie floats uneasily, slightly disconnected from reality.”

-BLOGCRITICS.COM

 

UTILITY

By Emily Schwend

Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre 2016

“UTILITY is a skillfully constructed, beautifully acted domestic drama.”

-NEW YORK TIMES *CRITIC’S PICK*

“Hurst had me in stitches.”

“Brilliant cast…”

“…fantastic cohesion of cast and crew… a standout production. This is a show I will recommending

strongly in the coming weeks.”

 

-THEATRE IS EASY

“The power of UTILITY is in its authenticity.”

“Melissa Hurst strikes an even balance as the mother who wants to help out

as long as too much isn’t asked of her.”

-STAGE BUDDY

“The ensemble cast deliver authentic and honest performances.”

“Melissa Hurst’s portrayal of Laura, Amber’s mother, is a disturbing reminder

of the traps that one generation inadvertently sets for another.”

-THEATRE REVIEWS LIMITED

“…the hilarious Melissa Hurst…”

“…stellar cast…”

“UTILITY is a vitally honest story of perseverance in the face of the massive challenges

facing working class American families.”

-THEATRE MANIA

“Melissa Hurst as Laura is multifaceted in her disappointment and lets each moment

unfold effortlessly, at its own pace.”

-THEATRE PIZZAZZ

“The Amoralists have a winner with utility.”

“Melissa Hurst as Laura, Amber’s mom, is the quintessential Southern mama.

Playing with the subtleties, you can see the struggle that Hurst gives Laura.”

-THEATRE IN THE NOW

“When Melissa Hurst and Vanessa Vache share the stage, I could feel their chemistry.”

-MANHATTAN WITH A TWIST