BASEMENT SOCIAL // 4.22 // 7:30PM // at Manhattanville Coffee
Guitan’s first-rate performance is matched by Shayna Blass as Maxine’s soldier sister, Willamena “Billie” Hunter. Blass conveys Billie’s anger with visceral force.
Ms. Blass plays Magdalene sometimes with fire, sometimes with stubborn resistance, sometimes with simple love.
Shayna Blass imbues her three Marys Magdelene with soulful conviction
The story has enough charm and this Yentl, played by a convincingly gender-blurring Shayna Blass, enough presence to stand on their own.
Blass captivates in the title role, playing the character’s fiery conviction and frustrated confusion with equal panache; she manages to be utterly convincing
Shayna Blass embodies a young person’s passion kept within the impossible constraints of social custom, conventional propriety, and religious law...Blass’s performance is extraordinarily nuanced.
Blass, as the title character, gives a revolutionary performance...Mastering what it means to hide ones’ self inside of a constructed fictitious figment, Blass gives the performance of the season in this role.
Blass’s fidgety, sarcastic Izzy, clad in quirky bohemian attire, enlivens scenes and provides welcome comic relief while rounding out the picture of frustrating family dynamics.