Pear Theatre’s director Caroline Clark—and two especially mesmerizing performances by Ellen Dunphy and James Lewis—make this one of the most rewarding productions of the year[…]Lewis’ and Dunphy’s performances as vibratees Leo and Sabrina flood us with seas of emotional cross-currents—and Dunphy’s face is an ocean unto itself. See them and believe them!
-Jeff Dunn, Theatrius
Performances by the Pear cast are praiseworthy too, especially Culver and Dunphy as ditsy-turned-determined women on the verge of self-discovery (their scenes together were my favorite)[…]
-Karla Kane, Palo Alto Weekly
It certainly works for Sabrina Daldry (a charming, intuitive turn by Ellen Dunphy) […]
-Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News
Poor Mrs. Daldry, played with skill by beautiful Ellen Dunphy in The Pear Theatre's excellent production of Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room, or, The Vibrator Play," […]
-John Orr, Regarding Arts
Ellen Dunphy, as Catherine's newfound friend and patient of her husband's, Sabrina Daldry, also has a face that can speak volumes. Her Sabrina is especially "loud" through her silent stares […]
-Eddie Reynolds, Talkin’ Broadway
Ellen Dunphy is a twitchy yet strong, high-octane standout as the parody version of Lucy.
-Vince Mediaa, Vmedia Backstage
Val Garrahan as CB's Sister and Ellen Dunphy as Van's Sister give topnotch performances.
-Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway
Ellen is an absolute pleasure to work with. She has a surplus of extraordinary natural talent, which she showcased at her audition and throughout the various iterations of the script we workshopped during the rehearsal period for a staged reading. She is an incredibly nuanced actor, demonstrating a knack for both comedy and drama and an innate ability to lean into the audience. Most importantly, Ellen is extremely dedicated to perfecting her craft, which makes her a dream actor for a director. She seamlessly incorporated notes into her work and also brought insightful questions to the table. Her performance in the SF Olympians Festival - an hourlong solo piece - was exquisite and I was grateful to have the opportunity to work with her.
-Emma Nicholls, Director of Descent
Her dedication to preparing for her performance in Urania was clearly visible as she seemed on stage to reincarnate the character of Emilie from her aristocratic reserve to her passions. She read Judith [Zinsser]’s book to learn even more about Emilie and modeled for a photoshoot at the Chicago History Museum in order to create the iconic image by Shea Johns. Her dedicated acting was only surpassed by hours in costume while only being allowed sips of water to guard against damaging the dress fabric.
-Jyl Bonaguro, Playwright of Urania: The Life of Émilie Du Châtelet
The actors playing pawns in this power struggle offer compelling portraits of its psychic cost. Ellen Dunphy is both sensuous and sadistic as a frustrated femme fatale who combines sneering contempt and genuine fear for the men she tries to manipulate - knowing as she does that her sexuality is her only power, and that such power is always temporary.
-Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Enter Roote’s subordinates, each with their own set of weapons to either overthrow him or maintain the status quo. Miss Cutts’ (Ellen Dunphy) are a praying mantis’ sexuality and dagger-sharp sarcasm.
-Matthew Reddin, Urban Milwaukee
Ellen Dunphy manages the intricate challenge of playing cool and sensual desperation in the role of an assistant named Cutts.
-Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express
A good performance from the audience brings out good performances from actors in this kind of show, and there are some really fun performances here… The alluring Ellen Dunphy plays a rugged, sensual, cowgirl femme fatale named Layla.
-Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express
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