Mary Jane Wells Theatre Reviews

Mary Jane Wells Theatre Reviews / Press


HEROINE, One Woman Show Pre-publicity


MARTHA, Catherine Wheels Theatre, US tour

“(Mary Jane Wells as) Martha.. a giggle-inducing, ultimately poignant lesson in the power of friendship.”

– The New York Times

“A heartwarming tale about friendship and trust.”

 – Glasgow Evening News

“Martha is the sort of play that delivers hope to theatre critics and adults who love live drama, it is a lively, humorous and thoroughly entertaining.”

 – Pittsburgh Tribune

“Martha represents the best in fresh dynamic theatre for young audiences.”

 – New York Theatre-Wire

JUDITH, Citizens Theatre, UK

“Mary Wells’s frantic, remarkably impolitic servant provides some fine expressions of Barker’s powerfully dark humour. It is a measure of her skill that she makes her comic meddling fit so seamlessly into the piece.”

– Scotland On Sunday

“It is Mary Wells who steals the show with her insane babble and perfect comic timing.”

– Metro

THE RED BALLOON, Visible Fictions Theatre, US tour

“The versatile four-member Visible Fictions prove once more …a vehicle that can soar with joy and plumb the depths of loneliness and despair. At times funny, at times suspenseful, trenchant and buoyant, ”The Red Balloon” is a fine fantasy”

–  The New York Times

CYPRUS, Traverse Theatre, UK

“Mary Wells is particularly clever in her creation of Traquair’s daughter, Alison… In the second half..a brilliant volte-face from Wells as talk turns to action.”

 – The Stage

“Actress Wells makes the final scenes an edge-of-the-seat moment…”

– Darren Scott, Edinburgh Evening News ****

“Mary Wells provides a feast of fine acting, somehow finding a credible and moving path.. through Arnott’s dark universe of secrets and lies.”

– The Scotsman

“Mary Wells’s deadly Alison prowls with a steely intensity.”

– Neil Cooper, The Herald

“Well’s semi-hysterical, calculating daughter is endlessly watchable. ..never lets you off the hook, politically or emotionally.”

-Steve Cramer, The List

FAUST, parts I and II, Edinburgh Lyceum, UK

“Mary Wells as a Blairite property developer hits the mark..a hilarious performance, momentarily overshadowing Mephistos evil.”

– Mark Brown, Sunday Herald

“Impressively athletic and committed”

– The Times

“Magnificent stuff, it sweeps you away..powerful and fascinating.”

Thom Dibdin, Evening News * * * *

“An epic thats flaming brilliant…unmissable”

– Neil Cooper, Scotsman * * * *

“Thought provoking and challenging but shot through with a bawdy vitality, this piece is breathtaking.”

– Alan Chadwick, Metro * * * *

“A tremendous thrill of theatrical adventurousness..this audacious prodcution is frequently funny but never less than serious.”

– Mark Fisher, Guardian * * * *

“Outstanding…Scottish theatre does not get much better than this.”

– Mhairi Hetherington, Scottish Theatre Web

“The actors deliver Cliffords mindblowing 21st century take on this great story with an idealism and intensity that becomes irresistible.”

– Mary Brennan, Scotsman

“Bristling with big ideas, luxuriant language, acrobatic staging..often very funny, moving, evangelical..enthralling.”

–  Andrew Burnet, The List

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