A Name For A Ghost To Mutter: Theatre East
"An excellent cast of nine give us glimpses of Lala, her cousin Lucretia, the three younger siblings, and drop-ins from four generations of the deceased. Absorbing, sort of like watching someone work out a puzzle."
-Richard Seff: DC Metro Arts
"...the cast breathe life into multi-faceted characters superbly"
-Laurie Lawson: ELJ
"The able cast is skillfully directed by Judson Jones, and the use of carefully detailed touches makes for a lovingly imagined production."
-Howard Miller: Talkin' Broadway
"...It goes down slowly, like a cool glass of sweet iced tea... the cast and design team draw our attention the entire show."
-Sarah Weber: Theatre Is Easy
The Tall Girls: Luna Stage
"Verla, on the other hand, who was so good in Tammy Ryan's "Tar Beach" at Luna last spring, fluidly reveals both passion and humor."
"Emily Verla is genuine and empathetic as Jean"
"Emily Verla is excellent as the tortured Jean, harboring a secret and clearly a better player than the others—"
Tar Beach: Luna Stage
"The play is one of the best "Generation Jones" plays you might ever see...Verla's mercurial shifts are touching"
"Emily Verla's portrayal of Mary Claire is equally as fine. She alternately cajoles and mocks her little sister, knowing that the only way she will get out of the house (and get up to some teenage mischief) is if she takes Reenie with her. Despite her bravado and big talk, Verla's Mary Claire is still a child; her anguish at her sister's disappearance is palpable."
"The shy Reenie and Mary Claire, her older, boy-crazy sister (a terrific high-energy performance by Emily Verla) are dealing with sibling issues and fighting with their parents"
"Emily Verla (Mary Claire) and Alanna Monte (Mary Frances) provide well grounded, evocative performances"
"All five actors deliver strong performances.For all its intensity, this play never crosses the line into melodrama, and though there are poetic moments, it stays rooted in real-life struggles."