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Reviews

Just in case you believe in critics...

 

READING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

"Glazer has re-teamed with several of his plays' former leading ladies, including Bayless, Morris and Moore, all of whom reaffirm Glazer's faith in them. Bayless makes the character of Jocelyn into a wealthy oddball who is the show's unlikely heart."
-NY Press

"Joanna Bayless sets up Jocelyn nicely for the crash with her tightly-wrapped, domineering veneer."
-NYTheatre.com

"The success of this production owes a great debt to the quality of the performances given by the actors; Joanna Bayless as Jocelyn is perfect as she squints at Kerry’s southerly decoration and tuts, 'It makes you look like a Lite-Brite!'"
-Woman Around Town

"Entertaining as hell!"
-NY Press

 

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH

"Bayless, who has come out of semi-retirement to play this role, owns every moment with a sure firey passion; jerking erratically from sardonic humor to tragic enlightenment, as the character demands, she is hypnotic and stunning. "
-Broadway.com

"Joanna Bayless, who plays Alexandra, is able to expertly render both the character's harrowing vulnerability and her cold, sad candor without turning her into a caricature."
-Show Showdown

"The role of the half-crazed Princess is gloriously larger-than-life, and Joanna Bayless, more than up to the challenge, knocks it out of the park. Whether outmaneuvering Chance in a prolonged battle of wills, hyperventilating in what would today be called a severe anxiety attack, or suffering an embarrassing public collapse, she takes complete command of her every scene. Bayless bares the humanity behind the haughtiness, simultaneously embodying proud grande dame and lost, sick soul."
-Blogcritics.org

"Though the acting is generally superb, Joanna Bayless' Princess is especially compelling."
-Metro

"The highlight of this production is Joanna Bayless as Princess Kosmonopolis. From the moment she screams and sits bolt upright in her hotel bed—almost falling out of her champagne-colored slip—to her final exit accompanied by a state trooper, Bayless finds every note of hope and despair, monstrosity and compassion that Williams wrote into this bravura role."
-New York Blade

"Joanna Bayless's performance as the actress Alexandra del Lago was incredibly good."
-Hi Drama, Channel 57, 2/23/07

 

STAIN
"There is lovely material for the maternal granny [Joanna Bayless], including a quiet showpiece of a monologue that could become an audition staple. Bayless’ well-timed performance penetrates to the character’s core…"
Backstage

"One of the most intriguing actors on the stage is the just-out-of-retirement Joanna Bayless as Theresa, Thomas’s grandmother. Throughout the play, Bayless remained riveting in a strange way. White blonde hair pulled back by a colorful scarf, she delivered her lines with the gusto that was reminiscent of a fading B-film actress touring in stock. [However], when Bayless leeched the coyness from her tone, a portrait of a woman devastated by life and coping only on the surface begins to appear. Bayless is well on her way to offering the evening’s most interesting and multi-layered performance."
NY Press

"The two most engaging characters are Thomas’s obnoxious father (Jim O’Connor), whose open racism and sexism are refreshingly and hilariously not politically correct; and his grandmother [Joanna Bayless] a feisty lady who takes Botox injections and does funny things to herself in the shower. Kudos to O’Connor and Bayless."
Curtain Up

 

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
"JOANNA BAYLESS, a lovely actress, plays Hannah. She is a disciplined performer with a lovely expressive face. Her wideset brown eyes, heart-shaped face and long brown hair are poetic and appealing. She has at her command a deep coolness or a powerful warmth and takes complete possession of each of her scenes."
The Houston Post -Gurwell

 

LAST SUMMER IN CHULIMSK
"JOANNA BAYLESS brought professionalism to the production."
The New York Post -Stasio

"JOANNA BAYLESS emerges as victoriously credible as Vladimir's suffering lover, Zina... "
Otherstages-Wasserman

"Of all the performances, only JOANNA BAYLESS's warm and womanly Zina seemed fully realized."
Soho -Golub

 

THE ELEPHANT MAN
"Hamilton in the lead must share the evening's acting honors with JOANNA BAYLESS as Mrs. Kendal -- brilliant, performances that are just magnificent... the picnic scene together is sensually bitter-sweet."
Easton Express -Mattioli

 

SUMMER AND SMOKE
"What you will remember most vividly about the production of 'Summer and Smoke' is JOANNA BAYLESS's portrayal of Miss Alma Weinmiller. MISS BAYLESS brings the role to life just the way the playwright, Tennessee Williams, describes it in the text. The 'excessive propriety and self-consciousness, the nervous laugh, the hysterical temperament'; all these are thoroughly convincing. And, as the drama progresses, you will gradually see the beautiful, compassionate soul beneath her seemingly artificial exterior. And when she ends up being nothing but a sacrificial catalyst... you cannot help but feel strong sympathy."
The Houston Chronicle -Collins

 

ON GOLDEN POND
"JOANNA BAYLESS is sterling as the daughter, Chelsea, playing with sensitivity the rapprochement with her father. "
Backstage -Tolnay

 

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE
"MISS BAYLESS is quite moving and all gracefulness as Marina."
The Saturday Review -Hewes

"The production is able to touch us with Marina's plight, thanks greatly to the simple beauty of spirit that JOANNA BAYLESS conveys in the role. And when the climatic recognition scene arrives and she confronts her father, rousing him at last from his long despair, the effect is simply tremendous."
Sacremento Bee -Glackin

"The mounting of the brothel scene is something to behold, as is the mere presence of JOANNA BAYLESS as Marina, a dazzling open-faced innocent... "
San Francisco Chronicle -Evans

 

COUNT DRACULA
"Mina, portrayed by JOANNA BAYLESS, was absolutely beautiful in her blood red gown when she prepared to become the Count's bride; chilling as vampire and moving as reclaimed innocent."
Press Publications -Bennett

"JOANNA BAYLESS is the perfect Dracula victim as Mina; she seems to grow paler with each off-stage visit by the vampire and is transformed into a vamping near Vampira."
Easton Express -Mattioli

 

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
"JOANNA BAYLESS did a fantastic job as the wife. A glamourous knockout."
ACOT TV, Alabama -Landry

 

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
"JOANNA BAYLESS is a joy to watch. She is subtle and expressive as the character and comes alive with animation during the dream sequence."
Tampa Times -Coolridge

 

THE CORN IS GREEN
"The supporting cast is so large that there is only room to recognize JOANNA BAYLESS as the delightful assistant teacher...a gem that sparkled throughout the play."
The Evening News -Panne

 

THE SUNSHINE BOYS
"JOANNA BAYLESS gives hilarious support in the skit."
Waterbury Republic -Charlton

 

THE RAINMAKER
"JOANNA BAYLESS as Lizzie really captures the part. A great performance."
Lakeview News -Kobler

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
liThe particular virtue of this production is a perfectly cast Helena....JOANNA BAYLESS is delightfully willowy and bewildered and does a wonderful job of showing us that regardless of what century they are born in, foolish lovers are always the same sort of creatures."
Press Publications -Flautz

 

MARY, MARY
"JOANNA BAYLESS plays exactly the character the playwright wanted. MISS BAYLESS's beauty, charm and disarming attitude make her a pleasing 'other woman' and her presence in the play is novel and refreshing, saving the show from being only a quaint little comedy about old love being everlasting."
Denver Post -MacKay

 

 

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