Reviews for bedlam's saint joan + hamlet
"Only Dria Brown, as a compellingly full-throated Joan, plays a single character."
The Washington PosT
"So, having just held us spellbound as the doomed Maid of Orleans, the remarkable Aundria Brown would shoulder the divergent demands of Ophelia and Gertrude in Hamlet. Brown, fully inhabits the title character of “Saint Joan,’’ stepping confidently beyond the large shadow of Andrus Nichols."
"Ballasting the production is Brown's Joan, full of spiritual conviction yet afflicted near the end with poignant doubt. Her radiant performance dispels the view that Shaw's characters are merely mouthpieces for his intellectual puppetry. Their heroism lies in the honest anguish of their deliberations."
" She (Dria) is terrific, especially as a potent military leader, not unlike Shakespeare’s Henry V..... Then Dria Brown, with volcanic heat and soul spewing forth made the production totally hers. She took my breath away. I wanted to rise from my seat and help save her somehow. It was a positively incandescent theatrical moment."
DC Metro Theater Arts
"Dria Brown as Joan is vibrant. At the start of the play she is a sweet gentle girl with deep passion and boldness. As she experiences more and is faced with resistance from many of the men, she darkens yet hardens in her resolve. Brown brings this full spectrum to the character of Joan and her trial is extremely emotional."
Maryland Theater Guide
"Dria Brown is utterly committed as the headstrong Joan of Arc, and the three men who play everyone else look like they’re having a blast with their multiple roles. It’s a hilarious tragedy — or a doomed comedy. Brown is part open wound, part immovable object".
Brightest Young Things
"Brown is both powerful and delightful as Joan. She conveys in her posture and voice the knowledge that everything she does is for the sake of God's glory and the freedom of France, speaking straightforwardly, unlike the priests and politicians around her, enthusiastic and confident, incapable of considering that anyone could not see the rightness of her cause—for all that, human rather than divine."
"In the title role, Brown turns in a mesmerizing performance, delivering the headstrong young woman’s words with passionate candor. She takes the audiences on Joan’s incredible journey as she transforms from a poor farm girl to a woman warrior, unwavering in her faith as she’s guided by the voices of saints Catherine and Margaret, and archangel Michael."
"As Joan, Aundria Brown passionately plays the martyred heroine, maturing rapidly from an almost child-like, illiterate farm girl. At one point, she gleefully fist-bumped a fellow soldier when she is allowed to dress in men’s armor to an able and superb commander, who can direct the firing of a cannon better than her troops."
The Sentinel Newspaper
"For sheer earnest endeavor, Dria Brown as Joan deserves accolade. This is a tough gig: Joan is at once innocent, certain, zealous, charming, and then strangely movable in her final moments...Brown makes her highly likeable, delivering her large, sparkling and “in the moment.”
"Brown draws us in with her vehement self-assuredness as a most unlikely soldier, then by her vulnerability as a simple teenager thrust into the merciless cogs of feudal and church politics."
DC Theatre Scene
"Dria Brown is only Joan—radiant, courageous, bold, inexperienced, naive. She feelsnineteen, sometimes even younger, enveloping the audience into a world through her eyes."
"Aundria Brown has a deft grip on that personage’s determination, frustration, anger, fear and courage, delivering a powerful performance full of sincere emotion. She manages quite well when her motivations and obstacles are real and concrete. She plays the mystical elements of Joan — those that set her apart from everyone else and give her supernatural presence, charisma and conviction — as naturally as breathing."
Stage & Cinema