Next To Normal Review Round Up

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‘The performance (and especially the singing) of Whitney Morse as Diana, the mother whose illness threatens to wreck her family as well as her own life, suggests much bigger things in her future: she’s rueful but free of self-pity, funny without resorting to stereotype, and all-around engaging.” – Kelly Kleiman for Dueling Critics

Read full review – HERE.

“Whitney Morse does a spectacular job and has a vocal range that is wonderful.” – Alan Bresloff for Around Town Chicago

Read full review – HERE.

“Whitney Morse gives a tour de force performance as Diana, the woman who can never let go of her first child’s death.” – Angela Allyn for Chicago Stage Standard.

Read full review – HERE

“Whitney Morse cycles between sweetness, sarcasm, and psychosis but is at her most chilling acting out the aftereffects of electroshock therapy and sedation” – Marissa Oberlander for The Chicago Reader

Read the full review – HERE.

“Whitney Morse, who I really liked last year in The Children’s Hour in another dramatically-intense role, is outstanding here as Diana.” – Seth Saith for SethSaith.Blogspot.com

Read full review – HERE.

Coming up next: Next To Normal

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I am so excited to open this show on Sept 11th!

Dates:
Sept 11th – 27th 
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
Additional Wednesday Matinee on Sept 16th at 1:30pm
 
Tickets – use the code WHITNEY for $5 off per ticket.
 
There are also tickets available on Goldstar.

This riveting musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. As they band together to learn how to support each other and live a life that is at least next to normal, each character’s journey is punctuated by a powerful music score. It features 30 original songs including “Just Another Day,” “You Don’t Know” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl.”

Next to Normal is, in the words of The New York Times, “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”  Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said, “It has the effect of making one determine to refocus on what really is important in life, which always is the best reason of all to find time to go to the theater.”

Greatworks Touring Children’s Theatre

In February 2014 I started working with Greatworks Touring Chidren’s Theatre playing multiple roles Fractured Fairy Tales.  Since then I have been added to the casts of The Giver and Number The Stars.  These three shows have kept me busy, and happy.   I love being part of of this tight knit acting ensemble.  We tour all around the midwest performing shows for children from 4 to 14 years old.   We go to schools libraries, performing arts centers and cultural centers.

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Fractured Fairy Tales

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Number The Stars

“Our goal is to bring your kids stories and ideas that will stick with them for years to come, and to make their experience a good theatrical event as well as an educational event. Every show has multiple layers of humor and meaning written into them, so that everyone watching – student and teacher alike – is getting something unique and personal out of the production. The shows are performed by some of the best acting talent in the city, artists who bring the same level of commitment and theatrical quality to your school as they do in their “night jobs” in Chicago’s busy professional theatres. ”  Read  more about us at: www.greatworkstheatre.com

Other Desert Cities Photos and Reviews

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“Whitney Morse, one of Chicago’s finest young actresses, thoroughly inhabits the role of Brooke. A stunningly versatile performer, memorable for her diverse performances in productions of “The Children’s Hour” and “Accomplice,” Ms. Morse makes this young writer, who’s suffered through depression and the demands of family pressure, a real, live woman. The empathy and honesty she brings to the stage is heartfelt and a palpable.” – Colin Douglass

Read the full review here: http://www.chicagotheatrereview.com/2015/02/secrets-and-lies-2/

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“a dynamic performance by Whitney Morse” – Alan Bresloff

Read the full review here: http://www.aroundthetownchicago.com/theatre-reviews/other-desert-cities-2/

The Chicago Tribune for The Pioneer Press:

“This is a fine production of a terrific play”

Read full review here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/highland-park/lifestyles/ct-hpn-go-desert-cities-review-tl-0226-20150217-story.html

Spike Heels Production Photos

Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck produced by Brown Paper Box Co. at The Raven Theatre Chicago.  

All photos by http://cblindsey.com

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan. Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse. Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse

Whitney Morse

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse and Jesse Dornan. Photo by C.B. Lindsey

Whitney Morse.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart.  Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Whitney Morse and Jillian Weingart. Photo by C.B. Lindsey.

Upcoming: Spike Heels and Other Desert Cities

This winter is going to be an exciting time!  I will open Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck with Brown Paper Box Company on January 23rd it will run Thursdays through Sundays until February 8th. Check out the cast and production team HERE!   Shortly after Spike Heels closes (5 days to be exact) I will open Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz at Citadel Theatre Company.  Other Desert Cities will run from February 13th through March 15th.   Check out Citadel’s website HERE.   Stay tuned!!

Down Range Review Round Up

Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton

Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton

Lucas Thatcher, Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton

Lucas Thatcher, Whitney Morse and Carey Lee Burton

“Whitney Morse, another area actress who has impressed in past productions (from Jedlicka’s “Accomplice” to Pride Films and Plays‘ “The Children’s Hour”) adds the role of German-born Eva to her varied resume. Without making Eva a caricature, Ms. Morse offers just enough hint of dialect to make her character convincing. She easily conveys everything this role demands, from supportive friend to smoldering sexpot. Once again Whitney Morse demonstrates what a surprising and versatile young actress she’s become in a short time. In my book, she is  an artist to watch.” – Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review Full Review “Carey Lee Burton and Whitney Morse portray their long suffering wives. They both capture the fear and loneliness of women whose husbands are gone for months at a time.   Burton provides some of the most emotional moments in the play. We can relate to her as she goes from failed project to failed project, trying to find meaning in her life beyond her marriage.   Whitney Morse is the worldly Eva, a German who just wants more excitement in her mundane life. Her German accent is excellent- and she has a warm presence on stage.” – Drew Wanket, Chicago Stage Standard Full Review