MOM BABY GOD at Forum Theatre & Single Carrot Theatre (Workshop); directed by Kathleen Akerley

"With seamless and distinct character transitions that rival Anna Deavere Smith's one-actor monologue plays, [Rose] never loses the audience's grasp—as much as one might want to tune out most of the speakers at times. Destinee’s struggle with herself and her environment frames the ramifications of far-right conditioning through an angle that's nuanced yet still deeply critical and hilarious. The funniest thing [I’ve] seen onstage this year." --Baltimore City Paper

"Riotously funny and shocking. This is heavy stuff, wrapped in the cloak of teen drama. But don’t be fooled. It may seem like bubble gum, but [Rose] gives us far more to chew on, and the flavor lingers long after the show is over." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

"[Rose] seamlessly navigates between the characters, inhabiting them completely without costumes, but only a change in posture and voice." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

 

 

The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Theater J; directed by Amber Paige McGinnis

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Director Amber Paige McGinnis’s staging boasts a terrific cast. The visuals are spiffy, but it’s the performances that are the real deluxe items here. It’s both fun and absorbing to hang out with these quirky and sharply etched characters, whose conflicts and power plays nod at serious themes. (Washington Post)

Washington has a surfeit of talented 20-something actresses these days, so it’s lovely to see Blass and [Rose] (who have played supporting characters at Studio and Signature) get top billing at Theater J. (Washington City Paper)

The production is lushly beautiful; the acting, a delight in every detail. (DC Metro Theater Arts) 

Theater J’s production could have easily been a creaky ride back into yesteryear, to be enjoyed by a select audience. Thankfully, with McGinnis’ “don’t look back” directing talents, the acting chops and charms of her admirable cast, and the gorgeous production design, there is plenty to admire at this Ballyhoo. The scrumptious Ballyhoo cast includes a bevy of abundant talent. Madeline Rose portrays daughter Sunny, a brainy, assured, independent college student. As Sunny, [Rose] throws off one comic line about self-loathing that brought the House down into knowing laughter about itself. (DC Metro Theater Arts)

This is an experienced cast and they are uniformly adept at inhabiting their characters’ psyches. (MD Theatre Guide)

…the cast is stellar and the production top-notch. Joe is not interested in Ballyhoo that is until he meets Lala's cousin Sunny, the bookish and smart Madeline Rose. From the cast to the creative design aspects, Theater J's production is as good as it gets. (BroadwayWorld)

 

 

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES at Rep Stage; directed by Jenna Duncan

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“…the women’s-group encounter is especially good as director Jenna Duncan’s performers (Melissa Flaim, Hallie Cooper, Alina Collins Maldonado and Madeline Rose) swap stories and manifesto statements before swearing fidelity forever.” —Washington Post

“There is assured, colorful work from the rest of the cast…Director Jenna Duncan never pushes the polemical, but keeps her focus firmly on the personal, drawing beautifully shaded performances from a close-knit cast.” — Baltimore Sun 

Rounding out the capable cast are Madeline Rose, Hallie Cooper, Melissa Flaim and Anderson Wells. —Broadway World

"...and Madeline Rose shine in a variety of small, but pivotal roles." — DC Theatre Scene  

“…and Madeline Rose all take on multiple roles throughout the performance, each having a well-defined and distinguished set of characteristics that keep their characters individually separated from one another without bleed-through or carryover.” -- TheatreBloom 

NO SISTERS at Studio Theatre (world premiere written/directed by Aaron Posner; u/s -- performed)

 

"[Madeline Joey Rose], an understudy, was spectacular in the role of Natásha. Her "mad" scene where she exhibited just how much she simultaneously hates and loves her husband, was performed with just the right mix of passion and silliness." -- TheaterMania

 

HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES at Mosaic Theater Company (world premiere); directed by Serge Seiden

Photo by Stan Barouh

Photo by Stan Barouh

“The pace is light and quick and the tone is consistently thoughtful, thanks to a savvy cast that easily takes to Chisholm’s script of goading taunts and electric questions. The naivete that Madeline Joey Rose brings to Clementine, the white girl who’s interested in Marquis, is both fetching and alarming.” -- Washington Post 

“…we are reminded that behind the stereotype are young women just as unsure of themselves as anyone. As Marquis' crush Clementine, Madeline Joey Rose offers a sympathetic portrayal of someone whose love is colorblind, or so she thinks. Chisholm wisely leaves it to you to decide whether she's sincere, or just fooling herself.” --Broadway World

“The play showcases incredible talent from its eight-person cast.” -- MD Theatre Guide                     

 

 

 

TAME. by Jonelle Walker at WSC Avant Bard (World Premiere); directed by Angela Kay Pirko

Photo by DJ Corey Photography

Photo by DJ Corey Photography

“Madeline Joey Rose is affecting and poignant as Bea, who yearns for Patrick’s affections. A stellar cast. --MD Theatre Guide

“Lange, Rose, and Stange circle them in characters just as deep and nuanced so that you don’t know whether to label them accomplices in Cat’s demise or victims in Patrick’s scheme. They are all brilliant. And, as a cast, they hold your gaze hostage when you most want to look away.” -- DC Theatre Scene

“Rose shows real distinction as an actress in the role of Bea, as she struggles for what she fondly imagines will be her future happiness.” -- DC Metro Theater Arts

“The rest of the cast, Madeline Joey Rose as Bea, Brendan Edward Kennedy as Patrick, Karen Lange as Mama and John Stange as Daddy, were extraordinary.”- Broadway World

 

 

YEAR OF THE ROOSTER by Olivia Dufault at Single Carrot Theatre (Regional Premiere); directed by Dustin C.T. Morris

"As a McDonald’s employee, she brings real sensitivity, to a role that could easily have come off as a caricature. What makes her performance so funny, is how truthful she plays it. As a chicken, well, I didn’t balk at her in a suit of feathers…The most tender moment I have seen in a theatre all year is the love scene between the rooster and the hen in this play. You could have heard a pin drop.  (Don’t ask. Don’t judge. Just go see it.)" -- DC Metro Theater Arts

"A well-matched ensemble claws through "Year of the Rooster" in dynamic fashion…[Gil] is buffeted continually by Philipa, the cocky, street-talking McDonald's manager and would-be romantic interest, a role inhabited with considerable flair by Madeline Joey Rose (she waddles gamely into the role of the hen as well)." -- Baltimore Sun

"Showcasing impressive versatility, Rose exemplifies just how sharp a contrast she can create between this frenetically high-strung character and that of the almost immobile chicken Lucky Lady. With a painstakingly slow approach to the chicken, the juxtaposition of these two polar opposites is remarkable." -- Theatre Bloom

"Even though they’re all so easy to laugh at, this phenomenal cast makes you realize that this is someone’s reality." -- Baltimore Style  

 

 

 

 

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Brave Spirits Theatre; directed by Charlene V. Smith

Photo by Claire Kimball

Photo by Claire Kimball

“Rose, playing the Soothsayer and Pompey, is a young actress with incredible mastery of Shakespeare's verse. Her Soothsayer is like a cat meditating on its name, closely inspecting her paw, while her Pompey is a force of personality that merits the wary attention of the Roman Triumvirate of Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus.” — Shakespearances.com

"The ensemble that surrounds Lefkow and Carlson bring their own unmistakable imprint to the production. Roles that struck me are those by Madeline Joey Rose as the rebellious Pompey, [who] has a strut and don’t mess with me attitude. She has a confident air about her." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

"The Triumvirate has met to face Sextus Pompey, played with tremendous intensity by Madeline Joey Rose. (Rose also plays a soothsayer, with a much more internalized but no less potent intensity.)...Burrows and Music Director Zach Roberts have created a percussion soundtrack to the show: the initial blackout is accompanied by a pounding beat that sets the tone of the show from its very first moments." —TheatreBloom

 

IN BETWEEN THE DROPS & ADAM'S TEMPTATION at Source Festival DC; directed by Kevin Place

Photo by Teresa Wood

Photo by Teresa Wood

"Madeline Joey Rose (Ms. Shafer) is exquisite as an actress in Officer Grey’s (Mediombo Fofana) interrogation room. She gives a layered, dumbfounding account of a potential crime." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

“Rose is fabulous in this, carefully parsing out self-discovery as she reveals details of the event.” -- DC Theatre Scene

“Rose is a true standout” -- DC Metro Theater Arts