Reviews

Praise for Phèdre:

“Tiffany Bedwell’s deliciously histrionic performance puts the drama in this drama queen.” – * * * Chicago Tribune 

“To say Tiffany Bedwell’s performance as Phèdre is arresting would be understatement: it’s hard to imagine a more invested and varied embodiment of one overwhelmed by forbidden and unrequited lust. Highly Recommended.”
– Chicago Critic

“Bedwell’s performance is an impressive reminder that just because an actress maintains an extreme emotional state for seventy-five minutes doesn’t mean she won’t find a varied and nuanced way of expressing it. . . Bedwell’s performance is the lynchpin. . . Highly Recommended.”
– Around the Town Chicago

“Trap Door . . . is the site of perhaps the greatest Chicago theater success in the last quarter century . . .Highly Recommended.”
– Chicago Reader

Praise for No Matter How Hard We Try:

“Bedwell and Pilch play off each other with a dash of sitcom energy, as if Lucy and Ethel accidentally wandered into Maxim Gorky’s ‘The Lower Depths.'”
-Chicago Tribune

Praise for Watch on the Rhine:

” . . . a lovely turn by Tiffany Bedwell. “
– Chicago Stage Standard

Praise for The Unveiling/ Dozens of Cousins:

” . . . succeeds thanks to the stellar performances of Tiffany Bedwell and Kevin Cox . . . . “
– Chicago Tribune

“[The] laser-sharp cast turn 65 minutes of increasing irrationality into a giddy psychological thrill ride.”
– Chicago Reader

Praise for The Arsonists:

“Tiffany Bedwell is elegantly peculiar as Mrs. Biedermann, realizing lovely layers to a potentially one-dimensional character. . . Four Stars.”
-Chicago Stage Review

“Tiffany Bedwell shrieks and smokes with aplomb as . . . Babette.”
-Chicago Theater Beat

“I was rather transfixed by the sheer quality of acting on display . . . . Recommended.”
-New City Stage

” . . . a magical theatrical experience that begs to be seen. . . . The acting and clowning plus the weirdly fine music made Trap Door’s production sizzle. . . . The Arsonists is a must see event.”
-ChicagoCritic.com

“Trap Door Theater ensemble has come out in force for ‘The Arsonists’ . . . . Altogether, it’s breathtaking. The set, costume, sound, props: all impeccable . . . . [T]his show is a wonder, and deserving of the highest accolades and attention . . . . [E]xcellent theater.”
-Centerstage

Praise for Anger/Fly:

“[David Steiger] is well-matched with Tiffany Bedwell as his wife, who wears a perpetually bright, perky, Teflon smile — until she doesn’t. It’s a gas watching them . . . . ”
– Chicago Tribune

” . . . [T]he performances [are] so charismatic—even seductive—that I would’ve been transfixed under any circumstances.”
– Chicago Reader

“Nobody has sardonic smiles down pat quite like the raucous, challenging, giddy ensemble over at Trap Door Theatre.”
– Time Out Chicago

” . . . a visceral and truly stunning experience. This is Theatre of the Absurd done right . . . . [T]he ensemble absolutely shines and deserves mention by name: Tiffany Bedwell, Casey Chapman, Anya Clingman . . . . “
– Stage and Cinema

“The deliciously deranged ensemble takes on the madness at full throttle . . . . Stellar performances by the entire cast . . . . Four Stars.”
– Chicago Stage Review

” . . . [E]xtremely funny, thanks in large part to the actors’ silent-film-style intensity and deftness at rapidly oscillating between comedy and deadly seriousness.”
– New City Stage

” . . . the nine-person cast engenders rapt attention through their captivating performances.”
– Chicago Theater Beat

Praise for Jungle of Cities:

” . . . a most engaging and powerful tour de force production by eleven of the strongest non-Equity actors in Chicago. It is a masterwork of the highest order, one that begs to be witnessed . . . . This is one of the best show[s] of the year!”
– ChicagoCritic.com

“The performances in Truax’s excellent staging are stylized but burn with intensity, giving the piece an air at once restrained and savage.” – Time Out Chicago

” . . . strong performances and adept direction.”
– Chicago Theater Beat

Praise for A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians:

” . . . inspired performances from the entire cast (especially Tiffany Bedwell as the chameleon-like pregnant girl, equal parts victim and monster).”
– New City Stage

” . . . [Kevin] Cox and [Tiffany] Bedwell dive in fearlessly, and the combustible chemistry they share made it impossible for me to stop watching, even during the most unpleasant sequences.”
– Chicago Tribune

“Romanians stars the always busy and never less than excellent [Kevin] Cox . . . and [Tiffany] Bedwell, whose silhouette and alert-but-weary vulnerability uncannily recalls Trap Door legend Nicole Wiesner. . . . Their wicked chemistry draws you in even as the playwright dares you to run screaming the other way.”
– Time Out Chicago

“Trap Door Theatre, which has made a specialty of producing avant-garde work from eastern Europe, brings first-rate ensemble acting and striking minimalist, multimedia design to Dorota Maslowska’s intriguing 2006 black comedy.”
– Chicago Reader

“The ensemble is amazing.”
– Chicago Stage Review

“The cast is all together exceptional with particularly spellbinding performances delivered by Kevin Cox, Tiffany Bedwell, Marzena Bukowska and Kinga Modjeska.”
– Chicago Stage Review

Praise for The Unconquered:

“Beata Pilch’s production is pitiless and sharp, with extraordinary performances by Tiffany Bedwell as Girl and Kevin Lucero Less as Soldier.”
– Chicago Reader

The performances are thoroughly engaging, particularly [Tiffany] Bedwell’s febrile teen . . . .”
– Chicago Tribune

“Trap Door has amassed a solid, savvy acting and design team.”
– Time Out Chicago

“The impeccable ensemble churns out the insanity with unflinching focus and impeccable characterizations. There is NOTHING natural about this production and the cast delivers the toxic artificial ingredients to bizarre perfection.”
– Gay Chicago Magazine

“Highly Recommended!”
– ChicagoCritic.com

Praise for The Lion in Winter:

“One of the finest shows in recent seasons, not just in Chicagoland but in all of America.”
The Wall Street Journal

“The cagey characters, whose duplicity, betrayals, manipulations and infidelities make the dysfunctional Westons ofAugust: Osage County look like the adoring Norwegians in “I Remember Mama.”
Daily Herald

“To witness the rip-roaring spectacle in all its treacherousness and self-destruction you need only head to Writers’ Theatre for this zesty revival.”
Chicago Sun-Times

Praise for The Beastly Bombing:

“an enthusiastic and lovable cast of lunatics… that might just help you laugh your way through the nightly news.”
-After Dark Chicago

“truly ingenious”
-The Chicago Tribune

Praise for Eva Peron:

“Tiffany Bedwell is an erotic, multi-tasking wonder as Eva’s supposedly loyal nurse. She sparks with jealous fervor and the righteous indignation of the underprivileged.”
– Chicago Free Press

“the sharp, mercurial cast maneuver through Copi’s demanding script with mischievous grace”
-Chicago Reader

“the punk-rock stuff of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s nightmares”
-Timeout Chicago

“Nobody this side of Lake Michigan, does nihilistic debauchery with the howling, hyper sexualized panache of the Trap.”
-UR Chicago Magazine

Praise for Avenue A:

“It’s smartly directed by Bradley M. Bartolo in the company’s casual Pilsen storefront and features a quartet of strong performances . . . . Joey (an electrifying Garrett Prejean) is a former con living with his injured brother, Chickie, and desperately trying to jump-start his life on the outside, despite a few obvious “quirks,” as his sweet-but-naive Italian girlfriend Rosa (a disarming Tiffany Bedwell) calls them.”
– Chicago Tribune

Praise for History of a Handgun:

” . . . especially strong performances [from] Ann Sonneville as a wraithlike Iraq War vet and Tiffany Bedwell as her estranged gal pal . . . .”
– Time Out Chicago

Praise for Blasted:

“. . . [T]his unbelievable ensemble’s grasp of the subject matter, the theme and mood and their command of character (each dialect perfect thanks to the work of Tiffany Bedwell), sets A Red Orchid’s production far above that of most other theaters.”
– Centerstage Chicago

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