New York Critics Have High Praise for Theatre Alums


Two alumni of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance are appearing in a play in New York City, and the reviews have been terrific. Melissa Lorraine Hawkins appears as "Bernadette" and Andrew Hampton Livingston appears as "Clip" in the production of "I Killed My Mother" at the La MaMa First Floor Theater.

In the New York Times, reviewer Ben Brantley says "Much of the play occurs during Bernadette’s early years at the orphanage, which means that the two adult performers here have the unenviable assignment of portraying little children. Fortunately, Ms. Hawkins and Mr. Livingston forestall the expected whimsy and exaggerated pathos that usually accompany such performances by investing their characters with an immediate and feral fierceness." Mr. Brantley's entire review can be found here.

In Andy Buck's review in Theater Mania, he states "Hawkins is an actor of great vocal, emotional, and physical power who makes us care about her character...Livingston has...a few strong moments of chemistry with Hawkins, particularly in a rare tender passage in which a budding sexual awareness begins to blossom between the two. He is also credited with composing the production's original music, including a truly gorgeous ballad, for which he accompanies himself nicely on the ukulele, and which adds to the show's atmosphere...." Mr. Buck's full review is here.

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