Reviews

 

Ondine by Katherine Sherman
directed by Rob Melrose
The Cutting Ball Theatre

“Waldman plays a water nymph learning her way around the human world perfectly. Her innocence and almost childlike enthusiasm in learning words such as “tea,” “cozy,” and the names of different body parts is a stunning reminder of what it feels like to fall in love–the world unfurling in front of you endlessly. This passion turns heartbreaking when Hildebrand leaves, and Waldman’s portrays Ondine’s spiral into loneliness with just as much enthusiasm.”

Analyssa Lopez, The Stanford Arts Review

“... the play soon becomes something of a marathon for her. She rarely leaves the stage, and unspools increasingly ambitious mouthfuls of poetry in nursery rhyme meter that eventually sounds quite beautiful.”

Adam Brinklow, SF Edge

“...performed with athletic grace and playfully sensual intensity by Jessica Waldman and Kenny Toll..”

Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle

“That story is told winningly by Jessica Waldman and Kenny Toll. As Ondine, Waldman exudes infectious curiosity and excitement. Life on land is new to her, and it is thrilling to watch her discover the joys of everything from baking to tea cozies to metaphysics”

Ilana Walder-Biesan, Stark Insider

“Jessica Waldman as Ondine and Kenny Toll as Hildebrand give outstanding performances; they have great chemistry together. Jessica Waldman displays contagious inquisitiveness and excitement…”

Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway

“Both of the key actors bring intense energy, a sense of spontaneity, and a walloping amount of tragic naiveté to Ondine and Hildebrand.”

Theatre Eddys

“Jessica Waldman as the mermaid Ondine and Kenny Toll as the alchemist knight Hildebrand are sweetly enchanting.”

DogMom’s Dish

 

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Lynne Soffer
Stanford Repertory Theater

 

"Jessica Waldman’s Cecily stands her ground against Gwendolen, fencing with the words and phrases generously furnished by Wilde. Waldman plays the role with inner strength and resilience surfaced with an agile wit."

Jim Strope, SF Community Theatre Examiner

"Jessica Waldman brings sweetness edged with lacerating single-mindedness to Cecily, an 18-year-old with a plan (why else would she be keeping a diary filled with fiction but for eventual publication?)"

Chad Jones, Palo Alto Weekly

 

Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard
Directed by Rush Rehm
Stanford Repertory Theater

 

"Emma is the most extreme of individuals. As the youngest sibling, her imagination is the most radical, the most dangerous character in the play. Jessica Waldman's Emma is on fire with a broad and deep range of gestural and vocal expression, opposing everyone at every opportunity, astonishing to watch. She is intensely mercurial, sexually self-centered, physically self-assured, demanding, mockingly romantic, everything you would want in a dramatic character. Waldman amplifies the energy level of every scene."

Jim Strope, SF Community Theatre Examiner

"As the messed-up daughter, Emma, Jessica Waldman is simply bewitching. As in: Is she actually a witch? This little dynamo in black pigtails is a kissing cousin to another little pigtailed psychopath, Rhoda, of "The Bad Seed" fame. Waldman uses sullen looks, nasty, unkind remarks and a fierce anger to bully her mother and even her brother, Wesley, to gain the upper hand."

Joanne Engelhardt, San Jose Mercury News