Rachel Weinberg, Broadway World
Teatro Vista's cast is first-rate and owns every moment of the piece. In terms of timeliness and emotional impact, THE MADRES demands to be seen. This is one of the strongest productions I've seen recently in terms of its ability to command raw emotion; it is impossible to leave THE MADRES without feeling deeply for the characters on the stage.
Elaine Mura, Splash Magazine
"THE MADRES is a compelling portrayal of a tattered democracy, hope lost, and justice abandoned. But it is also a potent picture of human resilience in the face of hopeless odds. Above all, it is a formidable illustration of what humanity – and being human – is all about. Regardless of your political preferences, this is a must-see production which will trigger thought long after the final scene."
Neal Weaver, Stage Raw
"Walker’s play begins in a fairly conventional way but builds up a strong head of steam as it progresses, culminating in in a harrowing, gut-wrenching climax."
Eric A. Gordon, People's World
"It’s strong political theater that should not be missed. But don’t misunderstand: It’s also just strong theater, period."
Gil Kaan, Broadway World
"Playwright Stephanie Alison Walker's very smart script with her depictions of her two leading ladies would be dream roles for any Latina actress looking to sink her teeth into a meaty part."
"The Madres involves and mesmerizes."
Alisa Hayashida, South Pasadenan
"Walker’s characters certainly strike a chord; there is an authenticity to these stories that make the experience a visceral one."
"Walker manages to find humor and yes, hope."
THE ART OF DISAPPEARING
Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
"...both Walker's play and director Ann Filmer's staging take a fresh and mostly unsentimental approach to the question of how much forgetting and forgiving we need to do in times of crisis."
Zach Freeman, Newcity Stage
"Director Ann Filmer brings to life this inner familial turmoil with Stephanie Alison Walker’s strong and disturbing play “The Art of Disappearing, ” premiering at the delightfully intimate 16th Street Theater."
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"In Stephanie Alison Walker’s fierce and troubling play, “The Art of Disappearing” — now in its world premiere at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater under the expert direction of Ann Filmer (whose recent hit was the Remy Bumppo production of “The Clean House”) — that realization assumes downright harrowing and tragic proportions as an already troubled daughter is confronted by the knowledge that her willful and still beautiful mother is suffering from early onset dementia."
"Walker’s play is full of surprises. And it is rooted in the kind of harrowing truths few people want to confront."