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Shakespeare in Love

“Jon Barker and Whitney Maris Brown are excellent as the ardent playwright and the well-born young lady who longs to break the taboo that prevented women from acting on the stages of Elizabethan England.”

-The Wall Street Journal

“Whitney Maris Brown is wonderful in the spirited and passionate role of Viola de Lesseps.”


“…Viola, played by the luminous Whitney Maris Brown in her first season with the troupe (I hope we’ll see more of her in the future). Even when she’s standing behind a crowd of actors, we can’t help but notice her.”

-NJ Arts Maven

“Brown's Viola succeeds as the divine, inspiring muse, while also presenting a precocious girl unfulfilled by life in the upper-crust.”

-The Star-Ledger

“Whitney Maris Brown postures with finesse in and out of drag as Viola de Lesseps.”


“STNJ newcomer Whitney Maris Brown is one to watch–she’s Viola de Lesseps and the spark in the arc of Shakespeare’s designs…Their chemistry is palpable, and watching them ignite that delectable spark of love is like falling in love yourself.”


“His performance is matched by that of Whitney Maris Brown as Viola, a woman ahead of her times, headstrong, romantic, seeking love and adventure and finding both in the Elizabethan theatre — for a time.”

-Out in NJ

“Barker and Brown are winningly cast as the show’s doomed lovers, with Brown excelling at both de Lessup’s humorous moments and earnest performances of Shakespeare’s tender verse.”


“They are so well performed by Jon Barker as Will and Whitney Maris Brown as Viola that one can understand the passion that pulls Shakespeare out of his writing block allowing him to produce Romeo and Juliet.”

-Let’s go to the Theater

“As Viola, Maris Brown captures the character’s idealism and innocence..”

-Montclair Local

Venus in Fur

"The whole enterprise, however, seems to have been created specifically so that Whitney Maris Brown...could play Vanda.... — and Brown is absolutely mesmerizing —"

-The City Paper

"It was near the end a long audition day, and director Jesse Berger still hadn’t found his Venus...Then Whitney Maris Brown walked in."

“There were a lot of wonderful actresses who came in, but the truth is, Whitney was clearly the one,” Mr. Berger recalls. “And she came in toward the end of the day, and Ted Pappas, the Public’s producing artistic director was with me, and it was like, ‘Phew, we’re OK.’ ”

“When I found out it was going to be Whitney, I happened to be working on a play with a couple of people who knew her and so I did due diligence, and she got these kind of spectacular reviews from all the people who knew or had worked with her,” Mr. Conn said."

-The Post Gazette

"Surely deserving of first mention is Whitney Maris Brown, a comedic sorceress who does not disappoint in the deliciously difficult role of Vanda. Her sense of timing is worth the price of admission alone, but her true power is in how quickly and fully she inhabits the masks she’s asked to wear. Her character shifts are as instantly powerful as the lightning stroke that opens the play, her skill perfectly in tune with playwright Ives’ carefully abrupt comic table-turning...."

"Brown roots every mode of Vanda with a vigor and reality. She embodies the power of life itself to fully be goofy, brash, provocative, imperious, clever, and yet be defined by none of those things. Brown’s performance is joyfully alive, deeply resonant, and riotously funny."

-The PA Theatre Guide

"Whitney Maris Brown is tremendous as Vanda."

  1. -Entertainment Central

"The superb, chameleon-like Whitney Maris Brown shifts between the various registers that the role demands with a seemingly effortless spontaneity, and her acumen as an actor shines through in her character’s lightning-quick intelligence."

-The Pittsburgh Tatler

"Whitney Maris Brown is superb in both roles, shifting seamlessly from one woman to the other and with increasing agility."

"Brown is indeed funny with her chaotic entrance, off-kilter posturing, and “loud talker” NYC voice. Her first Vanda is a delight. Her second emerges through split-second transformations across centuries, illustrating in this one play what an actor manages over multiple theatrical runs. Brown’s ability to shift from one Vanda to the other seamlessly is a joyful testament to the actor’s craft."

"What fun it would be to see this production a second time just to study Brown’s performance."

  1. -Pittsburgh in the Round Review

"Vanda continually breaks character on a dime — a nice piece of work by Ms. Brown — "

"a worthy showcase for [star] Whitney Maris Brown."

-The Post Gazette


"Finally, there’s the seductive, frightening, intimidating, and mesmerizing Whitney Maris Brown’s take on Mrs. Mumler.  She’s got secret after secret and is one of the most interesting characters – and actresses – we’ve seen on a Playhouse stage this season.  Her beauty belies her danger and the charisma of the actress draws us in even when we feel like we should run far away.  It’s a perfect portrayal, really."

  1. -The Sappy Critic

"And so it is a welcome shock when Mumler’s wife (Whitney Maris Brown) bursts onto the scene mere moments before intermission, in an entrance that spellbinds the audience — and the other characters. Think Lily Munster meets Lady Macbeth."

"I am hesitant to ruin any of the surprise around the play’s greatest mystery, so suffice to say that [the playwright] and actress Brown are Summerland’s saving graces. They bring the chills and the intrigue lacking in the first half."

  1. -City Beat

"Playing Mrs. Mumler, Whitney Maris Brown is mesmerizing as the enigmatic and otherworldly wife and possible conspirator."

"Brown is a force of nature as she assails, cajoles and taunts Mr. Tooker, keeping him completely off balance."

  1. -Behind the Curtain Cincy

"And just when you think you know where all this is going, Mrs. Mumler bursts onto the stage with a fearsome and completely over-the-top entrance that left the opening night audience chattering at intermission. We’re not sure if Whitney Maris Brown’s character is possessed or play-acting or if she is completely mad.” 

‘[S]he dominates the stage."

"Brown lets us see every little nuance of this character. Sometimes she is coarse and deceptive. Others, she is totally unnerving or elegant and formal."

- Cincinnati.com