Each of our three actors is masterful in creating this me...Maria Giere Marquis is a marvel as the blind Frankie...Never do we suspect that she is anything but sightless, but always are we enthralled by Frankie’s abilities to see things the rest of us miss... Ms. Marquis ensures that we believe these are not lines in a script but are the real-time insights of the remarkable girl and lady she portrays. With a body that bravely bolts across rooms or crumples into a mushy ball or leaps from floor to the sky as if propelled, her Frankie is fascinating and always fresh with nuance and expression.
...it’s literally impossible not to watch Marquis’ portrayal of the blind Frankie. She plays her as physically brave, willing to jump off freight trains and into rivers hand-in-hand with Davey. Though she can’t see, she nevertheless seems fearless and brave — solid acting indeed.
…after having played Viola in Twelfth Night and now Rosalind, she’s become expert at playing girls dressed as boys. She’s believable in both parts and never lets us lose sight of the love-struck girl who makes a passable boy in a newsie cap. She’s charming, and her relationship with Lenarsky’s Celia never fails to keep the action grounded in affection.
Maria Giere Marquis is such a chameleon that she becomes almost unrecognizable, and we are entranced by her ability to reveal the inner turmoil of love, deception, and gender confusion.
But the real show-stealer here is Maria Giere Marquis as Alex’s girlfriend, Ellen… Saying that Marquis “gets” this character does not begin to communicate the depth to which she inhabits the role. She lands every punchline — not just the joke, but the sting behind it — then turns on a dime to show us real vulnerability beneath the determinedly ironic exterior.
Maria Giere Marquis plays the Christian moral and scholastic exemplar with her own secrets; she shone in ‘Of Dice and Men,’ and her transformations of character make you shake your head to remember it’s the same actor.
But it is Maria Giere as the cross-dressing, love-smitten Viola who displays the most range — from her ballsy attempts to fully inhabit her disguise as the page Cesario to her cringing attempts to have her beloved Orsino see through it.