Reviews


 


Review for “The Island Of Dr. Moreau”

 

 

Mad Scientist of the South Seas
by RL Nesvet

March 9, 2007



The actors deal admirably with the challenge of playing humans, animals, and everything in between. In particular, Elizabeth Burke portrays both Prentice's prim but gutsy fiancée and the fierce but loving islander Lota as a sharply specific pair of opposites.
 




Review for “The Island Of Dr. Moreau”
 
 

The Island Of Dr. Moreau
reviewed by Richard Hinojosa


I was truly impressed with the vocal characterizations. Cash Tilton leads the cast as Dr. Moreau. Tilton's timing is impeccable and his Moreau is perfectly smug and egotistical. I also particularly liked Aaron Mathias as Prentice and William Greville as Moreau's assistant Montgomery. Elizabeth Burke is rock solid with all of her characters, most notably Lota. Robert Nguyen and Patrick O'Connor hold up their ends as Mungo and the Narrator respectively.

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Review for “Hellcab”
 
 

Arts and Entertainment: Theater
‘Hell Cab’ one hellish ride
by Ruthie Ackerman

November 04, 2005

Elizabeth Burke’s performance outshines the other members of the cast as she switches between characters with agility. She first portrays a sex-starved lawyer throwing herself at the cabbie, then switches to a welfare mother who drunkenly passes out in the backseat of the cab, and finally depicts a woman who has recently been raped by an acquaintance in the most shocking scene of the play…

 

 


Review for “Hellcab”

Hellcab: The Ride of your Life!
 - Anusha Alikhan, Off-Off Broadway Reviewer

…Then there is the rape victim (Elizabeth Burke) who reveals her ordeal to the driver minutes after it occurs. This character is the most dramatic of the players because her experience and pain are so compelling and tangible, one cannot help but recognize the reality that the scene reflects. Burke does an excellent job of conveying tension and loneliness through her quiet resonating delivery.

 

 


Review for “Hellcab”


Review by Seth Bisen-Hersh

The funniest skit for a New York audience was the one with stereotypical New Yorkers, for everyone in the audience could relate. It was harder to relate to the drug or religious addicts, for example, but they still made for amusing scenes. Another highlight was the customer who seduced the driver.

 

 

Review for “Hellcab”

 

Review by Ethan Kanfer

Elizabeth Burke shows remarkable range as a man-eating seducer, a raucous bag lady and — hauntingly - the victim of a violent crime. 

 

 


Review for “The Crucible”

ARTzine

by Louis Lopardi
May 11th 2006

…Elizabeth Proctor was deeply played by Elizabeth Burke, who managed to show depth of spirit or inner fire with a subtle shift of body language and vocal tone.

 

 


Review for “Mrs. California”


Josephine Cashman
March 17, 2006

Best Friend Babs (Elizabeth Burke) is separated from her husband and is clearly dissatisfied with the role of “homemaker” that has been thrust upon her; Babs is fiery, rebellious, and furious, setting up a tragically funny character conflict. Cunningham and Burke do a nice job showing the close friendship and banter between the two women. Mrs. California is a valiant effort with a lot of heart, and River Heights Productions should be praised for being the first company to bring this marvelous play to New York City. The play is remarkably adept at showing how women have been fighting to be treated as individuals for generations, and how “femininity” (and perhaps “feminism”) is an ever-changing concept. It also highlights a very important message—that behind every great woman is another great woman who is her friend.   **EDITOR’S PICK**

 


Review for “Mrs. California”

Mrs. California
March 21, 2006
By Michael Lazan

The plot focuses on Mrs. Los Angeles, who is accompanied to the contest by Babs, her divorced, forward friend, who simultaneously helps and hinders her. River Heights Productions, a small, fairly new company whose work I did not previously know, does a very impressive job turning the script into theatre. Elizabeth Burke (River Heights' managing director) is very convincing as Babs. **EDITOR’S PICK**

 

 


Review for “Catholic School Girls”
 

There's Colleen, an outspoken troublemaker, played with a vibrant energy by Elizabeth Burke (River heights Co-Founder). Ms. Burke brings a smooth banter and likeability to a character that could easily turn bratty; She trades quick-witted charm used on the nuns for ruthless social ambition towards her on again off again nemesis/best friend Wanda Sluska (Blaine M Cook). Her portrayal of Sister Mary Lucille the battle axe of a nun who brings constant dismay to her students was funny, if not sometimes over the top. I worried for the health of the actresses' voice each time she trumpeted a line.

 

 


"Interview"

Written for United Stages by Leonard Jacobs, associate editor at Back Stage.

Children's books last within us—just ask Elizabeth Burke, who formed River Heights Productions after meeting Heather Cunningham and discovering their mutual love of Nancy Drew novels, something shared by Kimberly Greene. The triumvirate aimed to bring the mysteries to the stage and won a 2004 Fringe spot with the idea. Then copyright issues intervened, so the undeterred three read scores of plays to showcase their talents. Casey Kurtii's “Catholic School Girls,” Burke says, is “about girls bonding, about what it takes for them to become women and discover themselves.” Originally produced Off-Broadway in 1982, the '60s-era setting is “a period of life-transforming things—war, hippies, rock 'n' roll—and the point is, whether it’s today or 40 years ago, cultural explosions do happen. Forty years ago, girls bonded over air-raid drills. Now they bond over Iraq. This is about forging friendships—how friendships make you stronger.” These three, after all, should know.