REVIEW: ANTIGONE PRESENTED BY THE GIRLS OF ST. CATHERINE'S
THE NERDS OF COLOR
"Mercier’s Marilyn serves as...the one who propels the story forward...To make this work, you need an actress with a great depth of emotion, conflict, and flat out puppy dog love sickness, and Mercier came through in a tremendous way with some truly fantastic monologues that go through all the stages."
"There are musical numbers, including...an absurdly funny girl group ditty performed by Prospero’s loyal nymph, Ariel (the graceful, impish Janelle Velasquez), and her companions (Julia de Avilez Rocha and Emma Mercier).
"And speaking of magic, for Shakespeare’s scene where three classical goddesses sing blessings, Ms. Kaminski has Ariel (Janelle Velasquez) and her two attendants (Emma Mercier and Julia de Avilez Rocha) appear instead as a circa-’60s girl group...It’s a brave new world that has such goddesses in it."
"Emma Mercier was spot on with her depiction of the annoying vibrancy and misguided energy of Lydia, the youngest and most volatile sibling. Essentially running amuck, loudly as possible, her role accurately chronicles what happens when you keep having kids."
"Special mention also goes to the cast's one non-Equity performer, Emma Mercier, who provides loopy Lydia and hilariously imperious Lady Catherine with extremely different physicalities and vocal mannerisms."
"Mr. Bennett, Mrs. Bennett, and Lydia were fantastic. This version lent a more endearing tone to these typically unsympathetic characters...Emma Mercier brought the vivacity of 14-year-old Lydia, reminding us that immaturity and her young desire to simply be part of the games her older sisters played. She was also stellar as Lady Catherine DeBourgh, attired in widow’s weed fused with a Maleficent style."
"Emma Mercier is extraordinary in her portrayal of the haughty and scathing Mrs. Rafi... Mercier settles into the role so exquisitely that she dictates the humor and freneticism that carries the play from the realm of tropic, into one of utterly compelling."
"The titular star-crossed lovers, played by Levi Duncan and Emma Mercier, both gave workmanlike performances and I thought they especially shone in my favorite scene, when Juliet is on the balcony and Romeo ascends to her."
"First off, let me tell you that this girl is a powerhouse. Small but mighty - more than I can possibly say. Her presence shocks me every time I have the honor of watching her. Her attention to detail and her constant strive for new additions to Carrie is so refreshing. Each time I watch her, I am covered in goosebumps. She has really brought the character of Carrie to life."
"Jimmy is a dreamer, too, who’s madly in love with the town floozy, Snookie Updegraff (Emma Mercier), an apparently wealthy girl who wears a red hat and has an eye for the boys and tortures them by teasing without mercy."