November 17, 2016

"Local audiences are by now familiar with the lead actress, Chloe Dirksen, who was brilliant in last year’s “This Wide Night” at Guild Hall, and who acquits herself well here as Hester, portraying her with a gentle but defiant dignity."

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November 16, 2016

"If Ms. Dirksen is not on all East End playwright’s short list of actors, she should be. Her performance had strength and nuance in the Friday night show I witnessed."

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November 16, 2016

"Right off the bat, the Puritan villagers’ resentment toward Hester (played by the gracious and self-controlled Chloe Dirksen) makes theatergoers wary of this puritanical way of life."

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November 16, 2016

"Some performances are worth mentioning such as Chloe Dirksen as Hester Prynne. She was motherly and unpretentious. Dirksen undertook her role, center of the stage, in a Broadway sized way."

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November 15, 2016

"...the daughter of the infamous yet powerful Hester Prynne played by Chloe Dirksen with power, verb, conscience and fortitude."

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November 15, 2016

"Ms. Dirksen’s portrayal of the long-suffering heroine is impressive. Her composure and self-assuredness in the face of persecution, and her steadfast refusal to name Pearl’s father in the face of pressure, helps her morally rise above those who seek to condemn her — a...

November 14, 2016

"Chloë Dirksen is exceptional as Hester—she’s strong, she’s resilient, she’s the woman we’d all want to be if subjected to such a public shaming. Ms. Dirksen has an expressive face that radiates depth and complexity, qualities she also called on in the role of the grow...

March 23, 2016

"She’s mostly hiding her pain as she leaves, but once she’s out the door there is a final stab of terrible sorrow etched on her face. What was fascinating was that this moment was invisible to the audience, except, by accident, to me. Lorraine is into the hall and gone...

March 23, 2016

 "The premise of the 90-minute stage play, written by British playwright Chloe Moss and locally produced by and starring Chloe Dirksen and Jessica Mortellaro, is daunting enough. The character-driven plot tackles difficult subject matter, providing a revealing and inti...

March 19, 2016

"I loved the way stars Chloë Dirksen and Jessica Mortellaro tackled the meaty roles of Lorraine and Marie, two felons trying to cope with life on the outside. Their portrayals of this pair of women, struggling to survive, were honest, empathetic and kind. I went to sle...

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