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THE GREAT GATSBY AT ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY 2012


“Monette Magrath shines as Daisy Buchanan, imbuing her with an energy that makes her simultaneously wonderfully alive and desirable, but dangerously on the edge of a breakdown.” Dave Irwin, Tucson Sentinel


“Wonderful performances from the cast, particularly Monette Magrath as Daisy, the effervescent Southern belle pursued by Gatsby.” Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic


“Monette Magrath has a challenging role as Daisy Buchanan. Daisy appears flighty, giddy and perhaps a tad shallow. But there’s great sadness and great hope just under the surface. Magrath captures this character of contradictions and makes it clear why Gatsby and everyone she meets seems to fall in love with her.”  Kathleen Allen, Arizona Daily Star


“Acted within an inch of its life…The cast is consistently strong, and several performances are standouts –Monette Magrath is an affectingly coy Daisy.” Robert Pela, KJZZ 91.5


“An outstanding cast, each member managing to inject a sense of freshness into characters that have been known to many of us for years. Despite a feeling of familiarity when seeing names like Tom and Daisy Buchanan on stage again, every player in this new ATC production has managed to infuse a refreshing sparkle to each of Fitzgerald’s famous characters. It’s like meeting them for the first time.” David Appleford, KEZ 99.9fm



DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS AT A NOISE WTHIN THEATRE COMPANY 2011


“Magrath’s fiery characterization—part temptress, part desperate woman in love—is forceful and credible.” Les Spindle, Backstage West


“The performances are excellent…Jason Dechert and Monette Magrath burn up the stage with their incandescent sexual passion.” Pauline Adamek, LA Weekly


“Magrath is outstanding as Abbie, who not only convinces in the early, cold manipulative scenes and brings her character's passion to hot-blooded life but also makes it clear why Abbie does the things she does. Magrath finds the reality in every scene and this always ups the dramatic stakes--it's a superb performance.” Terry Morgan, LAist


“Magrath has simply never been better than she is as Abbie, revealing such sultry seductivness, it’s no wonder father and son find themselves hooked by her Hitchcock blonde allure.” Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA


“Monette Magrath does well walking the tightrope between making Abbie too calculating and not calculating enough.” Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star News


“Monette Magrath makes for a compellingly twisted and mysterious Abbie Putnam, equally hungry for the land, and more than equal to any sexual qualms on the part of Eben. She seduces us with her forthright ambition—even as she seduces her new stepson.” Mark Porter Zasada, LA Opening Nights



SILENT SKY  WORLD PREMIERE AT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY 2011


“The plucky Henrietta, (is) brought to luminous life by a never-better Magrath…in Monette Magrath, playwright Gunderson has found her ideal, irresistible leading lady.” Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA


“As Henrietta Leavitt, the luminescent Magrath has plenty of charm and witty choices to make for a truly likable central focus.” Michael L. Quintos, Broadway World.com


“The cast, headed by Monette Magrath as Henrietta, is first rate.”   Jordan Young, LA Arts Examiner


“Magrath is at her best in scenes with Cottrell; the sister relationship, filled with rivalry and bitterness as well as love, is believable and fascinating.” Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register


“Well-acted…Magrath is upbeat and makes the most of her characterization.” Melinda Schupmann, Backstage West


“Ms. Magrath was the most pleasant to watch when she exhibited the character’s wonder at the sky, and was downright funny when thrown for a loop by love.” Lizzie Bennet, Orange County Reader


“Monette Magrath gives a very watchable performance. Her interactions with her professional colleagues provide much of the driving force behind the often intellectual action in the show.”  Brian, Out West Arts


“Monette Magrath stars as Leavitt…She well captures the burning fire and torments of our heroine.”  Robert Palmer OCBJ


“Thesp Monette Magrath portrays Leavitt as a spunky lass undeterred by deafness and prejudice” Bob Verini, Variety


“The production has Magrath moving…between exacting scientist and never-been-kissed girlishness.” Charlotte Stoudt, LA Times


“Monette Magrath captures Leavitt’s passion for astronomy much as Jody Foster did for Eleanor Arroway in “Contact,” without turning the play into something only a scientist could love. In Magrath’s performance, the audience feels her joy. And the audience, much of it made up of attendees of the 2011 Pacific Playwright’s Festival, gave it a standing ovation.” Oldereyes.com


ON GOLDEN POND AT THE COLONY THEATRE 2011


“Magrath delivers an excellent performance.” Melinda Schupmann, Backstage West


“The cast is just sensational…Magrath brings out Chelsea's layers of insecurity without ever going over the top.” Don Grigware, BroadwayWorld.com


“Monette Magrath turns in a fine performance as the Thayer's aggrieved daughter Chelsea, come to make peace with her father.” Tom Provenzano, LA Weekly


“…L.A.’s finest acting talents, beginning with the incandescent Monette Magrath as Chelsea, whose powerful scenes opposite Linden and Pickles reveal decades of a daughter’s built-up hurt and resentment.”  Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA


“Monette Magrath is excellent.” Cathy Wayne, NoHoArtsDistrict


“Pitch-perfect performances from the entire cast.” Cassandra M. Bellantoni, Glendale News-Press



THE NIGHT IS A CHILD WEST COAST PREMIERE AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE 2009


“Playhouse favorite Monette Magrath (as alpha-lawyer daughter Jane) has that indefinable likeability factor that immediately wins an audience to her side, even when playing as tightly-wound a character as she does here. Magrath keeps Jane’s pain locked within, yet we sense quite rightly that out of sight does not mean out of mind.  When she finally lets it out, the effect is all the more powerful coming from someone as outwardly “in control” as Jane has seemed to be.” Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA


“Finely shaded performances...Magrath is superb.” Frontiers in LA


“Lovely work…Magrath and Pierce share a familial push-pull tension that a damaged younger brother and older sister might well have.” Evan Henerson, Curtain Up


“A first-rate cast...deeply personal and organic.” Terri Roberts, Theatremania


“Sensitive and engaging performances…Lending first-rate support is Monette Magrath as the determined daughter.” Les Spindle, Backstage West


“A fine cast…each of the actors did a splendid job.” Candyce Columbus, LA Theater Examiner


“Affecting…genuinely felt. Magrath and Pierce create a funny, credible sibling bond.” Charlotte Stoudt, The Los Angeles Times



MAURITIUS  WEST COAST PREMIERE AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE 2009


“Mary is played with Laura Linney coolness by Monette Magrath” Charles McNaulty, The Los Angeles Times


“Coming out with all guns blasting, Monette Magrath creates a perfect retro parody...of a domestic and desirable earth momma circa mid-1950s...Magrath’s Mary just glows blonde.” Laurence Vittes, The Hollywood Reporter


In Monette Magrath, “we sense the price Mary has paid for her tenuous self-possession.” Bob Verini, Variety


“Magrath is wonderful...harboring surprises of her own.” Les Spindle, Backstage West


“Just the right cast...Monette Magrath’s fine, upstanding diligence offers just the right timbre of jarring counterpoint to the seamy tale.” Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star News


“One of the best plays of the year with one of the finest ensemble performances to date.” Jose Ruiz, Reviewplays.com



“JAKE’S CLOSET” 2008


"Monette Magrath, who resembles Laura Dern, has a tough task to make her manipulative character relatively likable, but she proves to in a revealing scene..." George Schmidt, Moviefreak.com


"This naked honesty by (writer/director)Ryan and this immensely talented cast in their performances, is impetus enough to hope for more." Rory L. Aronsky, FilmThreat.com

"The film showcases top-notch acting from the entire cast...a remarkable and important film that is perfect on so many levels; it belongs in every film-lover’s DVD collection.” Li Ping Lin, Buzzine.com


ENCHANTED APRIL AT ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY 2008

“Lady Caroline Bramble is played by the vogue, beautiful, and sensuous Monette Magrath.” Nicholas Connell, AZ Weekly Magazine


Monette Magrath is “excellent.” Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic


“A flapper with a tragic romantic past…Monette Magrath's Lady Caroline has an undercurrent of sadness. A fine ensemble. “ James Reel, Tucson Weekly


“Magnificent Acting…as the risqué flapper, Lady Caroline, Monette Magrath faced her despair and losses in life and gained new strength.”Paula Shulak, Theatre Maven




THE NIGHT IS A CHILD WORLD PREMIERE AT MILWAUKEE REP 2008


“As played by Monette Magrath, Jane, who is straitlaced and always in-charge, makes a believable transformation to a less rigid personality.” Anne Siegel, Total Theatre


“Monette Magrath’s Jane and Tyler Pierce’s Brian capture sibling rivalry…they save not only their mother but also themselves.” Peggy Sue Dunigan, Vital Source Magazine


“Compelling.” Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee


As Jane, Monette Magrath is “tightly wound and controlling …attempting to come to terms with her brother's crime.” Damien Jaques, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel




STICK FLY EAST COAST PREMIERE AT THE MCCARTER THEATRE CENTER 2007


“Nuanced, edgy performances by the excellent cast” Naomi Siegel, The New York Times


“Magrath is beautifully restrained as the white girl in a tempestuous mix....The acting is boldly flavorful and compelling...the well defined cast exhibits cunning insight.” Robert L. Daniels, Variety


“The attractive Magrath holds her own mantel of white-upmanship with esprit de corps.” Simon Saltzman, Curtain Up


“A top-notch cast” Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer


“As Kimber, Monette Magrath is white and also blonde, willowy and patrician to the extreme. She might be easily dismissed as a trendy, shallow-minded rich girl and trophy date. But as the action progresses, we see that she can hold her own with the others and spar with the best of them...She’s more complex, more nuanced than she first appears to be...A uniformly fine cast that’s more than up to the challenge.” Home News Tribune


“Magrath successfully develops from a one-dimensional mouthpiece of intrusive rich white liberal perspective into a more sympathetic figure, as complex as her African American lover and his family.” Donald Gilpin, Princeton Town Topics




THE CONSTANT WIFE AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE 2007


“Monette Magrath scores as Constance's sister, Martha.” Evan Henerson, Los Angeles Daily News


Monette Magrath “contributes slick support.” Neal Weaver, LA Weekly


“As the bitchy flapper sister—an adorable Monette Magrath.” Laurence Vittes, The Hollywood Reporter


Monette Magrath does a “vibrantly outraged take on Constance’s sister.” Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star News




THE ICE-BREAKER AT LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE 2007


”Sensitively and beautifully performed by its two actors…believably true to life.

It is almost literally a dance as the two characters venture toward and back away from each other. Magrath impressively delivers science-jargon-laden phrases in giddy torrents.” Daryl H. Miller,     The Los Angeles Times


“The Ice-Breaker features two strong, yet nuanced, characters who deserve our undivided attention. On stage, Magrath seems like a real human being. She is propelled by Sonia’s endless hot air, which is sometimes a bluster, other times a breeze.” David Wielenga, OC Weekly


“Sonia (Monette Magrath) bursts into Lawrence's world like a miniature hurricane. Magrath conveys Sonia's quirky charms, and she lets us see enough of her character's underlying ambition that Sonia's more selfish actions are plausible, if not likeable.” Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register


“The performances will astound you. Magrath made Sonia a bundle of energy, high strung, to say the least, but in a way that gets into your heart, not under your skin. She made us understand the double-edged sword of the precociousness of genius: she was bubbly, enthusiastic, and curious, all good qualities for a scientist, all good qualities to set her up for a big fall from jealous cohorts.” James Scarborough, LA Drama Critics Circle Member Review


“A dynamic Monette Magrath as Sonia...flutters like a hummingbird.” Tom Titus, Coastline Pilot


Monette Magrath “is a young, lissome, fiercely idealistic and ambitious grad student...(then) she more or less melts.” Gene Warech, Laguna Beach Independent




PRIVATE LIVES AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE 2005


“Monette Magrath’s Sibyl—with her short, blonde, wavy hair—is the very picture of demure femininity. Yet (she) possesses turbulent depths as well.” Daryl H. Miller, Los Angeles Times


Monette Magrath “stands out.” Joel Hirschhorn, Daily Variety


Monette Magrath “lends strong support as Sibyl.” Jay Reiner, The Hollywood Reporter


“As Elyot’s recently dumped spouse, Sibyl, Monette Magrath displays…more activity beneath her platinum candy-floss wig than one usually sees, making her a worthy adversary.” Wenzel Jones, Backstage West




ENCHANTED APRIL AT CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE 2004


“As the socialite Caroline, Magrath is compelling as she transforms from a cold oft-hurt woman, into a real and feeling person.” Roy Berko, Olmsted-Fairview Times


“Though languid enough to call for a steel corset merely to keep her upright,  Monette Magrath has a curious eccentric quality (as) Lady Caroline.” James Damico, Cleveland Free Times


“Monette Magrath, as Caroline, gets more, huge laughs with a simple “yes” than some performers can get in a page of jokes.” Art Thomas, Cleveland West Life




ENCHANTED APRIL WEST COAST PREMIERE AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE 2004


“As the deceptively flippant Lady Caroline Magrath actually appears to glide across the ground that the other earthbound ladies merely trod.” Julio Martinez, Daily Variety


“As a lazily jet-setting society beauty …the feline Magrath hits the right note of aloof neediness, particularly in an exquisite second act …” Rob Kendt, Los Angeles Times




ALL MY SONS AT LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 2003


“A rock solid production...fortunate in it’s cast” F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times


“Finely etched are Jamison Jones' Chris and Monette Magrath's Ann. Like Romeo and Juliet...giddy in their new romance, tentative in gaining family acceptance, Jones and Magrath steer their characters' rocky course admirably.” Eric Marchese, Orange County Register




THE LARAMIE PROJECT AT LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE 2003


“Critics’ Choice…the versatile actors deliver a powerful recreation of this stage documentary.” Los Angeles Times


“A poignant and intelligently conceived production,” filled with “intimacy and raw passion…These actors bring their own ideas and strengths to the work, and the results are sometimes spectacular. Monette Magrath, the only newcomer to the production,…seems the equal of her peers.” Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register


“The audience was dazzled and invigorated. This production is stunning. The virtuoso actors flit from character to character, probing deeply, at the flick of a light cue. Monette Magrath shines as a buddy of Shepard who invents a public expression for her loyalty.” Gene Warech, Laguna Beach Independent


“Clearly a group of artists at the top of their respective games, telling a story they clearly need to tell. By any definition, this is very, very good theatre.” Joel Beers, OC Weekly


“This powerful, involving theatre piece is now being performed at the Laguna Playhouse, where an opening night audience rose in unison at its conclusion for an extended ovation. The company members each play as many as 14 different characters as they re-create the reaction of Laramie townspeople…regarding the crime. The fluid ease with which the actors slip out of one character and into another is highly impressive. …Magrath as the nervous lead writer on the project, as well as the one who found Shepard’s near lifeless form, completes the company.” Tom Titus, The Coastline Pilot




BOOK OF DAYS AT ARENA STAGE 2003


“Monette Magrath may look the part of a former cheerleader-turned-socialite wife in her pastel sheaths and white gloves. But with one determined thrust of her chin, Magrath conveys her character’s outrage at being asked to swallow lies.” Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun


“Miss Magrath adds depth and shading to the role of town priss.” Jayne Blanchard, The Washington Times


“Equally impressive was the furious monologue from Magrath, who expressed her character’s anger when finding out that her husband was involved in an affair.” Michael Menachem, The Eagle


“The silently suffering Monette Magrath is compelling as she turns explosive when the plot thickens.” Potomic Stages


“Magrath manages a good deal of mileage out of LouAnn as she lets down her conservative guard in response to (her husband’s) philandering.” Metro Weekly


“Arena’s cast is top-notch.” Bob Mondello, Washington City Paper




LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE 2001


“Monette Magrath's intensely conflicted Tourvel does the character proud.” Evan Henerson, Los Angeles Daily News


“Monette Magrath…shows promise.” Michael Phillips,  Los Angeles Times


“As the Vicomte’s greatest challenge, and eventual undoing, Monette Magrath offers up an aura of inner strength and intense emotion which rounds the character out beyond the play’s definition.” Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star News





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