LA Theatre Review
by Danny Rangel~
Yellow Dress, a powerful and brutally honest one-woman show performed by Marissa Lichwick, is an arduous affair for any audience, but ultimately, this show is deserving of great praise.
Lichwick’s story doesn’t need much in the way of props or sets or fancy lights. Yellow Dress is a deeply personal story of a young Korean girl, abused and unwanted by her parents and caretakers, and her journey to a new life as an adopted daughter in the United States. We follow Lichwick through the horrid experience of her very early years in Korea, we laugh alongside her stories of baffling wonderment in America, and we watch as she returns to Korea, a young woman searching for answers.
No doubt, a one-woman show is a gutsy undertaking. But Lichwick is a star. She creates a world unto herself and carries this show the way a solo artist should: with confidence, practice and immense talent. Yellow Dress is not for the faint of heart. Some audience members may find reason to cringe at moments—you may have surmised Yellow Dress is no comedy—but this show is a genuine and satisfying, thanks to Lichwick’s hard work and her compelling life story.
LOVES LABOURS LOST
Marissa Lichwick as Katherine seemed the most natural speaking the Shakespearean lines. It seemed to flow effortlessly from her — as if she grew up speaking Shakespearean English. Performances like hers make it easy to follow along. - Peter Sessum, The Daily
AH MY DEAR ANDERSON at URBAN STAGES
The stars - Snejana Chernova, Nysheva-Starr, Marissa Lichwick and Erica Newhouse --are wonderfully versatile! - Laurel Graeber, New York Times
Snejana Chernova, Marissa Lichwick, Erica Newhouse, and Nysheva-Starr who play all the roles in the Urban Stage production of 'Ah My Dear Anderson. There's a pervading charm and innocence about everything they do that keeps the show in check; the actors play to the kids, but don't play down to them. That makes all the difference, keeping the show interesting and colorful enough for kids without leaving the adults at sea.
- Matthew Murray, talkinbroadway.com
BUTTER MELTS AWAY MY LETTER at LA MAMA ETC....
Marissa Lichwick, Christopher Mehmed and Christopher Wild move nicely together, evoking childish desire one moment and sinewy sexuality the next. - nytheatre.com
"Marissa Lichwick has written a most powerful and moving piece detailing her journey from orphanage in Korea to America and back to Korea to find her past. It is compelling, heelarious and acted brilliantly EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS AMAZING!!!!"
Deborah S. Craig
"The classic coming of age story is not a new one, but the unique manner in which Marissa Lichwick came to become an American and an artist are what makes her one woman show YELLOW DRESS a unique theatrical experience. From her beginnings in an orphanage in Korea to her adoption by an American family, Marissa weaves performance and autobiography into a tapestry of fantasy, humor, pathos and personal growth that delivers a powerful human experience for the audience. Crafted with courage and theatrical panache, YELLOW DRESS is nothing short of inspirational."
- Andrew Tsao, Associate Professor, School of Drama University of Washington; Director, ‘Caroline in the City’, ‘Friends’, Home Improvement to name a few.
"Marissa Lichwick's ability to transform the content and dynamic is what left the greatest impression for me in YELLOW DRESS"
- Marcela Lorca, Movement Specialist, Actress and Professor at the Guthrie Theatre
“Marissa Lichwick is fearless and effortless in her storytelling. She fully embodies every character, leading us through an exciting, inspirational, and extremely touching journey” -Kayla Lian Israel-Ogulnick, Actress
"Marissa Lichwick's kaleidoscopic one girl/one woman tale--peopled with Korean and American "saints and sinners"--turns you on your head. Just when you are about to curse humanity, the wisp of a girl who wears the yellow dress scoops you up and twirls you in another direction--into a world of shining, ever-finding-the-laugh resilience. My world is different after seeing this finely-crafted beautifully acted play-- a "yellow dress" lurks around every corner."
- Cathy Madden, Alexander Technique Trainer and Specialists
"One of the bravest pieces of theatre I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Truly a beautiful human spirit being shared on stage."
- Leslie Shires, Actress, singer, dancer, NYU MFA Acting Graduate
Mesmerizing! A great talent! Emotionally wrenching experience!
Marissa Lichwick succeeds beautifully as she lures her audience into the emotional journey through her childhood in a Korean orphanage, adoption in America, and the return to Korea as an adult to search for her past. This talented young actress has a great future in the theater.
- Charles A. Gregory, Writer/Producer
Adele Gregory, Professional Counselor