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Perhaps the best actor of this century. Or any century. Yes: the best actor of any century.
For me, the favored thread has always been the young lovers, with Hermia and Helena as the key roles. And here, Meacham has struck casting gold. Klein and Bertch are not among the six Equity professionals in the cast, but their work together is terrific… Bertch is a revelation in her New Jersey stage debut. With long red hair and round, expressive eyes, she has the looks of a model, but isn’t afraid to squish and sour her pretty face as she expresses her envy for the “prettier” Hermia. She’s a gifted physical actress, funny and fearless, with a dazzling gift for motormouthing that won the audience over in her first scene. This is a genuine breakthrough performance, and you can bet your Nick Bottom dollar that she’s got a brilliant future ahead of her.
Felicia Bertch, also known as Woman #2, shifted with ease through each of the different characters that she portrayed. From expectant mother to harassed teacher she was able to convey different mannerisms and personalities through the way that she stood and interacted with the Bradley’s. The change of costume and posture also helped further solidify the differences between her characters. It’s impossible to pick one role that Bertch did exceptionally well on since she made them all so distinctively real. I did thoroughly enjoy seeing her as the simpering, expectant mother who couldn’t tear her eyes away from her kids at the playground and had a vacant, confused look when other parents didn’t want to see 200+ hours of videos of her children. This contrasts strongly with her role as the business executive assistant, with a drawn in expression, slight glare, and rigid posture. I thoroughly enjoyed her portrayals.
Spring was played by Felicia Bertch. There was this song called ‘Millions of Bubbles,’ and she had like a tiny little kid costume on that was not exactly like a kid costume but it was tiny, small and had little tiny feet and arms. And it only had like little tiny shorts. They were golden. Everybody had something that was golden on in the song. And Winter and the girl that played Rita were both little girls in little tiny little costumes too. The song was really funny.
Bertch, who is also joining in the fun at SSG for the first time, is a strong-willed Kate, and her performance especially blossoms in the second act, when she is able to show her range.
“Gemaehlich and Bertch’s performances are stellar. Bertch plays the “cursed Katherine” as an impatient firecracker, but with some impressive Lucille Ball-esque comedy. I especially liked her put-upon Grumpy Cat frowns.”
Bertch initially plays Beatrice as more shrewish than usual, which makes Stephens’ Benedick work a little harder. The payoff is rewarding
Felicia Bertch was strong as Anne Elliot’s bitter older sister, Elizabeth Elliot. Her dryness added both humor and poignancy to her scenes, and even her silences were full of meaning. Bertch communicated an emotional presence full of the pride and bitterness of rejection, but also of the loyalty and sentimentality between sisters.
Bertch is a gifted physical comedienne...
...Felicia Bertch, channeling Katherine Hepburn in her finest Locust Valley lockjaw period, makes a marvelous Mrs. [Antrobus]...
Standing out among this group is Felicia Bertch, who comically channels Katherine Hepburn as Mrs. Antrobus.
Bertch plays her Diane with an edge of fear mixed with mothering care for Houston’s imposing Nat.... Bertch is very watchable