–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
In “Orlando,” Sarah Ruhl’s alternately blithely passionate and playfully satirical adaptation of the gender-flipping 1928 Virginia Woolf novel (a quasi-autobiographical take on her lover, Vita Sackville-West), such transformation is of the essence. It also is what drives every element of director Jessica Thebus’ fleet, fluid, luminous, exquisitely imagined, impeccably realized production for Court Theatre in which the radiantly handsome/beautiful Amy J. Carle gives a fiercely intelligent, physically bold, altogether stellar performance in the marathon title role.
–Ada Grey, Chicago’s up-and-coming 6-year-old theatre reviewer
People who would like this play are people who would like a long amount of kissing, and people that like boys and girls would like this play. You should expect nakedness. You should expect some funniness and some sadness. I laughed twenty five times out loud. When they did Othello, I felt very moved. And when Sasha left I felt very very sorry for Orlando. This play is more hilarious than sad though. ... You should go see this because it is a very good adaptation of Orlando.
–Off Broadway in Chicago
"Orlando" soars! Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando is a wild ride through a whimsical landscape. A place where the individual can thrive without the limitations of time, and where all it takes is a good night's sleep to change you from man to woman.
–Joe Stead, Chicago Stage Style
If this is love there is something highly ridiculous about it." Sarah Ruhl's stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's classic love letter of imaginative fiction, "Orlando" is most assuredly a laughing matter. In this artsy but bewitching fantasia, time and identity play the greatest pranks.