Press

"An impressive blend of chutzpah and vulnerability"
 

April 2017
Iago's Plot
Conceived and directed by Shozo Sato; written by Leslie Baker, Robert Clingan, Carl Freundel, and Robert Moor; supervised by Juanita Rockwell
Illinois Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL

"Jessica Kadish faced an enormous challenge to come onstage by herself and deliver the opening monologue in tones highly modified from her normal speech. She lowered her voice to a guttural range and nearly bellowed her grief. It was astounding and impressive, and although it was surprising enough to elicit some titters from the audience, she continued unfazed. I realized from the playbill that I have actually seen every play she has performed with Illinois Theatre, and her range and professionalism are something that I have just come to expect. That in itself says a lot, but she deserves recognition, especially for being the first to draw blood in front of an audience who may not have been entirely prepared for what she handed them."

-Rebecca Knaur, Smile Politely. Read the full review here.

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February 2017
Failure: A Love Story
By Philip Dawkins, directed by J.W. Morrissette
Illinois Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL

"Each of the Fail sisters is unique and exquisitely embodied by a trio of brilliant actors...Jenny June (Jessica Kadish), the “middlest,” is a tough-talking competitive lake swimmer."

-Mathew Green, Smile Politely. Read the full review here

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October 2016
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
By Anne Washburn, directed by Lisa Gaye Dixon
Illinois Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL

"The 10 actors are vibrant and assume multiple roles. All can sing, dance and ham it up as required. They are an effective team."

-Rosemary Laughlin, The News-Gazette. Read the full review here.

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February 2016
Kingdom City
By Sheri Wilner, directed by JW Morrissette
Illinois Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL

"Jessica Kadish delivers as Miriam, displaying an impressive blend of chutzpah and vulnerability."

-Tricia Stiller, The News-Gazette. Read the full review here. 

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Written by Anne Washburn. Directed by Lisa Gaye Dixon. Choreography by Aaron R. White. Music direction by Cara Chowning. Scenic design by Jaclyn Zimmerman. Costume design by Nicole Zausmer. Lighting design by Michael Shoaf. Sound design by Tyler Stewart Knowles. Technical direction by Robert Jenista. Stage manager Chenglin Xin. L to R: Elana Weiner-Kaplow, Jordan Coughtry, Allie Wessel, Ethan Perry, Esther Rose Fishbein, Jessica Kadish, Nick Lannan, Ellen Magee, and Chris Khoshaba. Photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Written by Anne Washburn. Directed by Lisa Gaye Dixon. Choreography by Aaron R. White. Music direction by Cara Chowning. Scenic design by Jaclyn Zimmerman. Costume design by Nicole Zausmer. Lighting design by Michael Shoaf. Sound design by Tyler Stewart Knowles. Technical direction by Robert Jenista. Stage manager Chenglin Xin. L to R: Elana Weiner-Kaplow, Jordan Coughtry, Allie Wessel, Ethan Perry, Esther Rose Fishbein, Jessica Kadish, Nick Lannan, Ellen Magee, and Chris Khoshaba. Photo by Darrell Hoemann.