BLKS by Aziza Barnes at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; directed by Nataki Garrett

Photo by Teresa Castracane

Photo by Teresa Castracane

“The cast’s acting becomes ever more exhilarating to behold. The entire ensemble is of Helen Hayes-award caliber.” — DC Metro Theater Arts

“The ensemble could not be stronger.” — Broadway World

“Garrett clearly inspires the best in each actor, and it shows in performances from a cast that collectively shines.” — DC Theatre Scene, 5 Stars

“The brilliant cast breathes life into their counterparts.” — Washington City Paper

“The personalities are scaled up, too, in performances that brightly balance Barnes’s comic excess and vulnerable grace notes…Before you know it, a deep, soulful riff is unwinding, and maybe Imani and the white girl are really connecting — sort of, at least. Dorsey’s unpredictable scenes with Madeline Joey Rose as the turned-on white girl click terrifically…That’s how engaging the characters are, and how loose and free the cast is in the vibrant staging by Nataki Garrett.” — Washington Post

MOM BABY GOD at Taffety Punk Theatre Co.; directed by Lise Bruneau

Photo by Teresa Castracane

Photo by Teresa Castracane

"Mom Baby God is a funny, sharp satire. Written and performed by Rose, one of D.C.’s most reliable and talented actors...Rose’s sharp writing and indelible charisma... makes Mom Baby God a necessary show for our times." -- Matt Cohen, Washington City Paper CRITICS PICK

"It’s an impressive performance: She smoothly takes on everything from the light Texan twang of a rival to the posh Brit accents of guest speakers and the swaggering-bashful patter of the handsome young frontman for an outfit called Praise Cr3w. Taffety Punk Theatre Company is giving this a limited run at the Capitol Hills Arts Workshop, but it’s sure to surface again. There are sharp edges, but it doesn’t come across as a mean-spirited, one-sided caricature. Rose makes Destinee a truly adorable kid, and she compellingly illustrates that when true believers lapse, the penalty can be awfully high." -- Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post EDITORS’ PICK 

"Performing the character of Destinee Grace, actor Madeline Joey Rose has made the Taffety Punk production of Mom Baby God into impressive political theater by not making Destinee a stick-figure fool or right-wing wing-nut. I was also taken by the manner in which Rose made shame and confusion something that both a teen girl and a teen boy could experience. Most of all, I was taken with this: the Taffety Punk production is not dismissive of its central character’s predicament. What Madeline Joey Rose has accomplished is stirring as a roadmap." — DC Metro Theater Arts

"…exceptional acting skills, including the ability to make one character distinct from another…Madeline Joey Rose's solid research and attention to detail set her solo play apart from the myriad of others that have tried to introduce typical theatergoers to cultures (especially religious ones) that might be less familiar to them. While I am certainly not a teenage girl in 2020 and, in my day, we did not have Instagram, her language - honed through extensive research, including going undercover at similar gatherings - rings authentic to my ears" — Broadway World

"It’s an understatement to say that Madeline Joey Rose is a strong actress. As we watch Mom Baby God unfold through Destinee’s point of view, Rose switches between a plethora of characters that interact with Destinee, taking on a different type of voice, accent, and body language in the blink of an eye. It’s hard enough to develop the voice and mannerisms of one character, let alone several." — DC TheatreScene

TRAYF (world premiere by Lindsay Joelle) at Theater J; directed by Derek Goldman

Photo by Teresa Wood

Photo by Teresa Wood

“Each of the brisk 90-minute show’s four actors is funny and surprisingly touching, whether rapping as they wrap tefillin or brooding as friendships shift…Madeline Joey Rose is well-nigh perfect in her single-scene appearance with Shmuel as Jonathan’s whip-smart girlfriend.” — The Washington Post (Editors’ Pick) 

"That shift has human costs, a point well made in a scene when Jonathan’s girlfriend Leah (Madeline Joey Rose in a powerful supporting role) confronts Shmuel midway through the story. The entire cast is talented." --DC Theatre Scene

"Director Derek Goldman has assembled a superb cast, each of whom embodies their respective characters with ease, authenticity, and grace. Rose portrays the sharp, no-nonsense Leah with the perfect blend of sensitivity and outrage.” -- MD Theatre Guide 

“Rose, who enters late in the play, has the gravitas to give this comedy some real edge – giving her character a combination of incisive intelligence and real-world experience that challenges the learned zeal of the youthful tzadikim (“righteous ones”).” --DC Metro Theater Arts 

“Adding yet another dimension is the appearance of Jonathan's girlfriend Leah (Madeline Joey Rose), who was raised Jewish, but no longer practices. A Manhattan lawyer, her experience with the faith is the antithesis of Shmuel and Zalmy beliefs. In her solo scene, she confronts Adams' Shmuel about Jonathan's conversion. The result is a powerful exchange between Rose and Adams, and their different approaches to faith.” -- Broadway World

Often sweetly funny, the talented cast of “Trayf” probes issues of abiding belief and piety. -- Washington Jewish Week 

MOM BABY GOD at Forum Theatre & Single Carrot Theatre (Workshop); directed by Kathleen Akerley

Photo by Kathleen Akerley

Photo by Kathleen Akerley

"With seamless and distinct character transitions that rival Anna Deavere Smith's one-actor monologue plays, [Rose] never loses the audience's grasp—as much as one might want to tune out most of the speakers at times. Destinee’s struggle with herself and her environment frames the ramifications of far-right conditioning through an angle that's nuanced yet still deeply critical and hilarious. The funniest thing [I’ve] seen onstage this year." --Baltimore City Paper

"Riotously funny and shocking. This is heavy stuff, wrapped in the cloak of teen drama. But don’t be fooled. It may seem like bubble gum, but [Rose] gives us far more to chew on, and the flavor lingers long after the show is over." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

"[Rose] seamlessly navigates between the characters, inhabiting them completely without costumes, but only a change in posture and voice." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

NO SISTERS at Studio Theatre (world premiere written/directed by Aaron Posner; u/s -- performed)


"[Madeline Joey Rose], an understudy, was spectacular in the role of Natásha. Her "mad" scene where she exhibited just how much she simultaneously hates and loves her husband, was performed with just the right mix of passion and silliness." -- TheaterMania

HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES at Mosaic Theater Company (world premiere); directed by Serge Seiden

Photo by Stan Barouh

Photo by Stan Barouh

“The pace is light and quick and the tone is consistently thoughtful, thanks to a savvy cast that easily takes to Chisholm’s script of goading taunts and electric questions. The naivete that Madeline Joey Rose brings to Clementine, the white girl who’s interested in Marquis, is both fetching and alarming.” -- Washington Post 

“…we are reminded that behind the stereotype are young women just as unsure of themselves as anyone. As Marquis' crush Clementine, Madeline Joey Rose offers a sympathetic portrayal of someone whose love is colorblind, or so she thinks. Chisholm wisely leaves it to you to decide whether she's sincere, or just fooling herself.” --Broadway World

“The play showcases incredible talent from its eight-person cast.” -- MD Theatre Guide                     

TAME. by Jonelle Walker at WSC Avant Bard (World Premiere); directed by Angela Kay Pirko

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Photo by DJ Corey Photography

“Madeline Joey Rose is affecting and poignant as Bea, who yearns for Patrick’s affections. A stellar cast. --MD Theatre Guide

“Lange, Rose, and Stange circle them in characters just as deep and nuanced so that you don’t know whether to label them accomplices in Cat’s demise or victims in Patrick’s scheme. They are all brilliant. And, as a cast, they hold your gaze hostage when you most want to look away.” -- DC Theatre Scene

“Rose shows real distinction as an actress in the role of Bea, as she struggles for what she fondly imagines will be her future happiness.” -- DC Metro Theater Arts

“The rest of the cast, Madeline Joey Rose as Bea, Brendan Edward Kennedy as Patrick, Karen Lange as Mama and John Stange as Daddy, were extraordinary.”- Broadway World



YEAR OF THE ROOSTER by Olivia Dufault at Single Carrot Theatre (Regional Premiere); directed by Dustin C.T. Morris

"As a McDonald’s employee, she brings real sensitivity, to a role that could easily have come off as a caricature. What makes her performance so funny, is how truthful she plays it. As a chicken, well, I didn’t balk at her in a suit of feathers…The most tender moment I have seen in a theatre all year is the love scene between the rooster and the hen in this play. You could have heard a pin drop.  (Don’t ask. Don’t judge. Just go see it.)" -- DC Metro Theater Arts

"A well-matched ensemble claws through "Year of the Rooster" in dynamic fashion…[Gil] is buffeted continually by Philipa, the cocky, street-talking McDonald's manager and would-be romantic interest, a role inhabited with considerable flair by Madeline Joey Rose (she waddles gamely into the role of the hen as well)." -- Baltimore Sun

"Showcasing impressive versatility, Rose exemplifies just how sharp a contrast she can create between this frenetically high-strung character and that of the almost immobile chicken Lucky Lady. With a painstakingly slow approach to the chicken, the juxtaposition of these two polar opposites is remarkable." -- Theatre Bloom

"Even though they’re all so easy to laugh at, this phenomenal cast makes you realize that this is someone’s reality." -- Baltimore Style  

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Brave Spirits Theatre; directed by Charlene V. Smith

Photo by Claire Kimball

Photo by Claire Kimball

“Rose, playing the Soothsayer and Pompey, is a young actress with incredible mastery of Shakespeare's verse. Her Soothsayer is like a cat meditating on its name, closely inspecting her paw, while her Pompey is a force of personality that merits the wary attention of the Roman Triumvirate of Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus.” —

"The ensemble that surrounds Lefkow and Carlson bring their own unmistakable imprint to the production. Roles that struck me are those by Madeline Joey Rose as the rebellious Pompey, [who] has a strut and don’t mess with me attitude. She has a confident air about her." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

"The Triumvirate has met to face Sextus Pompey, played with tremendous intensity by Madeline Joey Rose. (Rose also plays a soothsayer, with a much more internalized but no less potent intensity.)...Rose and Music Director Zach Roberts have created a percussion soundtrack to the show: the initial blackout is accompanied by a pounding beat that sets the tone of the show from its very first moments." —TheatreBloom

IN BETWEEN THE DROPS & ADAM'S TEMPTATION at Source Festival DC; directed by Kevin Place

Photo by Teresa Wood

Photo by Teresa Wood

"Madeline Joey Rose (Ms. Shafer) is exquisite as an actress in Officer Grey’s (Mediombo Fofana) interrogation room. She gives a layered, dumbfounding account of a potential crime." -- DC Metro Theater Arts

“Rose is fabulous in this, carefully parsing out self-discovery as she reveals details of the event.” -- DC Theatre Scene

“Rose is a true standout” -- DC Metro Theater Arts