Classic Chic in the Press

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

At the Cultch as part of their Femme Series in February 2019


“Centered on the idea that Much Ado About Nothing is timeless, the production uses a minimalist set and historical costuming to focus attention on the performances. The results are spectacular.  It is simply good theatre. Go see it.”— Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents

Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather by David Mann


  • Corleone in the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2017, Vancouver Presents – Mark Robins
  • “…get yourself to Pacific Theatre. Classic Chic strikes again.” Jo Ledingham, Theatre Reviews, Feb 18, 2017
  • “Corleone a hit! a hit! a palpable hit!” ~ Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews, Feb 18, 2017
  • “It is satisfying to see women getting to take on “meaty” roles, and particularly when they do them so well.” ~ Margaret Ritchie, Church for Vancouver, Feb 8, 2017
  • “…it’s an all-too-rare joy to see so many different women, from so many different demographics, occupying the stage together.” ~ Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight, Feb 6, 2017
  • “Corleone: the Shakespearean Godfather makes an offer you shouldn’t refuse” ~ Colin Thomas, Feb 4, 2017 Corleone review, Colin Thomas
  • “Puzo and Coppola fans will love Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather.” ~ Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents, Feb 4, 2017

Previews and Interviews:

  • Profile of Evelyn Chew (playing Connie and Appolonia) in Asian Pacific Post
  • “all-female cast take on paternal saga in the Bard’s English” ~ Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun, Feb 3, 2017
  • “Classic Chic presents a different kind of Godfather” ~ Rosalind Duane, North Shore News, Feb 2, 2017
  • “The Bard meets The Godfather in Classic Chic’s Corleone” ~ Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight, Feb 1, 2017
  • Interview with Nicola Lipman and Colleen Winton – Biz Books, Jan 31, 2017
  • Corleone: Renaissance racketeers and female felons ~ Brian Paterson, 24 Hours, Vancouver, Jan 26, 2017

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

Cover dudes for the Canadian Theatre Review, Summer 2016 issue


  • Best of theatre 2015 “proving that great acting can be genderless, if this all female cast had balls, they would have been scratching them.” ~ Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
  • “The commitment to the technical and creative of the play had me fooled. There were moments when I thought, “She really is a man. Is she not?” The physical expression, gesture work, intonations and attitudes were near seamless.” ~ Carmel Amit, GVPTA blog, June 22, 2015
  • “All-women Glengarry Glen Ross excels & excites” ~ Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews, June 18, 2015
  • “…the fascination with this particular production is watching how well these women transform themselves into these men. You just can’t avoid being intrigued; how they sit and walk, how they interrupt, swear, use facial expressions, how arrogant or bullying they are or how passive-aggressively they behave. They are wickedly good at it.” ~ Jo Ledingham, June 13, 2015
  • “Hands down, the best show running this weekend (that I’ve seen), is Classic Chic’s production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross.” ~ Colin Thomas, Mapping the Intuitive, June 12, 2015
  • “All Female adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross Impresses. Each character was very well defined, and the whole cast gave exceptional performances…. a spectacular achievement by this talented group of women.” ~ Tessa Perkins, The Peak, June 11, 2015
  • “Corina Akeson, who played Leontes last year in Classic Chic’s version of The Winter’s Tale, inhabits the persona of the cocky Moss…a big part of her success here, as in The Winter’s Tale, comes from the fact that she’s not afraid of her character’s power, physically or emotionally: she takes the stage with exhilarating authority.”~ Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight, June 8, 2015
  • “Leading the success of the show are the combined talents of director Rachel Peake’s cast. This all-female cast doesn’t play Mamet’s characters as women, but interprets them as written. The male “spread”, the machismo-fueled bravado, the incessant locker room profanity, the sexist attitudes, are all on display. Hell, if these women had balls they’d be scratching them.” ~ Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents, June 8, 2015
  • ” When I think of Mamet’s theatrical works, I tend to think of almost unremitting grimness. That is certainly true of Glengarry Glen Ross, but this production sparkles throughout regardless, and the texture and tempo of the grimness changes constantly. The actors skillfully extracted numerous laughs from the audience.” ~ Lois Paterson, Beyond YVR, June 8, 2015
  • “…you will see some women pull off performances that will knock your socks off!! The play demands exceptional performances by the actors and these women deliver! “ ~ Viken Mekhtarian, OUTtv, June 7, 2015

Previews and Interviews:

  • Pick of the week ~ Vancouver Presents, June 21, 2015
  • Interview with Michelle Martin (Richard Roma), Feature Artist of the Week ~ Tickets Tonight
  • Interview with Colleen Winton (Shelly Levene) ~ Julie MacLellan, New West Record, June 5, 2015
  • Interview with Colleen Winton (Shelly Levene) and Marci T House (John Williamson) ~ Dana Gee, DGP Podcast, June 5, 2015
  • Things to do this weekend ~ Inside Vancouver, June 4, 2015
  • Interview with Rachel Peake (Director) ~ Biz Books, June 2, 2015
  • “This is a full-blown, testosterone-fuelled tale, but if looked at closely and maybe through the lens of the female experience it becomes not just about men but about the difference between men and women.” ~ Dana Gee, The Province, June 1, 2015
  • “A lot of the conversation in the play is the cutthroat nature of the salesman, which is still very much current,” says Peake. ~ Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents, May 27, 2015
  • “Classic Chic : Quand les femmes jouent des hommes” (en francais) ~ Jean-Francois Gérard, La Source, May 26, 2015
  • Interview with Christina Wells Campbell ~ Biz Books, May 16, 2015
  • Glengarry Glen Ross is a theatrical staple, and I am really looking forward to this innovative presentation. In this case, the women play male characters. Based on how Classic Chic Productions did last year with “The Winter’s Tale”, I expect exceptional performances. You will forget the gender of the actor, as the character comes fully to the fore.” ~ Beyond Vancouver, May 2, 2015
  • “‘I think it’s great to tell those old stories, but we need to find new ways to tell them.’ [said Tracey Power] That is happening. I’d say Cialis is OK-ish in terms of cost. I require a large supply of it plus my 300 arginine pills that are good for 100 days in a row for the same price. Buying it all by the lump seems reasonable, anyway. I like it with Cialis that you don’t need to make a schedule, my boyfriend and I just go into it whenever we want. For example, a production premiering in Vancouver this June of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Rachel Peake, has an all-female cast. ~ Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail, May 1, 2015
  • “Classic Chic Productions, the women that brought you the all-female The Winter’s Tale in 2014, tackle Mamet’s blistering masterpiece” ~ Vancouver Presents, April 29, 2015

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

The Winter’s Tale made some top theatre lists of 2014 in Vancouver!

Check out the Classic Chic mention in Lisa Wolpe’s interview for American Theatre Magazine!


  • “Classic Chic gives Winter’s Tale Emotional Truth ~ Colin Thomas, The Georgia Strait
  • “…a show as entertaining as anything you are going to see in Vanier Park” ~ Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
  • “The entire cast is strong and their ability to tell the story kept us engaged all the way to the end.” ~ Brendan Patrick McClarty, Creative Life
  • “…a fabulous must-see production” ~ Ed Farolan, Review Vancouver
  • ” Whether it was the attention to technical details, the great acting, or the play itself, I really enjoyed the total effect that this play has.” ~ Beyond YVR

Previews and Interviews