For Time is on our Side, Simpatico Theatre
2016 Barrymore Award Winner: Best New Play
2016 Barrymore Award Winner: Virginia Brown Martin Award
"Brandi Burgess plays Annie's grandmother Gisella, as well as Annie's grandparents' old friend Mr. Ramondi, and Claudia, a West Philly "celesbian" and potential new love interest... her confident slipping from one character to another shows the assuredness of Jarrod Markman's direction. A performance that could easily be campy and superficial instead populates the play with genuine characters that propel the story...a warm-hearted tale reveling in Philadelphia's gay life — past, present, and hopeful future. " -Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review
"Brandi Burgess, whose rendition of an elderly gay man is especially impressive..." - Howard Shapiro, Newsworks
"Hats off to the comedic timing of the whole cast...Really funny people. Really serious comedy people...Brandi Burgess...I’ve been consistently impressed by how much I care about her characters and the work she’s doing and how effortless it looks. I don’t notice her working...she is really respectful of the characters, which can be hard when you’re doing a series of character parts like that. But she just disappeared into each one...someone like Mr. Ramondi could have just been a joke, but she made something real there...I was impressed by the very slight accent of Gisela. It was such a delicate thing and so specific." -Bonaly
"Brandi Burgess delivers a honed performance as a film-and-comedian-quoting 'walking book of gay history'..." - Jim Rutter, Philadelphia Inquirer
For Pookie Goes Grenading, Azuka Theatre
"...the show is very funny and quotable. Director Kevin Glaccum keeps things light and never lets the tone get too extreme. The supporting cast is totally committed to the material..."
--Tim Dunleavy, Talkin' Broadway
"all hell breaks loose when Pookie takes 'you can’t make art without fire' literally, burning down the school auditorium with the titular weapons-grade explosives, then going fugitive... Joined on the lam by ultimate techie Greta (Brandi Burgess), her troupe presents her movie as a play that will 'kick people in their heart-balls.' All this hyperactivity doesn’t overshadow the clever wordplay and incisive ideas about sexuality, celebrity and art in director Kevin Glaccum’s colorful production. I’m all too accustomed to staid, serious, artsy theater, and occasionally crave a loud, silly, kick-ass play — and if it’s outrageously in-your-face subversive, so much the better. JC Lee’s ‘Pookie Goes Grenading’ scratches my itch.”
-Mark Cofta, City Paper
"Behind a thick veneer of such entertainingly hilarious absurdity, Azuka Theatre’s world premiere production of J.C. Lee’s POOKIE GOES GRENADING explores the self-serious commitment necessary to produce any works of artistic expression...This brief description does little to capture the outrageous energy of POOKIE GOES GRENADING in the direction of Kevin Glaccum....
theatrical comedy at its best, fast-paced fun with seriously smart dialog and perceptive underpinnings.”
“Pookie's a Frankenstein's monster cobbled together from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the movie Sucker Punch, roller derby, Pussy Riot, and all sorts of other female bad-assery for which I have a sweet tooth.”
A.D. Amorosi, The Philadelphia Inquirer
For Hazard County, Azuka Theatre
"Brandi Burgess shows off an easygoing charm as Ruth"
--Talkin Broadway, Tim Dunleavy
"Sincere and engrossing"
For The Butterfly Project, Wolf Performing Arts Center
"Dressed in clothing with holes and sweaters marked by yellow stars, the actors from the Wolf Performing Arts Center played out a children's story of fear, sadness, and hope while in the Terezin concentration camp...the actors recently performed the story at the Wilma Theater for students from Bartram High School, many of whom know all too well feelings of loss. As they watched, many displayed their emotional connection to the play's feelings of fear and hope."
"A message Raja’s schoolteacher, Irena, played by Brandi Burgess, offers for patience and hope is to take each day just one step at a time. Can she live and reach that afternoon? How about that evening? And into the next morning? “Yes, of course,” Raja says. And so they must keep a determined spirit to just reach the next day. When Raja confronts Irena about the truth in the rumors of Auschwitz and how those who are sent there are sent to die, their voices begin to shake and break. Tears begin rolling down their cheeks as Raja renounces the hopes they once held onto. I could hear the audience around me sniffling and shifting as they tried to keep their composure and hold back their own tears. I was one of them."
- Bi-College News
For This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, Prague Fringe Festival
"There is no handsome prince to come to anyone’s rescue. Each one confronts her fear and isolation by being brave and resourceful, maturing into a strong and independent woman, while still cherishing the bond of sisterhood. A delightful hour of theatre."
--Michael Calcott, Fringey Bits