Debbie Minter Jackson for DC Theatre Reviews
- "Caroline, or Change at Studio Theatre is a musical wonder"
- "...her spirited daughter (excellent work by Trisha Jeffrey)..."
Also featured on this site is a fantastic podcast interview over ten minutes long! This was an interview conducted by Mr.
Joel Markowitz as he led the group The Ushers to Caroline, or Change. (Please visit The Ushers' Site here.)
Here are some quotes from the podcast interview:
- From Mr. Bruce Markowitz:
(At 4:21 into the interview): "The dancing was great ... great dancers,
great singers ... Caroline [played by Julia Nixon], has an absolutely marvelous voice, as does her daughter ["Emmie," played
by Trisha Jeffrey], so we enjoyed it."
- From Mr. Gary McMillan:
(At 4:53): "Lightning certainly struck twice with producers finding the
(At 5:27): "The supporting cast for the Studio production is marvelous."
- From Steve:
(At 7:29): "...this is really a high-quality production ... you'll love the music."
(At 9:44): "I was very, very privileged to have seen this theatre’s
excellent production of [Caroline, or Change]. It’s very moving, beautifully written, perfectly cast
... and everyone perfectly suited to the role. ... It’s everything great theatre should be."
To listen to the interview for yourself, please click the link above for the review,
or click here.
**Special Thanks to Mr. Ronnie Ruff, Editor, of DC Theatre Reviews, for allowing
Trisha Jeffrey Fans Online to use the information presented.
Susan Berlin for Talkin' Broadway Regional
- "The entire cast is strong and works as an ensemble, but special mention should go to Otts Laupus as Rose's father, an
unrepentant socialist, and Trisha Jeffrey as Caroline's outspoken daughter. Their scene together strikes sparks."
originally published May 22, 2006
- "Bolstered by two stunning lead performances the production also beautifully showcases one of the best theatrical
scores of the last 25 years."
- "Jeffrey’s warmth, humor and defiant passion make her a fine foil to Nixon’s brooding Caroline. The
actress convincingly channels the restlessly rebellious and independent spirit that makes Emmie long for her own car almost
as much as racial equality. She also has great stage presence and a piercingly attractive voice—both
of which she displays in the charming first-act finale number “Roosevelt Petrucius Coleslaw.”
originally published May 26, 2006
- refers to Trisha as "a breezy, invigorating presence"
NOTE: Due to very strict (and costly) copyright rules and regulations, no more excerpts of the article appear
on this site. However, the article does appear in full here, and does mention a little more about Trisha's performance.
originally published May 23, 2006, Page C01
- "In surprising, twisting rivers of melody, the boy, the maid, their friends and families give plaintive, wrathful, soulful
voice to the rising discord of a turbulent time."
- "...the excellent Trisha Jeffrey."
Susan Davidson for the Washingtonian
originally published June 2006
Show given 4 stars (outstanding) of 4 possible
- "Trisha Jeffrey as Emmie, the youngest of Caroline’s two children and the voice of the future, evinces strength
and vulnerability in equal measure."
- "Few theatrical evenings compare to Caroline, or Change. It is just that good."
originally published June 1, 2006
- "Trisha Jeffrey is Caroline's ambitious daughter Emmie, a representative of those who chose to combat racism with an attitude
of non-violence and peaceful protest."
- "Both [Kelly J. Rucker, who plays Dotty, and Trisha] are gifts to Studio's sparkling production."
- "There are fine performances from Trisha Jeffrey as Caroline's teenage daughter, Bobby Smith as the clarinet playing father
of the house and most particularly from Elmore James whose deep blues bass fills the Methany Theatre with glorious sound without
the aid of artificial amplification."
Lisa Traiger - Black maid stands at center
of Southern Jewish family Civil rights era
- "It's Caroline, archetypical as a black maid with a magical sensibility to heal her young charge, who stands at the soulful
center of this work, stuck though she is in a wash-and-spin cycle while her own children, particularly outspoken daughter
Emmie (the vivacious Trisha Jeffrey), ache for more than separate and unequal."