LADY CARTER, TOM THE DOG in Witch (Convergence Theatre)

LADY CARTER in  Witch  (Convergence Theatre) Photo Credit: Ryan Maxwell

LADY CARTER in Witch (Convergence Theatre) Photo Credit: Ryan Maxwell

The game cast of director Elena Velasco’s Witch knit together shades of The Crucible and The Exorcist to provide an arresting experience that’s serves as a dark morality play and timely reminder of women’s ongoing fight for safety and equality. . . . [The title character's] only initial saving grace is the kind Lady Carter, played with noble decorum by Annette Mooney Wasno.  Ben Demers, DC Theatre Scene

The DOG (with Chris Daileader) in  Witch  (Convergence Theatre)  Photo Credit: Ryan Maxwell

The DOG (with Chris Daileader) in Witch (Convergence Theatre)  Photo Credit: Ryan Maxwell

Wasno’s joint portrayal of Tom the dog with (Chris) Daileader is terrifying.   Stephanie House, MD Theatre Guide ~  Named a Top 5 Show of the Week


QUEEN HENRI, SHALLOW in Henri IVThe Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory (Brave Spirits Theatre)

Photo Credit: Claire Kimball

Photo Credit: Claire Kimball

(Parts 1 & 2) . . . no wonder Queen Henri (a suitably dignified Annette Mooney Wasno) has trouble sleeping. . . . The tense conversations between the queen and Prince Hallie . . . are moving, brimming with regret and need.  Celia Wren, The Washington Post

(Part 1) Henry becomes Henri, played with power and gravitas by Annette Mooney Wasno. Wasno’s Henri is not just a woman in a man’s role. She rebuilds the role from the ground up: not a female Henry, but Henriette, Queen of England. Joshua Engel, TheatreBloom

Artwork Credit:  - Jessica Aimone

Artwork Credit:  - Jessica Aimone

(Part 2) Annette Mooney Wasno as Queen Henri IV and Sarah Anne Sillers as her daughter Prince Hallie had me speechless with their final scene together in which the line of succession is handed down. This magnificent scene was worth the price of admission.  Katie Bogdan, DC Metro Theater Arts

DC Metro Theater Arts 2015 Awards - Named one of the Best Performances in a Play in Professional Theaters & Best Plays in Professional Theaters


THE MEDIUM and ENSEMBLE in Crazy Mary Lincoln (Pallas Theatre Collective)

Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane

Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane

 

When Mary [Lincoln] seeks to convene with the spirits of her dearly departed . . . Annette Mooney Wasno as the medium steals the scene . . .  Kelly McCorkendale, DC Theatre Scene

Helen Hayes Awards Recommended Production


Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane

Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane

BRITOMART UNDERSHAFT in Major Barbara (Pallas Theatre Collective)

Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane

Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane

Annette Mooney Wasno is a commanding presence. She delivers her most amusing lines with a brusque efficiency . . . This accentuates the comedy, and makes her scenes with son Stephen full of fun. Sophia Howes, DC Metro Theater Arts


LESLIE, VICKI, BARBARA, JOY in Neighborhood 3: Requisition Of Doom (Molotov Theatre Group)

Photo Credit: Daniel Corey

Photo Credit: Daniel Corey

Annette Mooney Wasno . . . especially give(s) a wide range of performances. [She] is chilling as she turns from doddering to deadly in a single climactic scene.  Marshall Bradshaw, City Paper

Photo Credit: Daniel Corey

Photo Credit: Daniel Corey

It’s scary because it feels authentic, in the way that could only be manifested onstage by a wildly talented castBenjamin Petit, FreeCanvasDC

DC Metro Theater Arts - 4.5 Stars & Best of the Capital Fringe 2015 - Named Favorite Drama, Favorite Ensemble, Favorite Show of the Fringe


HESIONE in Triumph of Love (Red Branch Theatre)

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

I've seen five productions since it closed on Broadway, and this is one of the very best!   James Magruder, Playwright, Triumph of Love

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

"Triumph of Love" has a title that prompts you to hope for the best. As it turns out, the Red Branch Theatre Company has such a confident production of this musical that it definitely lives up to its title. . . . (A) fine cast. . . .who all have their share of highlights.  Mike Giuliano, Baltimore Sun

Cory Jones and Annette Wasno as the buttoned-up brother-and-sister headmasters at the academy give us reason to believe there might be a little heat left in the Age of Enlightenment.  . . . . Wasno’s heartfelt soliloquy “Serenity” manage(s) to bleed a bit of humanity into (the) repressed character.  John Harding, DC Metro Theater Arts


ISABELLA BIRD, LOUISE in Top Girls (Fells Point Corner Theatre)

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

Annette Mooney Wasno transitions from Victorian adventuress Isabella Bird to the more contemporary Louise so thoroughly I didn't recognize her.  Cybele Pomeroy, BroadwayWorld.com (Baltimore)

[The] actresses establish their characters’ distinct personalities and rise to the script’s tough demands for overlapping dialogue. . . . Annette Mooney Wasno, as a 19th century Scottish explorer, prove(s) particularly adept at this.  J. Wynn Rousuck, Maryland Morning/WYPR

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

Photo Credit: Bruce F. Press

Switching from a prim polished English sound to something harder with a crass edge can be tricky but the switch is well executed by Annette Mooney Wasno when she leaves historic explorer Isabella Bird behind in favor of Louise, a down and out working girl who just wants to be one of the boys. . . . . The urgency and desperation for both of her characters lives and breathes in her interpretation of their dialects.  Amanda Gunther, DC Metro Theater Arts


Photo Credit: Ken Kemp

Photo Credit: Ken Kemp

JESSIE in 'Night, Mother (Rockville Little Theatre)

Wasno effectively captures both the intense loneliness Jessie feels and the peace her decision brings her. She walks a delicate line, offering up some of the play’s bitter comic gems as well as some of the most heartbreaking moments.  Diane Jackson Schnoor, DC Metro Theater Arts

Named as one of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2014: Best Performances in a Play in Community Theatres, and Best Plays in Community Theatres


CLARA in Under the Poplar Trees (Fells Point Corner Theatre/Baltimore Playwrights Festival)

Photo Credit: Bill Toohey

Photo Credit: Bill Toohey

Even better is Wasno as Clara, the short, scurrying woman first presented as the stereotype of a Jewish grandmother pressing cake on her reluctant grandson. But the actress reveals a more complicated person behind the archetype, a woman who uses her self-effacing charm to manipulate her husband. To hear the old, married couple spar is one of the production’s principal delights.  Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper

Annette Mooney Wasno as Clara is the quintessential Bubbe. Whether urging her grandson to eat or trying to convince her husband to accept reparation payments, Ms. Wasno invests the character with warmth. Timoth David Copney, Baltimore Gay Life

Wasno’s character runs the risk of becoming an overly dramatic caricature, but her keen sense of balance prevents that from happening with the Jewish grandma. Wasno’s approach to the character’s accent creates an authenticity within her; the pauses and inflections in her voice when needling at Aaron to eat more, the way she nags lovingly at her husband Meyer; all representing the positive minutia of a stereotypical bubbe.  Amanda Gunther, TheatreBloom

Named Best Play and Best Production of the 2014 Baltimore Playwrights Festival.


CLARA, RUSSIAN DANCER, WALTZING FLOWER, PUPPETEER in The Nutcracker (The Puppet Co.)

Photo Credit: Allan Stevens/The Puppet Co.

Photo Credit: Allan Stevens/The Puppet Co.

I have seen and reviewed The Puppet Co.’s production of . . . The Nutcracker several times, and each time I see it I fall in love with it even more. . . . Like a fine wine - this Nutcracker keeps getting better with age.  Julia L Exine, DC Metro Theater Arts

DC Metro Theater Arts’ Best of 2014 Special Award (Children’s Theatre Performances) “To the Puppeteers of The Nutcracker at The Puppet Co.: Christopher Piper, Joshua Aaron Rosenblum, Annette M. Wasno, Matt Reckeweg, and Rose Talbot for bringing holiday cheer to new generations of theater-goers and their families. It’s a wonderful annual tradition!”