REMNANT (MITU580, THEATER MITU)
THEASY BEST BET: "Softly hugging your ears, headphones not only allow for three parts of the show to unfold simultaneously, but also create an intimate form of communication... the fragmented narrative is interwoven with original songs, most of them written, produced, and performed by the incredibly talented musician Ada Westfall."
- Asya Gorovits, Theatre Is Easy, "Remnant" (Aug. 31, 2018)
*PLEASE NOTE: The following reviews were written for Ada's old legal name and pronouns. To avoid confusion, Ada's new legal name and pronouns have been substituted in brackets.
rimbaud in new york (BAM, THE CIVILIANS)
"The show is most engaging in musical numbers that summon the impact of Rimbaud on others... among these are the rowdy opener, 'Hot Mess Disaster Boy' (with music by [Ada Westfall])..."
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times, "'Rimbaud in New York' Splices the Genes of the Original Outlaw Artist" (Mar. 3, 2016)
NY TIMES CRITICS' PICK: "As Dean, who eventually becomes a successful songwriter in his own right, [Ms. Westfall] gives a moving, understated performance, and [her] tense rapport with Ms. Baldwin's loving but breezily egotistic Tammy is nicely etched."
- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, "'Songbird,' a Honky Tonk Take on Chekhov" (Oct. 29, 2015)
the plastic masquerade (minq vaadka album)
"It's been a long time since an album has been so strong and so as-of-yet unknown... mixes impishness and theatricality in a fresh punk/cabaret blend, the likes of which have been missing from that semi-underground scene for far too long... fully original, a bright-pink-paint-besplattered mess of talent... paradoxically, everything about Vaadka–from the fake name to the swaggering bravado–registers as completely genuine... with a voice that could belt a Broadway tune as easily as it fronts a rock band, Vaadka sings like the queer lovechild of Billie Joe Armstrong and Justin Bond."
- Linda Leseman, Original Hipster, "Minq Vaadka, This One's For You" (May 22, 2010)
a play on war (CONNELLY THEATER, THEATER MITU)
2010 DRAMA DESK NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING MUSIC IN A PLAY: "Simple and theatrical, the perfect balance to the purposefully discordant and at times ridiculously florid music and sound (and I have yet to fully process how delightful I find the Sound of Music motifs, that other and more demure family of war and sacrifice). Well done, designers and associates. Well done, all."
- Tzipora Kaplan, Theatre Is Easy, "A Play On War" (Feb. 22, 2010)