Press Reviews

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"The women must look after themselves, which includes the enigmatic young wanderer of the title (a terrifically watchable Meredith Rae Lyons as Emmy) who arrives in town in search of refuge." - Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune for Patchwork Drifter. Full Review "I have come to appreciate Lyons as talented, multifaceted, actress, and in other productions have appreciated her charisma and realism, but this is the first time I grasped the full extent of her range and versatility. Her performances was so strong that I recognized her only by name. In this part, she is able to deliver incredible intensity, humour, wit, glamour, and an and appropriate degree of mystery. She switches effortlessly between the sardonic, cruel, and tender while still able to conceal her underlying motives whatever those may be." - Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town Chicago for Twin Set. Full Review "... Becky (a terrific Meredith Rae Lyons, sarcastic and blunt)...everything about these scenes in the bunker pop with acidic energy and zing" - Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, three stars for Push Button Murder. Full Review "The six-member cast turn in fine performances, with Meredith Rae Lyons and Derek Garza as standouts in the showier roles of Becky and Roy. Ms. Lyons, who resembles a young Ally Sheedy, does an excellent job of harboring her character's festering tension and anguish, built up over months as a soldier in active combat." - Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review for Push Button Murder. Full Review "Mr. Garza and Ms. Lyons are two extremely charismatic actors who, in turns of pure presence, dominate the stage." - Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town for Push Button Murder. Full Review "[Lyons] is also strong when tormenting Preston (Andrew Bailes)." - Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town for Push Button Murder. Full Review   “Push Button Murder” is well-penned and well-performed, looking at hard issues and does so in a way that allows for laughs at times and bits of dread at others."- Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, New City Stage for Push Button Murder.   "The funniest moments of the play came from Meredith [Rae] Lyons as Valeska." - Kat Hey, Chicago Theatre Beat for Hello Failure. Full Review   Lyons inhabits the persona of a soldier with the stress and edginess that is a banner on the nightly news. Thankfully, this is not a zombie cookie cutter performance of “textbook” Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Lyons veers from trying to play the good wife and re-inhabit her former life, to rage and violence ..." - Kat Hey, Chicago Theatre Beat for Ithaka. Full Review   "...it shined as one of the plays strongest moments, as did Lyons’s intermittent stand-up routines..." - Christopher Kidder, Theatre by Numbers for Ithaka.Full Review "The scenes with [Andrew] Saenz and [Meredith] Rae Lyons are searing and poignant." - Kat Hey, Chicago Theatre Beat for Ithaka.  Full Review   "She truly captures what it is to be a person out of place." - Christopher Kidder, Theatre by Numbers for Ithaka.  Full Review   "InFusion Theatre’s production of ITHAKA ... reveal[s] the complex story of Marine Captain Elaine (Lanie) Edwards (Meredith Rae Lyons in a powerful performance) who has just returned from her latest tour in Afghanistan." - Gloria Henllan-Jones, Splash Magazine for Ithaka. Full Review   "Ex-marine Lanie (played with brittle, scarred intensity by Meredith Rae Lyons) just cannot settle down as though nothing has happened." - Hugh Iglarsh, Newcity Stage for Ithaka. Full Review   "Meredith Rae Lyons is simply stunning in the title role. Lyons emanates the fervent belief and faith of a patriot and of God without leaning into fanaticism. The physicality of this play is done with amazing agility and realism. As Joan is stripped of her armor and brutalized by the guards, I could feel the defiance and fear trembling from Lyons.." -- K.D. Hopkins, Chicago Theatre Beat for Joan's Laughter. Full Review   "Meredith Rae Lyons charms as a temp receptionist whose life isn’t shaping up the way she’d like." -- Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago for Birthday . Full Review.    "Skillman fares better in Birthday, her playlet about a woman who slips away from an office birthday party and falls into a chat with a melancholy man sitting alone at the bar. It looks like a meet cute is afoot, but it turns into a meet sad, with both characters conveying a weary awareness that life's possibilities, once seemingly limitless, have begun to shrink. As the woman, Meredith Rae Lyons manages to suggest a low-grade panic underneath her surface chatter." - Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader for Birthday. Full Review.   "Dan Hale and Meredith Lyons are appealing as the struggling couple and are so natural in their roles that I could easily see them living in my neighborhood." -- Philip Smolen, Rogue Cinema for Harold's Gift. Full Review.

"The women must look after themselves, which includes the enigmatic young wanderer of the title (a terrifically watchable Meredith Rae Lyons as Emmy) who arrives in town in search of refuge." - Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune for Patchwork DrifterFull Review

"I have come to appreciate Lyons as talented, multifaceted, actress, and in other productions have appreciated her charisma and realism, but this is the first time I grasped the full extent of her range and versatility. Her performances was so strong that I recognized her only by name. In this part, she is able to deliver incredible intensity, humour, wit, glamour, and an and appropriate degree of mystery. She switches effortlessly between the sardonic, cruel, and tender while still able to conceal her underlying motives whatever those may be." - Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town Chicago for Twin SetFull Review

"... Becky (a terrific Meredith Rae Lyons, sarcastic and blunt)...everything about these scenes in the bunker pop with acidic energy and zing" - Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, three stars for Push Button MurderFull Review

"The six-member cast turn in fine performances, with Meredith Rae Lyons and Derek Garza as standouts in the showier roles of Becky and Roy. Ms. Lyons, who resembles a young Ally Sheedy, does an excellent job of harboring her character's festering tension and anguish, built up over months as a soldier in active combat." - Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review for Push Button MurderFull Review

"Mr. Garza and Ms. Lyons are two extremely charismatic actors who, in turns of pure presence, dominate the stage." - Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town for Push Button MurderFull Review

"[Lyons] is also strong when tormenting Preston (Andrew Bailes)." - Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town for Push Button MurderFull Review

 

“Push Button Murder” is well-penned and well-performed, looking at hard issues and does so in a way that allows for laughs at times and bits of dread at others."Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, New City Stage for Push Button Murder.

 

"The funniest moments of the play came from Meredith [Rae] Lyons as Valeska." - Kat Hey, Chicago Theatre Beat for Hello FailureFull Review

 

Lyons inhabits the persona of a soldier with the stress and edginess that is a banner on the nightly news. Thankfully, this is not a zombie cookie cutter performance of “textbook” Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Lyons veers from trying to play the good wife and re-inhabit her former life, to rage and violence ..." - Kat Hey, Chicago Theatre Beat for IthakaFull Review

 

"...it shined as one of the plays strongest moments, as did Lyons’s intermittent stand-up routines..." - Christopher Kidder, Theatre by Numbers for Ithaka.Full Review

"The scenes with [Andrew] Saenz and [Meredith] Rae Lyons are searing and poignant." - Kat Hey, Chicago Theatre Beat for Ithaka.  Full Review

 

"She truly captures what it is to be a person out of place." - Christopher Kidder, Theatre by Numbers for Ithaka.  Full Review

 

"InFusion Theatre’s production of ITHAKA ... reveal[s] the complex story of Marine Captain Elaine (Lanie) Edwards (Meredith Rae Lyons in a powerful performance) who has just returned from her latest tour in Afghanistan." - Gloria Henllan-Jones, Splash Magazine for IthakaFull Review

 

"Ex-marine Lanie (played with brittle, scarred intensity by Meredith Rae Lyons) just cannot settle down as though nothing has happened." - Hugh Iglarsh, Newcity Stage for IthakaFull Review

 

"Meredith Rae Lyons is simply stunning in the title role. Lyons emanates the fervent belief and faith of a patriot and of God without leaning into fanaticism. The physicality of this play is done with amazing agility and realism. As Joan is stripped of her armor and brutalized by the guards, I could feel the defiance and fear trembling from Lyons.." -- K.D. Hopkins, Chicago Theatre Beat for Joan's LaughterFull Review

 

"Meredith Rae Lyons charms as a temp receptionist whose life isn’t shaping up the way she’d like." -- Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago for Birthday . Full Review.

 

 "Skillman fares better in Birthday, her playlet about a woman who slips away from an office birthday party and falls into a chat with a melancholy man sitting alone at the bar. It looks like a meet cute is afoot, but it turns into a meet sad, with both characters conveying a weary awareness that life's possibilities, once seemingly limitless, have begun to shrink. As the woman, Meredith Rae Lyons manages to suggest a low-grade panic underneath her surface chatter." - Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader for BirthdayFull Review.

 

"Dan Hale and Meredith Lyons are appealing as the struggling couple and are so natural in their roles that I could easily see them living in my neighborhood." -- Philip Smolen, Rogue Cinema for Harold's GiftFull Review.