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The Burial at Thebes

"UCSD Theatre & Dance's well-done Burial at Thebes pits daughter against father against media...In an inspired directorial touch a woman, Tesiana Elie, plays Tiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes — and beautifully. Legend had it Tiresias was transformed into a woman for seven years. Tiresias was downstage, on Lily Bartenstein’s blasted-out set, for much of the time. And, like a Greek chorus of one, Tommy Crawford strolled through the rubble, strumming a guitar and singing tough commentaries on the events — music, by the way, that deserves a life after this well-done show" - The San Diego Reader 

"Irish Playwright + UCSD Director = Greek tragedy with new resonance" - La Jolla Light (FEATURE)

"You still have time to catch The Burial at Thebes at UCSD’s Mandell Weiss Forum through November 22 only. An adaptation of Antigone written by the late, great Irish poet Seamus Haney, it has a huge company of MFA actors and theater majors, and, as designed by Lily Bartenstein, it is a spectacle, replete with a practical river...It’s a clever production directed by Sarah Wansley" - Charlene and Brenda in the Blogosphere

Cornerstone

“The “realism” is fantastic in itself. We see what few outsiders do (unauthorized folks aren’t allowed inside the chain link fences). Great surges of energy engulf you – in ways no stage set could ever duplicate… Cornerstone combines often funny dialogue and an eye for the absurd with a message that blends in with the site and the piece.” - San Diego Reader

Ex Machina

“While Jacobi and director Sarah Wansley do an excellent job at touching upon such important themes (echoes of Waiting for Lefty), they keep the spirit of the piece fun and entertaining… such truths have never quite been displayed in such a bizarre and enjoyable way.” - Theater is Easy

Woyzeck

“Overall, Aporia Theater’s production is not to be missed. The cast, crew, designers, and director create a world that supports the disjointed, rural Woyzeck world and brings to life an extraordinary play in a profound and moving way.” -Nytheater.com

“Sarah Elizabeth Wansley served as director and translator, and because of the fragmentary draft of the manuscripts, necessarily as editor. She makes the bold decision of having the play begin with the titular hero (Grant Harrison as Woyzeck) murdering his wife Marie (Eloïse Eonnet) and the play bookends with déjà vu of the poor man thrusting a knife into Marie as she repeatedly buckles. The murder is highly choreographed. The choice to stylize is marked in this adaptation and effectively conveys the sense of alienation Woyzeck experiences, and channels our disillusionment with modern life— all with a spare but versatile set (a credit to Liz Blessing). Ms. Wansley telegraphs the drudgery of existence much the way Lang did; it is not difficult to believe that she will pursue a similarly illustrious career as a director of theatre.” – Le Journal de Charles Swann

Follow Me Down

"Sarah Elizabeth Wansley’s direction is also to be commended specifically for getting such heart wrenching performances out of this stellar cast." Read the full review. - BroadwayWorld Special Feature: 99 and Under the Radar, broadwayworld.com

"This is a wise and darkly funny play…. With assured direction and a cast embodying their characters to the hilt, Follow Me Down is a finely edited, excellent production that speaks to us as clearly as it speaks to its own particular moment in time." - nytheatre.com

"… a diamond of the 50-seat house set…. Definitely worth the money if you like witty dialogue, British humor, or strapping young boys struggling to become men…. Graham Halstead is irresistible!" - Theatre is Easy, www.theasy.com

"Expertly acted! Follow Me Down gives a theatergoer the sense of being in the same room with the people Barrett has created – the play quickly becomes an intense emotional experience." - Connecticut Post, ctnews.com