"One of my favorites of the five shows I caught at the festival has, I regret to say, finished its limited run...Peopled with more than a dozen characters from around the globe, it poses an acting challenge that the show’s star, Erika Rose, met with impressive nimbleness.
"Erika Rose’s performance in Queens Girl in Africa is awesome to behold. She plays the playwright’s teenage self, named Jackie, plus her parents, school friends, and others, with an incandescence that won’t stop. "-- DC Metro Theater Arts
"While she is the only actor to appear on stage, it doesn’t feel quite right to call this a one-woman show. Rose quite literally embodies dozens of characters..Even though Rose only speaks one line as a Benson and Hedges cigarette hawker, for instance, it’s with a fullness that signals this vendor has his own story."
"Erika Rose stands tall as one of the two pillars of a towering play. Her Rose gives as good as she gets, but only when she judges the moment right to put in the effort. "--Metro Weekly
By August Wilson
Directed by Timothy Douglas
at Fords Theatre
"Rose, meanwhile, manages to disappear into Bart’s boyish countenance for a final, bloody showdown with Mr. Burns." --The Washington Post
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Steve Cosson
at Woolly Mammoth Theater
Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play
"Erika Rose offered something of a tour de forceas the dually haunted Claire, creating -- in physicality as much as voice -- two totally different, superbly delineated, rather endearing characters. "--The Baltimore Sun
"Rose's Saul/Mimi/Claire is the unquestionable show-stopper. It's a performance that offers the rare example to watch an actor change before your very eyes by sheer acting chops alone, and it's quite impressive."--Baltimore City Paper
"Finally, Erika Rose has a role worthy of her comedic talents. She's sparked many a show in the Potomac Region with her chipper personality, but just hasn't had enough to do that highlighted her ability to throw herself into a quirky situation with abandon. Now she has. As a woman who seems to be the vessel for different souls - bouncing back and forth between each and lapsing into catatonia in between - she demonstrates a full-out commitment to each and a comedic discipline that serves the piece delightfully. "
By David Emerson Toney
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
at Everyman Theater
The Soul Collector
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Paige Hernandez
AS YOU LIKE IT
"Erika Roses' haunted-but-hopeful performance as Hawa is what makes Derek Goldmans elegant, compelling production register as a story rather than a debate. [Rose] lets you straight into her heart."
--The City Paper
"With her hauntingly expressive eyes, Rose cuts a warmly embraceable figure as Hawa. This actress of open heart does manage to touch ours."
--The Washington Post
"Erika Rose fans, line up and see how she careens from devastating brutality, horrendous pain and suffering, to fateful resignation, to bright-eyed enthusiasm, all while somehow clinging to vestiges of hope and humanity. It's an amazing performance."