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Chidester’s staging is wholly natural and lifelike in its pacing, the ebb and flow of emotions, the rhythms of speech and the play’s depiction of the pitfalls of all relationships.
The text and Chidester’s staging of it are simultaneously very funny and devastatingly sad.
"Art" by Yasmina Reza
The Hunger Artists
"The show is artfully directed by Katie Chidester, creating two worlds separated by time but connected by story. "
"...directed by Katie Chidester with all the sensitivity and passion the play requires."
Long Beach Gazette
"Katie Chidester provides skilled, clear, and often inspired direction, keeping up the pacing and expertly holding all of our focus though both acts. She is not afraid of the silence which this play needs to feel believable, and her use of theatricality, though reserved, helps elevate the play's most transcendent moments. "
-Long Beach Post
"Sans Merci" by Johnna Adams
The Garage Theater
"Chidester’s realization of Machinal is so pitch-perfect that it’s hard to imagine that the original production wouldn’t seem lacking by comparison, considering that Chidester has recourse to inspiration and technology unavailable to producers in 1928."
Greater Long Beach
"...director Katie Chidester has all the right instincts in knowing where stridency is appropriate, and in mounting a production that could hardly be more compelling."
-Signal Tribune, Long Beach
"As director Katie Chidester's brave staging proves, "Machinal" depicts a world devoid of kindness, consideration and most other redeeming human qualities."
"This compelling study of a sensitive woman trying to live up to the expectations of others and find her place in “the machine of life” may be Expressionist in style but it’s no musty museum relic in director Katie Chidester’s agile hands—beginning with a scene in an office building that could generate enough electricity to light up Long Beach."
"Machinal" by Sophie Treadwell
Long Beach Playhouse
"...director Katie Chidester succeeds in the most important objective: showcasing what an awesome talent Shepard was at his relatively short-lived peak."
The Hunger Artists Theater Co.