Reviews

“42 Seconds of Happiness” – Indie Feature  *Best Feature –  Women Texas Film Fest, Best Ensemble Cast – Harlem International Film Fest, Indie Spirit Award & Best Ensemble Cast –  Princeton International Film Fest.

“With her striking beauty and dynamic charm, Becca Ayers is imprinting her delightful facets on the indie genre. If you adore statuesque actresses such as Katee Sackhoff and Cate Blanchett then include Becca in your cherished list. She stars in the entertaining film “42 Seconds of Happiness” which has swept multiple awards at numerous film festivals. …  Becca adeptly exhibits her character Cybil’s journey from sanguine to growing strain while at a reunion of friends as secrets are exposed and unresolved tensions come to a head. Just like her cast mates, Becca intelligently improvised on the initial screenplay which added authenticity to the film.

“Becca has also been eye-catching on the theatre scene regularly getting commendation for her sterling work. She’s been lauded as compelling and likeable, praised in the same breath as Annaleigh Ashford of “Masters Of Sex” fame. Don’t we all go delirious over charming blondes who have a wonderful presence on screen?  I for one would love to see Becca on television. She would be a formidable addition to the cast of any hit series right now. At this moment she’s making a vast impression on the film festival circuit so start applauding the articulate and gifted Becca Ayers.”  Haren Yong,  Actress and Life Obsession Blog

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“Sarah, Plain and Tall” – Lucille Lortel Theatre

“The cast is Broadway caliber. Becca Ayers as Sarah has just the right gawky appeal, thanks to a lovely singing voice and pitch-perfect performance.” Roma Torre, NY1

“Ayers makes a striking heroine, mastering both Sarah’s genuine kindness and her insecure need to be liked.”  Mark Blankenship, Variety

“Becca Ayers embraces this role and accepts the traits as if they were her own…Ayers is both secure in the awkward skin of Sarah and emboldened by her character’s idiosyncrasies. It is as if by each successive rejection, she becomes more confident of her identity.” Jo Ann Rosen, nytheatre.com

“Becca Ayers, slightly reminiscent of a tall Cate Blanchett, perfectly captures the awkward tomboyish Sarah, who refuses to change for anyone in her affecting performance of ‘Is it me you want to kiss?'” Time Out NY

“…the nimble cast is up to [the] multilevel role playing…and the ensemble work is well nigh flawless. Just the same, Becca Ayers is hard to miss as Sarah. This big-boned blond is tall and strapping all right, although she’s about as ‘plain’ as a Victoria’s Secret model. But she has such an affinity for the tomboyish Sarah (and enough conviction as an actress to pull it off) that we’ll humor her.” Variety

“The incomparable Becca Ayers returns to the role of Sarah with grit, determination and a clarion voice that serves Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s tuneful score beautifully.” David Hurst, Next

 

“Children of Eden” – Ford’s Theatre

“Both Cassidy and Ayers are moving actors who wear their roles well… Ayers is outstanding as Eve. Her first solo, ‘The Spark of Creation,’ is a tiny musical miracle, showcasing Ayers’ vocal nuances and pop belt.” Jolene Munch, Metro Weekly

“As Eve, Becca Ayers sings with such utter conviction that the sounds very nearly solidify into a physical shape with a specific weight and matter.”  Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun

“Ayers displays an immense amount of range throughout the piece and has a voice that simply soars.”  Tracy Lyon, Talkin’ Broadway

“It has the most infectious cast seen in many a day with full throated voices who manage beautiful articulation so every word of the script can be understood. Bradley Dean (Father/God), Becca Ayers (Eve/Mama) and Joe Cassidy (Adam/Noah) are super magnificent in their singing and acting with the biggest showstopper, of which there are many, by Ms. Ayers belting ‘Ain’t It Good?'” Bob Anthony, Foggy Bottom News

“Standouts in the cast include Becca Ayers as Eve. Her voice is amazing and her delivery pulls the humor out of each line. When Eve bids farewell in her death scene it is actually quite touching.” Rich See, CurtainUp

“Becca Ayers, who plays Eve and Mama, has a speaking voice that is just as vibrant, clear and full of emotion as her singing voice, which is a gift.”  Lisa Troshinsky, The Washington Diplomat

“The cast is vocally stunning, especially Bradley Dean as God/Father and Becca Ayers as Eve/Mama Noah, who also handles her comic lines in the Noah story with such accomplished punch the audience was with her all the way.” Ben Ryland, baltimoregaylife.com

“As Eve/Mama, Becca Ayers is splendidly exuberant, with a wondrously clear vocal instrument that sells each of her songs with joy and authority.”  T.L. Ponick, Washington Times

“Playing the parts of Eve and Mother, Noah’s wife, Becca Ayers wows the audience with her incredible vocal range, accurately capturing
each genre of music used in the show, and closing the first act with an exceptional performance of ‘Children of Eden’.”  Mary Frances McCarthy, Arlington Catholic Herald

“As Eve/Mama, the extraordinary Becca Ayers’ amazing voice dazzles…”  David Hurst, Next Magazine

 

Dogfight “– Second Stage Theatre

“…led by the luminous Lindsay Mendez as Rose Fenny, Annaleigh Ashford, Dierdre Friel and Becca Ayers, are all so compelling and likeable.”  David Hurst, Next Magazine

“The performers are a complete pleasure to watch… through sheer skill and discipline. The harmonies are close and the pleasure these actors take in singing is palpable… You should be seeing these actors again if there is any theatre justice roaming the streets.”  Tulis McCallNew, York Theatre Guide

“…wonderfully acted by a 11-member cast…”  Jonathan Mandell, The Faster Times

 

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” – Dallas Theatre Center

“Becca is so natural and real that you smell the salt of the ocean when she walks on stage. Her voice is pure and rich. The audience is enchanted as she tells her story.”  Thomas Wattley, Dallas Weekly 

“Becca Ayers transforms herself poetically into this tall, thin railed easterner. At times Hepburnish in her walk and delivery, she truly brought the written character of Sarah to life before our eyes.”  Matt Mungle, Irving Rambler

“As the title character, Ms. Ayers is a singing and dancing dynamo whose onstage persona perfectly exemplifies the liberated spirit of her plain and tall character…. Ms. Ayers is an extremely gifted and talented actor with a formidable stage presence.”  Rick A. Elina, North Dallas Gazette

“Becca Ayers as Sarah is statuesque, bellowing and brash, but full of the milk of human kindness. She makes Maine’s rustic beauty inflect the Kansas cornfields around her… It is a pleasure to see Ms. Ayers take a character like Sarah Wheaton and access her underlying desire for freedom while witnessing her growth into domestication. In the end, Sarah doesn’t bristle against the reins but puts them over herself not a a tamed beast but as a companion in the harness.” Joan Artery, Renegade Bus

“Ayers has a proud mien and sturdy way about her that perfectly captures the fiery independence of a woman beset by chauvinism…”  Arnold Wayne, DallasVoice.com

“Broadway actress Becca Ayers is charming in the title role, with a lovely voice and natural physicality.”  Dustin Reasons, Star

 

“Honkey Tonk Angels” – Virginia Stage Co. 

“Becca Ayers’s thrilling, scorching, unforgettable, and in Angela’s situation, ever so ironic ‘Stand by Your Man,’ is the second song of the show, a superb piece of staging, choreography and pure performing ability. (‘Class will tell,’ as they say at the tracks, and so will sheer raw talent and years of dance training.)  Among her show-topping sextet of eagerly anticipated solos, Ayers’s ‘Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (with lovin’ on your mind)’ and her almost mournful paean to fidelity, ‘Almost Persuaded,’ stand out.” Montague Gammon III, Veer Magazine

 

“Hello, Dolly ” – Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

“Ayers donned one of her hats and sang Irene Malloy’s lovely signature ballad ‘Ribbons Down My Back.’  Like Greg White, a tall and forceful performer, Ayers added a refreshing shading to the role of Irene Molloy, suggesting that she, too, like Dolly, knew what she wanted, rather than the usual subdued interpretation.  The duet by White and Ayers on ‘It Only Takes A Moment’ left a gorgeous, indelible impression.”  Clif Warren, Edmond Life and Leisure

 

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” – Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

“My favorite is the final number, The Writing on the Wall, which was sung by the great Betty Buckley in the original cast and is given almost equal excellence by Becca Ayers, who is one of those gifted performers who stands out in any cast.” Harry Hamm, KMOX-AM

 

“Spare Change” – New York International Fringe Festival

“Becca Ayers, as a young ad exec, is the cog pin of the talented squad of actors in this piece. Like the play itself, her character swings wildly through a range of emotional, moral, and conceptual states, through which Ayers is able to exhibit her effortless control.”  Steve Chasey, nytheatre.com

 

“The Last 5 Years” – Speakeasy Stage Company 

“Both Sessions and Ayers have palpable stage presence, with Ayers giving Catherine some much-needed nuance, especially in ‘A Summer in Ohio,’ her hilarious audition song, and ‘I Can Do Better Than That,’ an ode to getting beyond the expectations of a small town. Ayers has magnificent vocal power…she does her best to give Catherine a spine…”  Terry Byrne, The Boston Herald

“Ayers and Sessions have perhaps the most powerful, exquisitely controlled voices you’ll see on a Boston stage this year. They are admirably paired with each other – this is some of the most audaciously difficult material a vocalist can attempt in a solo setting.”  David Foucher, hereboston.com

“Cathy is played by a very talented Becca Ayers, a smart and striking figure of a woman with a lovely personality and powerful voice.”  Newberry St. Guide

“Becca Ayers plays his wife Cathy with a mezzo belt that gives great power to a character that could come across as a victim…”  James A. Lopata, News Weekly

 

“A Little Night Music” – Barrington Stage Company/Bristol Riverside

“The show’s earthier inistincts are in the more-than-capable hands of Becca Ayers as Petra, a lusty maid in the Egerman household. This is a full, robust, commanding performance.”  The Berkshire Eagle

“… the maid [is] played wonderfully by Becca Ayers. Her rendition of ‘The Miller’s Son’ comes close to stopping the show.”  J. Peter Bergman, The Independent

“A word about Becca Ayers as the servant Petra and her show-stopping “The Miller’s Son” which Sondheim places next to closing. The word is fabulous, or maybe gut-wrenching. Ms. Ayers, a minor character until that moment, commands the stage.” Mae G. Banner, Chronicle Freelance

 

“Cabaret” Barrington Stage Company/Orpheum Theatre (Foxboro)/Cambridge Theatre Company

“Becca Ayers gives Sally Bowles a nervous energy that betrays this song-and-dance girl’s fear of being a loser. While Ayers displays Bowles’ wild, unpredictable side in “Don’t Tell Mama,” she is pure and sincere in “Maybe This Time.” It’s a wonderfully vivacious and vulnerable performance that reaches out to connect with the audience.”  Jerry Byrne, Boston Herald

“The evening, however, belonged to Becca Ayers, playing the legendary Sally Bowles. She has a lovely voice and was the perfect picture of the wanton English girl, oblivious to everything except her good times and sex games. In addition to the familiar songs, “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Perfectly Marvelous” and “Maybe This Time,” her smashing rendition of “Cabaret” provided a grand finale to this Kander and Ebb musical.”  Sam Freedman, Bravo – The Performing & Visual Arts Newspaper for Western MA & Northern CT

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