What critics are saying about “The Rainmaker” at Edgemar Center For The Art

CRITIC’S CHOICE….The standout of this terrific cast is Tanna Frederick’s acerbically yearning Lizzie. Plain as mud in the early scenes, Frederick lets down her hair with Starbuck – and by some magic of theatrical alchemy, becomes a genuine beauty. It’s a transformation not to be missed.

– F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times

Its linchpin [is] Frederick’s droll, rat-smart Lizzie. With subtlety and composure that often belies the text, she knows who she is and what she wants…Terrific performance…

– Steven Leigh Morris, L.A. Weekly

Superb performance.

– Gerri Garner, American Radio Network

WOW….Frederick gives us a heartbreaking, real three-dimensional Lizzie, from her spunk and grit to her refusal to be a flirtatious bubblehead (though she does do a hilariously over-the-top imitation of one) to her very real long to fit in, to be the swan rather than the awkward duckling….Robert Standley is a leading man to be reckoned with.

– Steven Stanley, Stage Scene L.A.

Going against the obvious, [Tanna] Frederick plays Lizzie as strong and feisty, focusing less on her fragile, repressed side. It’s a perfectly credible choice, and when she does expose her character’s stoic despair, pain, and neediness, Frederick is all the more effective.

– Iris Mann, Back Stage

Frederick is outstanding. There is not a moment on stage when you don’t feel her deep need to be held, adored and loved. It’s almost, at times, heartbreaking to watch.

– Joan and John Schwartz, Examiner.com

Under the direction of Jack Heller, the cast does very well with their roles. Tanna Frederick is wonderful as Lizzie, beautifully inhabiting the character in her silences as well as when she’s speaking. Lizzie is the heart of the play, and Frederick’s portrayal is top-notch.

– Rom Watson, Grace Notes Stage


Tanna Fredrick, as the eponymous Sylvia, throws herself totally into the thing and maintains a high comic level. Her voice inflections, body twists and turns, and Jim Carey-like expressions run a full gamut of inventively delightful stuff.

– James Metropole, Beverly Hills Courier

Seriously entertaining, a great night out…Tanna Frederick is lightning in a bottle.

– Elliot Kotek, MovingPicturesMagazine.com

Playing the title role in Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, Tanna Frederick preens and gambols about the stage of the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica like she owns the place. And she does. Her kinetic energy fills the theater as she riotously stretches, scratches, sniffs, humps, licks, and hurls herself into something resembling, but thankfully not exactly copying, a dog. She is having the best time, and the sheer pleasure she takes in exploring every nook and cranny on stage, both figuratively and literally, sweeps us away.

– Samuel Bernstein, WeHo News

Led by an inspired ball of energy otherwise known as Tanna Frederick…the energy fun and pet-wise unconditional love is a Grogan-inspired marathon of energy put forth by Frederick.

– Joe Wehinger, DailyOvation.com

Tanna Frederick shines in ‘Sylvia.’ This play is the perfect vehicle for the very talented and versatile Frederick. Tanna Frederick totally embraces this role and has such ‘doggone’ fun in bringing Sylvia to life. It is infectious.

– Audrey Linden, Examiner.com


Tanna is like the famous racehorse Pharlap, who was so gifted, they would add additional lead weights under the saddle pad to intentionally slow him, so as not to embarrass the other horses on the track and make it somewhat competitive

Tanna is a true golden age throwback. I can easily see her as a contract player of the Thirties. A brassy, saucy, firecracker, full of moxie, a dame who could pull a heist, crack a joke, break a heart, croon a tune, and never muss her hair.