A Re-enactment of One Woman's Deportation Proceedings
"The story is presented in a very straightforward manner, yet somehow engenders great empathy. Much of that is thanks to Stephanie Anne Bertumen's beautiful performance as Elizabeth, fully embodying this real life woman...giving us a sense of who she was." -Cherry and Spoon"
“...Stephanie Anne Bertumen as Elizabeth Keathley.…has some moments when she needs to compose herself, but as with every aspect of performance in The Courtroom...it's indistinguishable from real life, so naturalistic...." -The Stages of MN
"It's not monotone or devoid of emotion, it's devoid of what we think of as acting, it feels real, which is a credit to all of the actors involved." -The Stages of MN
“As directed by James Rodriguez (a familiar face on stage), the actors...don't seem to be acting at all, they just become these people." -Cherry and Spoon
"This was one of the best uses of a nontraditional performance space that I have been witness to....and it becomes increasingly easy to lose sight of the proceedings as performance….Which is deceptively hard to actually pull off and what makes the event so unique and engrossing." -The Stages of MN
"This is what theater is meant to be and do." -audience member
"It was riveting and forced me to walk in the shoes of a life I needed to understand." -audience member
"...there isn't a false moment from anyone in the show." -The Stages of MN
Theater Latté Da
“And Stephanie Bertumen: Wow.” -John Olive, How Was the Show?
“...Bertumen, also gifted, is less widely known, but that seems likely to change soon. Here, she’s perfectly cast in a role that employs both sympathetic spunk and tragic depth.” -Jay Gabler, City Pages
The Winter's Tale
Ten Thousand Things