For most of my life, I have been involved in both the visual and performing arts both separately and simultaneously. As a young girl about the age of 6 and 7, I was singing, painting & drawing, telling stories and performing in the school plays. By the time I was 8 years old, I was producing and directing haunted houses, original puppet shows & plays, one woman self-indulgent 8 year old shows most of which took place in my basement in Philadelphia. The reason I bring up this early time in my youth is because I still do or try to do all of those things that I did at 8 and 9 years old, today. I still paint, tell stories, write plays, direct, produce, act & sing. I really want to tell stories in any form I can. And I LOVE dogs.
Review A Great Romp with Dogs! February 9, 2012
"Even with many time (if not scene) changes, Kelley keeps the show moving at a fast pace and never lets the comedy slump. If Bolander and Brauer, and Alvarez and Uyank are over-the-top, they are also the funniest of the couples. In fact the show is best when it is the most ridiculous.
Although "Dog Park" is great fun and great farce, it does reveal some telling points about humans and their canine friends. Humans can be much kinder and more caring towards their pets than they are towards other people. They can fuss over them as if they were their children. And as everyone knows, when two dog owners meet there is an instant bonding.
"Dog Park" makes fun of the foolishness dog owners sometimes exhibit when it comes to their dogs. But it also points out that dogs often are our best friends. And when we learn how to love our animals, we may be taking an important first step in learning how to love one another."
http://www.nytheatre-wire.com/ps12023t.htm- check out full review
Perfect Fit by Lina Patel
Eyeblink Theater (Eyeblink.org) May 2010
"Director Maura Kelley (doing double duty as the play’s set designer) creates a dynamic that is bouncy and playful. Her direction makes much use of the unit set, taking the audience swiftly from coffee shop to apartment to hospital waiting room with the quick adaptation of a few stock elements. "
R U Prime?
NY Fringe Festival 2008, Time Out NY
Evan Morgenstern – August 2008
**** (four stars)
"Lucas Roy Lehman’s acoustic musical R U Prime? manages to be a fun, toe-tapping experience that would be perfect for Broadway…”
“The highs and lows of sex, drugs and rock & roll—though at times clichéd—make for electric scenes that are complemented by hypnotic music, well performed by the talented, rock-inclined cast.—, “Time Out NY
Curtain Up Review, Julia Furay 08/08
“…Director Maura Kelly has given us some interesting visuals…”
NY Fringe Festival 2006 Review Nytheatre.com
Tess Gill – August 11, 2006
“There's a lot going on in this show. Many times all ten actors are on stage at once. I commend the director (Maura Kelley) for capably handling everyone in such a small space. The Earth scene, taking place in the back of a catering hall, is particularly impressive with various choreographed mishaps.
Barefoot in the Park
Review #1-Bureau County Republican
Mark Gillespie July 11, 2005
“If you haven't hitched your wagon to Festival 56 yet, you are missing out. This New York repertory theater company is offering our community some of the best theater it has ever seen. If you went to Chicago, St. Louis or New York, you would find no production better staged.
But Chris George as "Veeector" and Katherine Tremper as Mother just tore it up. Each put a flair into the character that was honest, real and fun.
”…Check the calendar. This is a must see.”
Bureau County Republican – Review #2
Dave Gillespie July 11, 2005
“The ensuing situations result in numerous belly laughs from the audience, both young and old alike. Although much of the humor is physical (one of the funniest instances is an angry Paul chopping vegetables), a great deal of ironic dialogue contributes to the overall hilarity”.
NY International Fringe Festival 2007
Julie Congress Aug 17, 2007
“Playwright/director Maura Kelley has created an amusing, instructive show. There are also a few lines thrown in for the older members of the audience, including a reference to creationism (thus why they can't be sure how old Earth is) and calling Pluto a "little person planet" rather than a "dwarf planet."
“… So thank you, Earth's Vacation, for helping me brush up on my astronomy and for instructing a new generation on how to save our planet.”
Estrogenius Festival 2007- - Red Carpet
nytheatre.com / October 2007
Week 4 - Reviewed by Shelley Molad
“Red Carpet may be the most enjoyable piece of the evening.”
“…During an impromptu lip-sync[Actually staged] in the limousine, the entire theatre filled with laughter. The humor dies down when Alli Loeffert (steps out of the car and refuses to give up her values for Hollywood, despite the harsh realities.”