Press

A Woman Is A Secret, Rip Jaw Productions

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“The most engaging of the evening… the man [Anand Rajaram] and the woman [Anna Hardwick] are equally whimsical.” Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

“A triumph for indie theatre. This team of established and emerging creators turn A Woman is a Secret into a charming show and an achievement for the indie theatre scene in Toronto.” Caroline Maga, Toronto Star

“Amongst many fine performances, a few that stand out are Rip Jaw founder Anna Hardwick as the outrageous titular waitress in the opening short play French Waitress.” Post City 

“Anna Hardwick was outstanding as the embittered newlywed. The chemistry between Hardwick and Anand Rajaram was electric, and made for a not only funny, but very touching scene.” Emily Dix

“A magical, memorable night of theatre… The night’s first half is particularly strong, beginning with a piece about a bickering couple (Noah Reid and Karen Knox) whose encounter with a rude French server (Anna Hardwick) sheds light on their relationship.” Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

“The acting from this company is very fine… The woman causing this schism is Blanche, the French waitress, played with languid insouciance by Anna Hardwick…It’s quite a coup for the three indie companies who produced this world premiere of A Woman Is A Secret. That they are so well produced and acted is a bonus.” Lynn Slotkin

“This production [is] an opportunity to showcase a whack of very talented actors. Anna Hardwick [is one of two] actors who play double roles, and they both do it so beautifully it would be interesting to know how many people noticed, since they were both able to present completely different characters and weren’t recognizable at all.” Mooney on Theatre 

“The most effective scene in the show… French Waitress, with a dining couple… who are respectively annoyed and bemused by their languid server (Hardwick), took some interesting twists.” Torontoist

“Sweet and magical … a visible magnetism between [Anand Rajaram] and Anna Hardwick.”
TWISI Theatre Blog 

“I’m either appalled or charmed (by watching my work on stage). I was charmed… Last night I refound the innocence of theatre in the beauty of this production.” Playwright John Patrick Shanley.

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“Scorching performances from a talented cast… Anna Hardwick is just plain impressive as Natalie, going from perky authority to lost sensuality to deep despair in very little time…”
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, 3 ½ Stars

“…Hardwick and Doucet are superb picking away at each other’s wounds.”
Glen Sumi, NOW Magazine

“The glory of this production is the passionate, powerful and highly concentrated acting…” Paula Citron, Classical 96 FM

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Abigail’s Party, Theatre Passe Muraille, Precisely Peter Productions

 “… testament to the fabulous acting abilities of Anna Hardwick.” Mooney on Theatre

“…indelible performances.” Scene Changes

“Anna Hardwick is priceless as the bubbly Beverly, desperate to relieve her boredom and hell-bent on showcasing her attractive home and its convenience.” Burke Campbell

“Speaking of the actors, they were extremely good. .. the use of clever subtlety … and layered digs were the weapons of choice between Beverly (Anna Hardwick) and Lawrence (Dylan Roberts).”  The Arts Guild

Melancholy Play, SummerWorks Festival

“Risky performances — including Anna Hardwick’s lovely nurse Joan complement Ruhl’s sardonic script. A rare (Canadian) opportunity to see a Ruhl play done right.” Eye Weekly, 4 Stars

“an impressive cast expertly bring out the laughs while understanding the pain beneath the humour.”
Glen Sumi, NOW Magazine

Cancer Time, SummerWorks Festival

“Authentically and sympathetically delineated…a pleasure to sit back and watch… the dynamics between the two are riveting… the two talented actors mined Owen’s writing for all its political worth.”
Kamal Al-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail

“… Anna Hardwick delivers lusty, richly nuanced performance.”
Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

Barefoot in the Park, Theatre & Company

“Hardwick [has] the audience shrieking with laughter.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Cord Weekly

“Hardwick’s Corie is vivacious, delivering her dialogue with a flirtatious sparkle and a great sense of timing… frisky and witty.”
Imprint Waterloo

Pride and Prejudice, Citadel Theatre

“…captivating to watch … , Anna Hardwick (Miss Caroline Bingley) plays the snotty bitch who turns her nose down at everyone, including Mrs. Bennet [Lally Cadeau]. …the dynamic between the two women [is] one of the best aspects of this production.” The Gateway, Edmonton

“They are all brilliant, brilliant actors – I could not believe that such a comparative youth had the emotional or acting maturity to take the audience on such a transitional ride.” Edmonton Sun

“The cast are a carefully chosen group of versatile, skilled performers…fantastic theatrical feats… some particularly impressive onstage archery [by Anna Hardwick].”
Vue Weekly, Edmonton

Purgatory in Ingleton, SummerWorks Festival

“…strangely captivating. I could see the torment in their faces as these poor youth screeched and clawed at each other in their struggle to be understood. All nine cast members are excellent…” Mooney on Theatre