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A brilliant performance...displays a tough softness that would either absorb a bucket of water thrown on her or I turn it to steam as if it were tossed on a sizzling plate. --Daily Variety
Performance so powerful that no one in the theatre will ever forget it. The ovations she gets are richly deserved. Performance like hers is as important as it is rare. --Hollywood Reporter
She is exceptional in the complex role, masochist with initiative, passive manipulator, perversely tender. --Los Angeles Times
A highly skilled, remarkable young player...a beauty with eyes that melt the heart….played with canny know-how and delightful understanding. --Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
For Miss Partnow to attempt to recreate the role portrayed on Broadway by Anne Bancroft is no small challenge. Last night, she made it! --Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
She displays very good Elaine May/Barbra Streisand comic abilities. - -Daily Variety
A stand-out as Lear's undeserving daughter, Goneril. --Jewish Times
Superb...especially Elaine Partnow's free-wheeling model.
--Women's Wear Daily
Quite remarkable as the amoral model.
--Show Business Business Magazine
A memorable, exciting portrait of a roller derby queen... her dime store hard, humanly-bereft characterization is full of the stamp and imprint of life. --Los Angeles Herald Examiner
The most varied touching performance in the play...a roller derby queen of toughness, charm and unsuspected sadness.
She is highly gifted…her exuberance, her vitality...are handled with surety and theatrical aplomb. It would seem that Miss Partnow cannot miss on any assignment.
She ought to be hired permanently. For my money, she makes the evening. --KCBS/TV
Her acting makes an already funny play a hilarious experience. – Arkansas Democrat
A talented young actress who's going to make it big!
--Memphis Commercial Appeal
She has a fanciful air, captures the imagination and interest...right childish tone as doomed circus beauty. --Los Angeles Times
Smooth professional portrayal… --Beverly Hills Times
Bright and colorful as doomed daughter. -- Daily Variety
Seguing slickly from frowzy to sexy, she is a chilling female figure. – Hollywood Reporter
A subtle and lively satirist. -- Los Angeles Times
Living History Portrayals & Public Speaking…
Full of surprises...a magical and revelatory quality...
-- University of New Orleans
Partnow speaks with...a sincerity that can be unsettling. The best moments come when she takes on the guises of the women she is honoring... --Richard Dodd, The Times-Picayune/States Item
You were a smashing success...The conference participants were talking about you all day. – Lisa Raufman, Moorpark College, California
Your interaction with the audience was superb...
– Department of Energy, Spokane
I would pay five dollars to see her again. – 4th grader
Your performance...was breathtaking. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it... -- David Blackwell, Southeastern Louisiana University
Expert at tailoring her program to a wide range of audiences...
– Washington Commission for the /Humanities
A most fitting and beautiful way to open a literary conference...
– South Central Conference on Christianity & Literature
You could not have been more entertaining.
– County of Los Angeles Public Library
She is as professional as she is talented.
– New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
I can't imagine ever tiring of Elaine's productions... – Susan Herman, Owner, Interlocken International Camp, New Hampshire
Evoking laughter and tears...this talented performer kept the audience enchanted... --Judith Meltzer-Smith, Multi-Arts Resource Specialist, Seattle Public Schools
Your Living History was experienced as powerful snapshots of partnership In women’s lives. It was beautiful. Thank you.
– Riane Eisler, International Partnership Way Conference
The female voice . . . vibrantly comes to life . . . She provides timeless pieces of wisdom for both men and women—a real tour de force!
– Kathy Bellon, Committee for Children, Seattle
Noteworthy... – Dorothy Brown. Ph. D., Loyola University
Elaine Partnow brings women's history alive in a magic evening of theatre that is funny, moving and very entertaining. I highly recommend it for all audiences. – Dr. Larry Gray, Department of Theatre, Southeastern Louisiana University
If you only wish to see one evening of entertainment in a year . .
DO NOT MISS ELAINE PARTNOW. You only have to see her once to remember her forever. She showed us, thank God, why a woman, is a woman, is a woman!
– Todd Johnson, Qjo de Lago, Guadalajara/Chapala, Mexico
She never seems to be performing but actually living out her life before our eyes...A refreshingly pretty, normal girl...she becomes truly beautiful, positively glowing from within.
--Los Angeles Times
One is watching unknown, superb actors… everything is very close to life. -- Albert Johnson, film critic and professor at UC Berkeley; director of 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival
Slipaway (feature film)
Partnow...feels entirely genuine, exuding contentment and delight, but she’s also deft with some of the more challenging emotions that Fall experiences... Partnow is a revelation. The material could feel manipulative, but she convinces viewers that every moment is real.
–Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2017