Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing - Signature Theatre
Rebekah Brockman is delightful as Joelle. She helps her aunt early in her career, but by the time Mrs. Miller goes to Vietnam, Joelle's moral objection to the war gets the better of her and she refuses to go. Brockman makes it clear that Joelle grows from a college freshman whose greatest dream is to get into a sorority, and becomes a young woman with real political choices.
Barabara Mackay – Theater Mania
Mrs. Miller’s other family member, her niece Joelle is handled skillfully by Rebekah Brockman, who goes on her own journey with her aunt’s sudden fame. Starting as a mousey college freshman, Joelle joins Elva’s tiny entourage and finds herself opening her mind and body to the new experiences of the sexual revolution and drug culture of the music industry. Her anti-Vietnam War stance clashes with her aunt’s staunch patriotism and these conflicts help propel the story through the demise of Miller’s novelty singing career.
Jeffrey Walker - DC Theater Scene
Rebekah Brockman’s performance as Joelle is another outstanding one. From her initially blunt assessment of her Aunt – “she’s a terrible singer” – to the moral compromise of her financial gain from her Aunt’s success, Brockman is a delight to watch on stage as moving as she is amusing.
Chris Williams – MD Theatre Guide
Lapine surrounds Mrs. Alva Miller with a live-in niece named Joelle (played convincingly and winningly by Rebekah Brockman) who goes from a geek and virgin, to a young woman with confidence and a willingness to speak her mind. Joelle becomes the true avatar and champion of the ‘times they are a changin’.’
David Siegel – DC METRO THEATER ARTS
The relationship fostered between Monk and Rebekah Brockman, who played Joelle, was incredible. It was clear each person had their own goals and values in mind, and was willing to stand up for those values while also recognizing the familial bond between them. The display immediately reminded me of what I imagine to be numerous households in this moment in history, with family members on both sides of the political aisle staying true to what they believe in yet still trying to maintain healthy relationships with each other.
Taylor Stokes – The DBK
A TASTE OF HONEY - PEARL THEATER
For the record, Joan Plowright and Amanda Plummer played Jo on Broadway, Rita Tushingham starred in the film version, and Helen Sadler was heart-tuggingly good in the 2008 Chicago revival. Hence it’s high praise to say that Ms. Brockman is worthy of her predecessors, giving an earthy performance that feels less like acting than living.
Terry Teachout – The Wall Street Journal
…the actresses who have played her [Jo] to acclaim over the years include Joan Plowright and Amanda Plummer. Add to that list Rebekah Brockman, whose memorable and assured portrayal is one of the chief attractions of Austin Pendleton’s revival, at the Pearl Theater Company.
Laura Collins-Hughs – The NY Times
Rebekah Brockman is a revelation in the role of quirky, outspoken Jo.Brockman’s splay-legged stance in the first act is the essence of schoolgirl truculence. Her eyes are like security cameras: Jo (Delaney, actually: a phenom at age 19) takes absolutely everything in.
Sandy MacDonald – Time Out New York
Blessedly, the production benefits from a stellar leading lady in Brockman, who helps hold the show together with her ballsy performance. Brockman's Jo is simultaneously vulnerable and strong, suggesting someone who has been regularly knocked down, but always gets back up again (she's also the only member of the cast to maintain an unshakable Northern dialect).
Zachary Stewart – Theater Mania
In Brockman’s hands, Delaney’s heroine is stubborn, unsentimental, and fascinatingly difficult to read, presenting a smooth, often hostile surface that repels easy attempts at psychoanalysis.
Miriam Felton-Dansky – The Village Voice
OCTOBER 16TH IS A BIG DAY!
Bridge of Spies and The Knick Season 2 are BOTH premiering!
The Knick Seaon 2
Rebekah received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Thomasina in Arcadia at Yale Rep.
One Night Only!
A reading of Country Club at WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE!
Directed by Anne Keefe
Rebekah was recently on set with Tom Hanks filming Bridge of Spies directed by Steven Spielberg.
Thomasina in "Arcadia" at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by James Bundy.
"Young Thomasina Coverly, charmingly played by Rebekah Brockman, laments the Greek classics lost in antiquity when the storied library of Alexandria."
-SYLVIANE GOLD New York Times
Rebekah will be playing Emily Webb in "Our Town" at Actors Theatre of Louisville, directed by Les Waters.
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"Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers (Rebekah Brockman and Dan Clegg) look as though they graduated from high school last week. The tone is boisterous—Ms. Brockman's Juliet is zany, giggly and plainly eager to get her beau into bed—and Paul James Prendergast's techno-pop music heightens the right-this-minute atmosphere. Fine performances all around, especially from Ms. Brockman."
-TERRY TEACHOUT The Wall Street Journal
"Brockman is the perfect Juliet for Cooper's vision. Fresh from her triumph as a similarly precocious girl in ACT's "Arcadia," she's the most convincing almost-14 Juliet since Franco Zeffirelli's 1960s stage and film versions, and in some ways more engaging. She's a Juliet balanced on a cusp, not so much torn between as fully inhabiting the girl clinging to her childhood and the young woman flinging herself into newfound romance.She seems to pull Dan Clegg's more agelessly youthful Romeo into orbit with her, sparking passion in an otherwise genially attractive performance." -Robert Hurwitt SFGate
"Our Juliet is played by Rebekah Brockman, who only just finished wowing San Francisco audiences as Thomasina in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Possessing a gymnast's physique that renders her an almost unsettlingly convincing thirteen-year-old, the actress is a compact thunderbolt of love-bitten teen energy. None of that wilting "Romeo, Romeo" business; Brockman surges through her speech like a woman on a mission.
Her truly shining moments, however, occur during the play's suddenly very dark second act, in which her lover is banished for murder and she finds herself cornered by her family into an engagement to another man. She becomes downright bestial at times, grunting and flailing about the stage like a caged animal, before becoming mad with resolve to either rejoin her lover or die. In a soliloquy more alarming than it often comes off, the character contemplates awakening in her family tomb after her temporary poison wears off, and how such a gruesome circumstance could well drive her mad enough to "with some great kinsman's bone, as with a club, dash out my desperate brains." When Brockman says it, her wide eyes fixed on a distant point in space, her character momentarily ceases to be an impulsive girl and rises to the ranks of Hamlet, Lear, and all of Shakespeare's greatest crazies." -Alex Bigman East Bay Express
"[Cooper] has also a secret weapon at her disposal -- a luminous Rebekah Brockman as the ill-fated heroine, Juliet. Brockman, who stole many a scene as the brilliant Thomasina in "Arcadia" at ACT, parses the verse with great sensitivity but never loses the heat of moment. She radiates youthful impetuousness with a simplicity that's disarming. She also nails Juliet's fierce wit, which she must often cloak in primness, and her precociousness makes her lot all the more tragic. Destined to be married off at 14, she refuses to submit to convention and falls for Romeo (Dan Clegg), the last boy her family will accept. Flowers strewn through her hair, this Juliet exerts the pull of gravity of her beau and soon both are spinning into doom as the powers that be plot against them. " -Karen D'Souza San Jose Mercury News
"Dan Clegg as Romeo and Rebekah Brockman as Juliet have charm and chemistry, and it’s not at all unappealing to see them kiss (and kiss…and kiss). Their balcony scene is a real charmer largely because they’re so good at conveying that initial burst of intense joy that comes from young love. Clegg’s happy dance is awfully endearing. But it’s Brockman’s Juliet who is a revelation in this production. It’s not just that she seems appropriately young (Juliet is not yet 14, after all). She’s a bit of a spoiled rich girl, but even more than that, she’s a force of personality, intelligence and staggering appeal. This is very much Juliet’s story, although Clegg makes it easy to see why she might become so captivated by her young suitor."
"The character Thomasina is played by MFA student Rebekah Brockman who may be on the path to quick stardom that Annette Bening followed by playing leads while still a student."-The Examiner
"Rebekah Brockman's pert, omnivorously curious 13-year-old Thomasina Coverly is wrestling with Latin, Fermat's Last Theorem, Newtonian physics, sexual curiosity and a crush on her tutor, Jack Cutmore-Scott's casually sexy, distracted Septimus." -SF Gate
"Rebekah Brockman delivers an astounding and entirely believable performance as Thomasina, the innocent girl genius, the heart and soul of the play. Her natural chemistry with her tutor, Septimus, Jack Cutmore-Scott, is a delight."
"Rebekah Brockman is brainy Thomasina Coverly and Jack Cutmore-Scott is her ambitious tutor, Septimus Hodge. Their smart repartee is divine and their on stage chemistry is magic in A.C.T.’s production of Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia.”
"Tomasina (played with natural, believable grace by Rebekah Brockman)" -SF Examiner
"Thomasina Coverly (the articulate and bubbly Rebekah Brockman, who does an admirable job of maturing in Act 2 as a 17-year-old)" -SFist
Rebekah was nominated for a San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award for her performance as 'The Ghost of Christmas Past' in American Conservatory Theater's production of A Christmas Carol.
"A drop-dead sexy collection of ghosts (including Rebekah Brockman)." - Stark Insider
"The Spirit of Christmas Past (played by Rebekah Brockman with the physical grace of a trapeze artist)." -Stage and Cinema
Rebekah recently appeared at American Conservatory Theater as Jenny Trusk in the World Premier of 'Dead Metaphor' written by George F. Walker.
"Rebekah Brockman plays Jenny with an appealingly hostile edge." -SF Examiner
"Rebekah Brockman, a magnetic, no-nonsense Jenny." -SF Gate
"Jenny (played by the talented and tough Rebekah Brockman)." -SFist