Reviews for Hedwig + The Angry Inch

“…Neil Patrick Harris has nothing on Kirk Vanda, who reprises his role as Hedwig from last season in this production. Vanda is brilliant.Vanda gives a performance that’s magnificent in its scope. The energy the entire team exudes during the two-hour show, performed without an intermission, is an intense labor of love that’s not to be missed.

…It’s a theatrical experience like no other. Deter’s capable direction keeps Vanda moving; the guy is a triple threat. The energy he puts out over the course of two hours, complete with costume and wig changes, is nothing short of other worldly. Vanda’s quips are au current – he gets in his digs on Jeffrey Epstein, Mike Pence, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Jamaica Plain and of course, Concord itself (“I am Thoreau-ly disappointed in you”). In addition to the impeccable musicianship, the acting is amazing.” 

Michele Markarian | Theater Mirror, January 10, 2020

Hedwig and the Angry Inch …could not have been better; we cannot imagine a more professional, entertaining and moving performance. The cast, crew, band all came together for an exciting night of theatre. Kirk Vanda, on stage almost continually as Hedwig, was superb, bringing joy, humor, raunchy connection to the audience, and heart. He was outstanding in portraying the sweep of emotions of the character and the realities of the search for identity and meaning that we all can understand.”

“[Incredible…] the lead actor/singer was probably the most talented person I have ever had the privilege to watch–acting, singing, dancing, comedic lines. The rest of the bunch was great too. I highly recommend the show. I couldn’t take my eyes off Hedwig – fascinating!”

“An EPIC congratulations to The Umbrella Community Arts Center’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in Concord. This is one of my all time favorite shows, and I found messy, gritty perfection in every corner of the music, acting, and delicious themes and imagery. An absolute marvel and Hedwig is a delight. Catch it before it closes. Do yourself a favor.”

Audience Feedback, 2019

Reviews for Deathtrap

“Kirk Vanda is a study in emoting as Clifford, the aspiring playwright whose affable geekiness belies ambition.  Subtly, this actor manages to portray a naïveté that feels insincere, not endearing.”

Kathie Raleigh | Woonsocket Call, October 19, 2018

“The young playwright, Cliff is played by Kirk Vanda. He is dynamic as Cliff with his many physical scenes in the show. Kirk handles them wonderfully that you don’t know will happen next. He handles the transition from naive student into a menacing figure with ease.  He is especially impressive in the angry scene in Act 2.”

Tony Annicone | Theater Mirror, September 15, 2018

“Vanda’s Clifford comes across as naive and hopeful, thrilled to be in the presence of his hero.”

Nicole LaBresh | Motif October 14, 2018