Posted on August 23, 2018
Let me brag at you for a minute: the production of The Jewish King Lear that I starred in earlier this year at the Metropolitan Playhouse is now nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre awards: Outstanding Revival and Outstanding Costumes!
I’m so proud to have been part of this show, bringing a classic of the 19th century Yiddish theater to a whole new audience in the 21st, where many of its themes still resonate so strongly.
Posted on May 21, 2018
Only one week left to catch me in “the superb new Metropolitan Playhouse production of Jacob Gordin’s The Jewish King Lear,” according to Tablet.
It’s a Yiddish theater classic from 1892, in a new English translation for the 21st century. We’ve been getting great audience feedback and lovely reviews:
“The outstanding cast has no weak links. Special praise for Olivia Killingsworth as Taybele, who exudes all the chaste sincerity of a pure soul…” – Eyes on World Cultures
“…standout work by Olivia Killingsworth as Taybele, who matures into a formidable woman…” – Lighting and Sound America
Hurry, we close this Sunday, May 27; info and tickets here!
Posted on September 11, 2015
I was already proud to have been a member of the cast of Within the Law, a 1912 melodrama produced last year by the Obie award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse. Over a hundred years after it had been written, many of the play’s themes were still surprisingly relevant; as the Times noted in its review, “However current the issues of income inequality, a living wage and an arbitrary criminal justice system may be, Within the Law reminds us that they have long been fodder for popular entertainment.”
Olivia onstage with Christian Rozakis in WITHIN THE LAW at the Metropolitan Playhouse. Photo by David Garcia Solodukho.
Well now I’m doubly proud, because we’ve just been nominated for an NYIT Award for Best Revival! Here’s a fun photo (courtesy of the NYIT Awards) of some of the cast and production team at the nominee announcement party. The award winners will be announced later this month, on September 21st.
L to R: Christian Rozakis, David Logan Rankin, Meredith M. Sweeney, Kelly Dean Cooper, Olivia Killingsworth, Michael Hardart, John D. McNally, and William Vann Carlton. Photo by Clayton Browne.
Posted on October 10, 2014
The reviews keep pouring in…
“Well acted… emotionally charged… a lovely performance by Killingsworth.” — CurtainUp
“The cast is uniformly excellent… It is also great to watch the growing chemistry of Killingsworth and Corbett as the play progresses…” — nytheaternow
“But our star here is the simply marvelous Olivia Killingsworth as Jane. What a powerful actress! I couldn’t take my eyes from her as she captured even the tiniest detail in emotion that rang so true.” — ArabVistas
“At the play’s center is Olivia Killingsworth’s Jane Crosby, the despised step-cousin (once removed) who is the salt of the earth. Her spare, unadorned character who has no time to mince words grounds the play with a solid rock foundation. Under her brusque, business-like exterior is a heart overflowing with love for those who deserve it.” — TheaterScene
I’m so proud of the reviews we’ve been getting, and I feel so lucky to be a member of this excellent cast. Get your tickets now, folks, performances are starting to sell out, and we close October 19!
Posted on September 27, 2014
A “fine revival… The only ray of warmth here is Jane (Olivia Killingsworth), a distant cousin who actually cares for — and about — the dying woman… Rather than single out every solidly ardent performance, let’s just acknowledge that all 12 actors are impressive…”
— The New York Times
“Ms. Killingsworth invests her character with great love and sadness, delivering a moving portrayal. It’s not often one sees deep spirituality portrayed so convincingly in American theater, but she does an outstanding job.”
— Stage and Cinema
I’m so thrilled to be starring in this excellent revival of Owen Davis’s 1923 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Icebound, currently at the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York’s East Village through October 19. I’d love to see you there!
We run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, with Wednesday and weekend matinees at 3pm; full schedule and tickets here.
Posted on March 15, 2013
Here’s a nice quote from the Times Square Chronicles about my work in The Shelter’s GHOST LIGHT last month (and the reason why some of my fellow Shelties now refer to me as “The Woman In Red”):
“As you enter the theatre itself, a woman in red (Olivia Killingsworth), hauntingly sings of the night, its mysteries, and of the moon… I would have preferred an entire evening of just this.”
Posted on April 25, 2012
“Olivia Killingsworth exhibits pinball-like energy and vocal imagination in Michael Bernstein’s solo piece Robot Girl.”
— Ethan Kanfer, Show Business Weekly
“Olivia Killingsworth is a frightening dynamo in the name of art.”
— Karen D’Onofrio, Electronic Link Journal
“…’Robot Girl,’ a brisk post-apocalyptic monologue performed with hip-hop intensity and vernacular by Olivia Killingsworth.”
— Mitch Montgomery, Backstage
Posted on January 1, 2011
“Olivia Killingsworth and Lena Gwendolyn Hill skillfully alternate as brash boys and girly girls.”
Los Angeles Times
(Review, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip)
“So, eight times every day, the children of Frip (the talented Olivia Killingsworth and Lena Gwendolyn Hill) and Capable (the lovely and charming Jamey Hood) pluck the gappers from the goats and toss them into the sea.”
The Hollywood Reporter
(Review, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip)