"This production is expertly directed by new OSF artistic director Nataki Garrett, who helps make this story come alive in such a vibrant and realistic manner."
"Director Nataki Garrett presents each of the characters in this same, take-it-or leave-it approach to the text that is emotionally gripping yet tender. She charges each scene with unexpected appearances through swinging doors and quick set changes in color and silhouette to suggest that the stakes in Creation are always high."
"It’s a fascinating comedic matrix that “An Octoroon” constructs, enlivened by Jacobs-Jenkins’s ear for absurdity and director Nataki Garrett’s sure-handed production for Woolly Mammoth Theatre."
"But it would not be fair to this terrific play — which is directed like it’s an open-heart emergency by Nataki Garrett — to see it merely as conversational or reactive. There is a deep longing for connection in the writing — a touching romanticism, actually, and the whole play often feels like a cry for the urban world to just be kinder and better and easier."
"The audience response is so alive... That’s how engaging the characters are, and how loose and free the cast is in the vibrant staging by Nataki Garrett, who directed the Chicago premiere."
"In Will Power’s play... the weaving of narratives of these two very different men, along with a few other crucial characters in their orbits, brings a stark new reality into focus about who they were. The Dallas Theater Center’s production, directed by Nataki Garrett, presents the thematically layered, thought-provoking plot with style and potency."
"One of the play's strengths is the dialogue, which has a pow-pow-pow of emotional boxing under Nataki Garrett's charged direction."
"And director Nataki Garrett masterfully streamlines the expansive plot — which follows Jefferson, James, and Sally from Monticello to Paris, and back — into robust entertainment."
"Garrett hears the multi-faceted nuance — and the pleasures, plenty of them — in Diamond’s play. Along with her winning cast, she ensures each character is vulnerable and infuriating, intelligent and boneheaded, wickedly amusing and absolutely real. 'Smart People' is as funny as it is observant — and, yes, it smarts."
"Most theater shows aim to conjure a simulacrum of reality onstage. “Pussy Valley,” ...under Nataki Garrett’s bold direction ... wallops you with what feels like the real thing."
"The performance takes place in a gorgeous upstairs room with a high domed ceiling in Oakland’s Grace Temple Church. Grippingly directed by Nataki Garrett."
"Director Nataki Garrett's precisely rendered staging of Eisa Davis' flawed but remarkable play unfolds with a mesmeric leisureliness, taking on the power and potency of myth."
IS GOD IS
by Aleshea Harris
"Under Nataki Garrett’s direction, the whole cast is terrific but 'Is God Is' belongs to its female actors"
by Branden Jacobs Jenkins
by Branden Jacobs Jenkins
"Director Nataki Garrett achieves an impressive unity of tone in a show that veers from pantomime to dance numbers to realism. The cast punches up the stylized elements without ever losing its humanity: Burke’s Zip finds an eerie intimacy with Campbell’s frazzled housewife, while Baadja-Lyne makes sampling her own breast milk or corralling her unruly children all part of a day’s work. "