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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

"Tell adds a never-before-seen level of charm to Yitzhak—a role that calls for Tell to crossdress as a man—which brings the character into direct conflict for the spotlight. At the risk of offending previous Yitzhaks, THIS is what the role is meant to be." 

Portland Mercury- Suzette Smith

 

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

With Hedwig's personality taking up almost the entire stage, there isn't much room left for Yitzhak, Hedwig's manager and helper of sorts. But Ithica Tell does a remarkable job in the role of not only claiming space, but creating a complete and complex character. Her rendition of "The Long Grift" is just one of the show's many chill-inducing moments.

BroadwayWorld- by Krista Garver

 

Jesus Christ Superstar 

The musical’s focus is on Judas Iscariot, the famed disciple who crossed to the other side. Streeter chose wisely to have Ithica Tell, that force of nature, fill the role. Tell is usually given the lead for her elegant, easy, and well- crafted force of delivery. But, as the anti-hero in Jesus Christ Superstar, Judas requires some ambiguity to catch that blindside love for justice that can take people down the wrong path. Tell takes her Judas to a higher level, looking often from the sidelines and making judgments on the cacophony around Jesus. And the role gives her a rare chance to show off her singing voice, with its multi-range complexity, finish, and pop-music edge. Just as with her speaking voice, it catches you in its directness and hits you with emotional surprise. When Tell roars out the name “Jesus” in her solo Heaven on Their Minds, we feel the soul-crunch of Judas caught between a rock and a hard place. 

 Oregon Arts Watch- Christa McIntyre  

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Speaking of the cast and amazing women, let's talk about Ithica Tell, who plays Judas like she was born to it. And wow can she sing! 

Broadway World- Krista Carver

 

Othello 

This Othello is a different beast with  6-foot actress Ithica Tell as the eponymous Moorish general. Tell seizes, sweats and smothers her wife on a splatter-painted stage that's decorated with hazard signs, air intake fans, electrical boxes and naked light bulbs. Within the first five minutes, Tell creates a homoerotic charge by embracing  Desdemona.

…Othello as a woman is the same: a jealous Goliath who smothers her lover. But Tell makes the titular general human by hesitating to murder and sweating with fear. You can't look away from her. 

The Willamette Week- Enid Spitz

 

Gypsy

For the strip-and-tell bit "You Gotta Get A Gimmick," Ithica Tell provides the template for comic timing...

The Oregonian- Lee Williams  

 

Lear 

Ithica Tell drips disdain from her curled upper lip as Goneril; ... Give Tell a blank stage and she'll fill it, without tricks. 

Willamette Week- Enid Spitz

12th Night

Ithica Tell adds much by keeping Maria low-key, and she seems too good for the drunken Toby Belch.

The Oregonian- Holly Johnson

How We Got On 

And as Selector, Tell is called on to be not only DJ and Dad but white high school girl, basketball coach, English teacher, and pizza slinger. She pulls all of them off with remarkable ease.

The Oregonian- Deborah Kennedy

 

How We Got On 

Tell and Sherman are from the Post 5 family and always amazing in whatever they do. Tell has a wonderfully expressive voice and does well in presenting the other characters with simply slight variances in posture and expression, to portray these individuals, a tribute to her talent.

Dennis Sparks 

 

Loves Labours Lost

Ithica Tell, as Boyette, the women's confidante, has the commanding presence of a warrior, the powerful deep voice of James Earl Jones, and the goofy cadences of an African-American Valley Girl, which all adds up to a great character.

BroadwayWorld Reviews- Patrick Brassell 

 

Loves Labours Lost 

...the inimitable Ithica Tell ...as Boyet, the women’s clever changeling handmaiden/manservant, who—typical of Tell—makes the most of a bit role and leaves us wanting more. Tidd and Tell sing duelling musical pitches during innuendo-tinged banter about “hitting it,” leading us to believe that they mean “hitting” both the desired note, and...”it.”

Oregon Arts Watch- A.L Adams