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"Libby Skala's FELICITAS is an epic that's charming or a charmer that is epic-ish. It's one hour of entrancing story-telling. It occurs to me that many of the great tales are about how war scatters families and what becomes of them after the battles are over -- WAR AND PEACE, GONE WITH THE WIND, the Herman Wouk WAR books, etc. On a more intimate level, FELICITAS engages the same theme but in an unanticipated way. There's Vienna and Nazis and a narrow escape that would make Pauline gasp. That this is a true story makes it all the more startling. I so recommend this." 
         - Jeffrey Sweet, Author of The O'Neill: The Transformation of Modern American Theater ​
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"The plot of FELICITAS could probably be given an elaborate, widescreen Hollywood treatment. Set mostly in Austria in the 1930s, the story has a grand, epic sweep. The gifted, highly demonstrative Skala makes FELICITAS a lively, fascinating and touching creation. Her writing is strong and heartfelt. And she gives a vocally varied, physically animated performance. I highly recommend FELICITAS. How powerful it would be if she could perform all three plays in repertory."
         - SIMPLY SHOWBIZ
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"EDITOR'S PICK: Accompanied by Steve May's beautifully played mandolin score, Skala crafts a tale that’s inspirational without syrup. Aided by projections, touching and sometimes funny, of drawings, old family photos, and historical images...Skala has created a remarkable living biography. It’s a performance that engages our emotions while respecting our intelligence and leaves us feeling uplifted. Try not to miss it!" 
         - BLOGCRITICS
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"Skala mines her rich family history for some incredible stories. With shining eyes and deep conviction, [she] reveals to the audience the secrets for a happy baby. Her writing is lovely and life affirming; she tells her great aunt’s story with warmth, sincerity and a poignant truthfulness. Ms. Skala's performance is filled with nuance and humor. She creates memorable characters. Beautifully underscored by Steve May's mandolin playing." 
         - STAGE BUDDY
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"Skala delivers this charming monologue alongside her husband, Steven May, who performs lilting original mandolin compositions as she re-enacts Lizi’s story. Skala has created a beautiful tribute to her family. FELICITAS is apparently the third solo play rounding out a trilogy of well-received works Skala has created about her grandmother and her two great-aunts, all of whom fled Austria during World War II. I would be delighted to see these three works somehow brought together, either in repertory performance or a bound edition of plays. That said, FELICITAS works as a stand-alone piece, and is worth seeing."
         - NEW YORK THEATER NOW
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"Skala once again has brought to life a fascinating character, the more fascinating because she was a woman who went up against the resistance of family, of society, and ultimately of a powerful enemy force, yet one who was able to make a difference in the lives of many. It also happens to be one hell of a showcase for a performer; that Skala also wrote the piece only emphasizes how much self-determination she has drawn from these fabulous ancestors."
         - WORDS AND MUSIC
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"I felt like I was sitting at the family's dinner table with a warm cup of coffee and a delicious Viennese dessert listening to this most precious story."
         - HI! DRAMA
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"If you haven't yet bought your tickets to see the divine Libby Skala accompanied by the talented Steven May, get cracking. Today's opening performance was all but sold out and the remaining five shows will be in equally high demand. FELICITAS is an endearing portrait of a remarkable woman -- not to be missed!" 
         - Michael T. Rose, Editor TUAW, on facebook
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"Thanks for the superb performance. You expertly communicated all of Felicitas' funny bittersweet struggles as a young woman growing up in the Nazi era and then as a new immigrant to the US with her child. My seniors and I were mesmerized by her story and your outstanding portrayal of her. The comments were: 'I have never seen such a terrific one woman show,' by Sarah, one of our survivor members. Hedy, second generation Shoah survivor, observed that 'everyone was holding their breath so that you could hear a pin drop.' I also appreciated the delicate mandolin musical accompaniment by Steven May. I highly recommend FELICITAS!"
         - Sharon Wolfe, Director, JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center
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"Thank you for your beautiful, moving performance. I forgot that I am an acting teacher, I was so swept away. A few years ago, I saw your Lilia!, another memorable evening. What a magnificent storyteller you are! I was in tears at the end. Brava! Brava!"
         - Lorraine Serabian, Faculty H.B. Studio
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"I was lucky enough to see this jewel of a performance at the Freight last night, & actually woke up this morning still thinking about the character that Ms Skala breathed to life on the stage. This play is small as a physical production, but radiantly genuine, rich & communicative in its content. Anyone who has the chance to see it, ought to, IMHO -- it's a treasure.... In showing us [her] interpretation of [her] great-aunt, [she] appealed to the best elements of [her] audience, & I feel sure that everyone there could feel it, just as I did."
        Richard Mynick, Berkeley, CA
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"I am delighted by this latest installment of Viennese-America. I can not thank you enough for your historical work. I must thank your great-grandparents for having the know-how and the courage to be able to leave their home and to get your grandmother out of Europe. This was a courage not everyone has. Unfortunately, the only way to acquire courage is to face fear. If you understand my perspective - the farmers of America in the 1930s were all going bankrupt and lost their farmland. Some were able to move to the city and learn a new trade. Many decided to commit suicide rather than face a new life, which they didn't think they could do. Your great grandfather wanted to survive and wanted his children to survive and was able to devise a plan whereby he and his wife and children could survive. Not every family facing poverty or hardship can devise and execute a plan for survival. I am proud of your heritage of people who did the right thing. It is this desire to live...the belief that life is worth living... even in hardship. This is what made your grandmother and your great aunts the HEALERS that they were (are). Well done... well done!
         - Anne Mitcheltree, Dance Therapist
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"What a festival you and Steve gave us 100 audience members. You do always amaze and now we have two to watch and enjoy and be enthralled with. How your Grandma and great aunts would love what you are doing. You two stand tall in my book as Monuments to the Arts and Monuments of Morality. We do feel better, more pure, more close to Life itself after one of your performances.​ - D. SEYMOUR, NYC
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"You two achieved a delightful blend of humor, tenderness, sweetness, and suspense which kept the audience eager to learn 'what will happen next' throughout the whole journey. I could easily sense the audience was really 'in tune' with your unfolding of the story. The accompanying music served to support the different moods, to complement your character. Nicely done, Steve. What was quite evident was your great love of performing...or perhaps it was your love of the family member you portrayed and the story you thoughtfully crafted. Above all, the spiritual qualities were shared for all of us to enjoy. You made it appear so natural, so inspired. Thanks for letting your light shine with love and beauty." - R. STORM, NYC
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"FANTASTIC!!! Thank you for sharing the story of your family with us... further helping us to understand how cultures around the world are truly connected by the thread of love, a need to survive, a natural instinct to nurture and the yearning for adventure. Great job!" - A. NASH, NYC
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​"We had a wonderful time at your show last night. It turns out to be moving and very funny all at the same time. What a dedicated following you have. I was so sorry that we hadn't seen the shows about the other sisters." - J. MAYER, NYC
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"I saw your show tonight and it was another triumph. So wonderful. I loved it. I loved Steve’s music. And you are such a beautiful actor." - P. HOLMES, NYC
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What a joy it was to see you perform .. YOU are an amazing actress.. and writer. Steve and your performance was so beautifully coordinated..love was in the air. It was a memorable special occasion.. You have accomplished the family narrative of your grandmother's generation- the three sisters, Bravo- They were Amazing!" - L. JANJIGIAN, NYC​ 
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"I was very impressed, not only with the content of the play, but with your artistry, and I would like others to know of it." - B. PERSKY, CT
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