Lady Macbeth in Macbeth
"Charlene V. Smith’s rendering of Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking speech is an acting tour-de-force. ... Her Lady Macbeth is a first-rate interpretation of a notoriously difficult role."
-- Sophie Howes, DC Metro Theater Arts
Sarah Bow and Elinor Glyn in Clara Bow: Becoming 'It'
"Clara Bow: Becoming 'It' was notable for the caliber of the acting. Smith's portrayal of two eccentric and wholly singular characters is noteworthy."
-- Jenny Minich, Broadway World
Regan in King Lear
"What makes this King Lear so majestic an evening are finely calibrated, galvanizing performances ... Charlene V. Smith’s Regan is made of steel with a ‘don’t fuck with me’ bearing."
-- David Siegel, DC Metro Theater Arts
"As Regan, Charlene V. Smith has a magnetic presence and an innate ferocity."
-- Sophia Howes, DC Metro Theater Arts
"Charlene V. Smith likewise builds a compelling rapport as her Regan talks familiarly with her father. Smith, artistic director of the feminist-leaning classics troupe Brave Spirits Theatre, is refreshingly less of a villain than an actual daughter..."
-- Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post
Little Stone in Eurydice
"Perhaps the most original of Sarah Ruhl’s characters are The Stones. ... Manente, Chavis, and Smith make each stone unique with phenomenal, physical portrayals."
-- Stephanie House, MD Theatre Guide
Evadne in The Maid's Tragedy
"Smith’s brash but vulnerable Evadne is compelling, particularly in scenes that show her squaring off against men."
-- Celia Wren, The Washington Post
"Evadne is played with authority by Charlene V. Smith. Her soul, as we first see her, is far from “as white as Heaven.” At first we see Smith as a cold, calculating presence. But after her forced marriage to Amintor she repents “her secret sin,” vowing to restore her family’s honor as she reveals her victimhood at the hands of the King to her husband and others."
-- David Siegel, DCMTA: 4.5 Stars
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
"Smith is a moody Juliet, given to fits of impatience and pique over the slightest annoyances, struggling with this whole growing up crap. ... The subsequent scene [after Tybalt's death] between Juliet and Nurse is riveting as the women try to come to terms with the stunning turn of events ..."
-- Eric Minton, Shakespeareances.com
What, Lamb! What, Ladybird!
"Smith, a formidable Shakespearean actress in her own right, seamlessly juggles multiple personas as she swings, with abundant wit and charm, from Elizabethan thespian to contemporary pedagogue and dreamer and back again."
-- Tzvi Kahn, MD Theatre Guide: 5 stars
Jessie in A Thing for Redheads
"With a touch of Miley Cyrus and a dash of Britney Spears, Charlene V. Smith as pop star Jessie Morgan is poppin’ and lockin’ it ... Smith adds a terrifyingly realistic embodiment of the vapid stars that currently grace the covers of entertainment rags."
--Caitlin DeMerlis, DC Theatre Scene: 4 stars
"Charlene V. Smith plays a delightful 'air head' Jessie Morgan"
--Bob Anthony, Allartsreview4u.com.
Millie in Picnic
"director Sherrionne Brown evokes top-flight performances from everyone in the cast"
-- Dan Collins, The Examiner
"the principal actors all have fine moments and ultimately give winning performances ... Charlene V. Smith gives a sense of Millie's awkward entry into the adult world"
--Mike Giuliano, Towson Times
Julie in Jack the Ticket Ripper
"Smith and Gagne make a side-splitting team ... Smith portrays a convincing innocence in Julie, which is foiled by her later-revealed bizarre sexual fetishes (she gets hot for Jack after he kills a couple more people). Julie also shares her heart with the audience members, who are left catching their breath from laughter as she sings a song about Jack (”He Slays Me”) complete with feather boa and over-exaggerated Broadway vibrato. ... Smith and Gagne flawlessly propel the play with seamless momentum."
-- Caitlin DeMerlis, DC Theatre Scene: 5 stars, Pick of the Fringe
"Jack the Ticket-Ripper is filled with hilarious theater stereotypes, physical comedy, and brilliant one liners. ... Julie’s (Charlene Smith) very clever rendition of “He Slays Me” is a particular highlight. ... Jack should be on everyone’s Must See list."
-- Joan Wendland, Washington City Paper