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As Narrator in Every Brilliant Thing (2023)

Eileen Earnest, in this humble writer’s opinion, should be on Broadway!  Earnest is the single actor in Every Brilliant Thing which is playing at the incredible Falcon Theatre in Newport.  But is she the only actor? Many in the audience become actors themselves.  Ah, Earnest made it all happen so seamlessly.-LCT Reviewer Sherri Ogden Wellington

Enter actress Eileen Earnest to the rescue. I love her name, as it’s perhaps the aptest (and real) surname of a performer on stages locally. She is infinitely earnest; the warmth she exudes is palpable. She’s kind, genuine, and makes you feel safe. The audience I saw the show with seemed quite comfortable with her, and almost all of us were in on the act somehow. Willingly, even! There’s no doubt in my mind that the best choice out of all of the folks who showed up was and is Eileen Earnest.-Kirk Shepard, The Sappy Critic

Earnest Shines in “Every Brilliant Thing". Earnest’s talented commitment and connection to her role draws us all in as she takes us through every high and low. The energy in this show is outstanding, and Earnest deserves great praise for commanding the room for nearly two hours. You can hear how engaged the audience is not only with laughter, but gasps and remarks, which Earnest encourages and responds to in this interactive experience. While it may be cliché to say “you’ll laugh, you’ll cry,” Every Brilliant Thing guides you from laughter to tears as Earnest wins your heart. Everything comes together really beautifully, and we feel it collectively.-Christy Carson, LCT Reviewer


As Clown 2 in 39 Steps (2019)

 "In a particularly brilliant cast, Earnest quite possibly steals the show. Every second she’s on stage, every word she says, every movement she makes is an opportunity for comedy. Her strange voice inflection as she plays the computer-brained Mr Memory, her physicality as one of the thugs chasing Hannay, her deliberate patience as a slow-moving old person who’s hard of hearing with a touch of narcolepsy: every random character she plays is quirky and distinct."-Jack Crumley-LCT


As Olive in Mercury

" Eileen Earnest has a sweetness dripping with disdain that rivals Dolores Umbridge from “Harry Potter.” -Zach Moning, Artswave

"Earnest has become one of the area’s strongest physical comics who really knows how long to stretch her silence, when to let her limbs run amok, and when to show she is in control."-Liz Eichler, LCT

"The standout to me was Eileen Earnest. Funny, funny lady. Great timing, physicality, and stage presence. Absolutely fantastic."- Greg Schaper

Eileen Earnest, perhaps the funniest lady in Cincy theatre!" -Joe Mock


As Gwendolyn in Champagne Gods

"The evening is worth it to see Eileen Earnest, and be thoroughly transfixed by her comedic skills."-Liz Eichler, LCT

As Squid in The Fisherman's Wife

"Yockey gives the deep sea predators the nutsiest material, and Earnest and Adams gleefully throw themselves into it. They’re a solid team, but there’s no arguing that Earnest, the best comic actress in town, plays it to the hilt with crazy long false eyelashes and the air of a dominatrix.

She rules not just the other characters but the audience.

Earnest is a whiz at improv and she showed everyone a good time."-Jackie Demaline, River City News

"For every actor, there is a perfect part, and Eileen Earnest shines as Squid. Her makeup, hair, and costume all earn her a star on the sea predator hall of fame. She and Andrew Ian Adams (Octopus) are the highlights of the show."-Liz Eichler, LCT

As Alice in The Drowning Girls

"...Eileen Earnest...powerful local performer, femme fatale even, but here, they are the victims speaking volumes in death. They bravely perform sans makeup, dripping wet, fluidly moving in and around the tubs the whole evening. They are strong, beautiful, and talented. Earnest’s detective ... highlight her comedic skills."-Sheldon Polonsky, LCT

As Marjorie in Extremities:


"Eileen Earnest's searing performance as Marjorie...makes for good theater" -Rick Pender, CityBeat


"Eileen Earnest is astounding as Marjorie. There is no artifice to this absolutely believable performance. We watch desperate fear during the attack turn to cold anger and morph into nearly psychotic behavior. There is truth in every emotion."-Laurel Humes, League of Cincinnati Theatres


"Eileen Earnest plays Marjorie with a stony, strong willed determination. She carries tension and trauma for the entire performance. Both leads are up for their wrenching, energetic, and emotional performances. This is their play, and both do well."- Kenneth Stern, League of Cincinnati Theatres


"Eileen Earnest  is a powerhouse of emotions; her fierce and frantic determination for revenge is the driving force of the play." -Lissa Gapultos, League of Cincinnati Theatres

As Squeaky Fromme in Assassins:

"...particularly astounding was Eileen Earnest, as Squeaky Fromme-this is the role she was born to play." LCT


As Billie Dwyer in Unnecessary Farce:

"A true scene-stealer, Eileen Earnest as the donut loving cop reduces the house to fits..." CityBeat


As Calliope in Xanadu:


"Earnest is a wonderful physical comedian with a great voice. The rendition of "Evil Woman" was a highlight.." CityBeat


As Brooke in Noises Off:


" Noises Off's humor quotient is sustained with a daffy performance by Eileen Earnest as a dimwitted but beautiful actress." CityBeat


As Gwendolyn Crosley in Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Victorian Christmas at the Crosley:


"A vivacious performance full of merriment and laughter. Earnest is a wonderful comedienne, likening to the skills of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett." HeraldTribune




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