Reviews

Praise for The Crackwalker, directed by Judith Thompson

Factory Theatre Mainstage

“Yolanda Bonnell’s Theresa was inspired.  Theresa is slow, she lies, and she turns tricks.  Bonnell made her childlike, funny and entirely lovable.”

  • Nicole Fairbairn, thesceneinto.com

 

“Bonnell plays Theresa with a light that assuages the massive amount of sympathy one should feel for Theresa, as I felt that no matter what situation this girl gets herself into, she will always, somehow be okay.”

  • Jeff Kerr, Mooney on Theatre

 

“Yolanda Bonnell gives one of the most memorable performances of Factory's entire season. Her innocence translated by her symbolic and colourful tutu, to her heartbreaking revelations and mature journey throughout the two act play is so full of raw emotion, it's simply heartbreaking. The audience was captured by her portrayal of a mentally challenged woman going through so much grief and despair - while still not a saint herself. This complex role and grey area between right and wrong and good and bad is unlike anything before.”

  • Jason Carlos, Broadwayworld.com

 

“As Theresa, Yolanda Bonnell nails the voice, manner and movements of a young woman who does not have the finesse or confidence of a person who has developed properly to that age. Bonnell is awkward, petulant, flat voiced and totally convincing.”

  • Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

"Yolanda Bonnell did a masterful job of portraying Theresa, a young and innocent woman who is cheerful and positive despite being subject to constant insults about her weight, sexual activity, and learning disability.

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Bonnell and Armstrong deliver outstanding performances that show their characters confronting their innermost demons that complicate and harm their lives."

  • Paul Lewkowicz, The Charming Modernist

Joseph Michael Photography

Feat. Claire Armstrong 

Praise for bug, directed by Cole Alvis

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 28, 37th Rhubarb Festival, Summerworks 2016

”A long while since a work inspired such hope, love and nourishment.”

  • Tara Beagan, Article 11, 2016 SummerWorks Curator

 

“Yolanda is a charismatic performer and a perceptive, poetic writer. There is much scope in bug for both the writer and the performer.”

  • Naomi Campbell, Luminato Festival Director and Artistic development

All photos of bug, taken by Connie Tsang 

37th Rhubarb Festival

Praise for Two Indians, directed by Jessica Carmichael

Summerworks 2016

“The sharp script and naturalistic performances explore well-integrated themes of survivor’s guilt and the politics and practices (both every day and far-reaching) of being Indigenous in Canada.”

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  •  Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine

Darla Contois and Yolanda Bonnell in Two Indians,Summerworks 2016

Praise for HERstory Counts presents: Silenced, directed by Jen Neales

Red Sandcastle Theatre

“Told with frankness and an adorably contagious sense of humour (the juice!), this is the story of a survivor with a strong will and a gentle soul.”

  •  Life with more cowbell

 

“Bonnell moved through her narrative with wit and force, recalling those years. Stark moments came when she physically enacted the abuse: jutting forward after being kicked in the back, crouching down to avoid a beating. It was a fierce dance of recollection, with the audience witnessing how violence was imprinted on her body.”

  •  Melissa Benner, Mouthfullzblog

Yolanda Bonnell and Ellie Posadas in Silenced, HERstory Counts, Red Sandcastle Theatre, 2016

Praise for Cake, directed by Clare Preuss

Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

"In the first few moments of Cake, we see Femi (Yolanda Bonnell) come forward into the light. She has a solemn energy and dark, depressing eyes that stir up my own sadness the second she looks my way.

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Yolanda Bonnell is particularly captivating as “Femi”... There is a “syrupy” quality to both her movement and speech that is simply hypnotizing."

  • ​  Jennifer Enchin, Mooney on Theatre

"...the Ojibwe/South Asian performer Yolanda Bonnell, breathing deeply and audibly, recites the names of First Nations as a sort of incantation and then the play’s action begins with no evident break.

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The actors match the text with heightened, stylized performances: they have identified physicalities, vocal tones and emotional states of being a few steps away from naturalism."

  •   Karen Fricker, The Star

3 1/2 stars

Yolanda Bonnell and Jamie Robinson in Cake, TPM Backspace

Photo by Graham Isador

Praise for White Girls in Moccasins, directed by Clare Preuss
39th Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
"While certainly tackling dark and challenging subjects, White Girls In Moccasins also evokes quirky laughter as well as painful empathy and interrogation of self and culture. Riveting performances and a gripping narrative hold the audience rapt from beginning to end. This play further enriches the cannon of Canadian Indigenous theatre and is a must see for those already engaged with the genre. For newcomers, it is a powerful point of initiation to the frontiers of cross-cultural communication. I wholeheartedly recommend that you create an opportunity to witness and engage with this enthralling production."
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