"...and Deanna Reed-Foster, who all but steals the show in a five minute monologue as a galvanized corpse, make the production extremely moving. As a corpse, Deanna Reed-Foster delivered a monologue that couldn’t have been much longer than five minutes, but she did so with incredible power while never slipping into an overstated performance. She managed to convey the earthiness, wisdom, sensuality, imagination, and courage with which she faced the increasing level of violence in her neighborhood in which she became trapped as the years went on, even if those coping strategies ultimately contributed to her death."
"And Deanna Reed-Foster stands out in every role she undertakes, but particularly as Pauline, an elderly black woman whose sadly truthful monologue brought the audience to tears."
"One of the real reasons to see this work would be Reed’s performance. Her Mother is a fierce force of nature—a woman still mourning and cloaked in an Old Testament-style righteousness. Solid and vulnerable at once, when she’s on stage, it’s positively riveting. "
“I saw Reed in last season’s production of “Under America,” where she plays a tired, cynical, matronly mother. Her shiny-faced portrayal of Alma makes me think she had *work* done... major work. Reed illuminates a young girl. She is a hopeful romantic. Reed’s description of heels clicking on NYC streets and walking into her own skin is inspirationally poetic.” - Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
“She soon befriends Dorothy (Deanna K. Reed, giving a standout performance), a widowed grandmother who’s taking care of her grandchildren at Cabrini.” - Chitheatreaddict.com
“The gifted Reed, whose knack for melting into ages, genders and accents recalls Anna Deavere Smith, animates her characters with zest and a committed physicality. She convinces equally as a child, a young woman striding through New York City and a prodigal father who has a slight lurch that manages to be even more frightening than his cruel put-downs.” - Emily Gordon, Time Out Chicago
“OK. I really liked Deanna K. Reed as the oldest Giraffe. She was very loving and could be tough when she needed to be. She was just great! You know, they say in Chicago, it's hard to find good Giraffes that are non-equity, but that didn't seem to be the case." - Eric & Andy Reviews You Can Iews
“Outstanding among them was Deanna K. Reed ( no relation ) , who managed to jump in and out of characters as different as an elderly storm survivor and Bush himself with sensitivity and credibility.” -Rick Reed, Windy City Media Group
“For me, the best performance comes from Deanna K. Reed……She nails the uncomplaining, protective sibling who’s had no life of her own but is content with her lot, and she has an arresting voice, whether she’s speaking or singing a solo which is the most moving of the evening” - Anne Spiselman, Hyde Park Herald
“From the moment Deanna K. Reed comes on as wise Mama Shaw, a proud older woman, it's evident she possesses a commanding voice and perfect timing. She often brings down the house. Yet there are quiet, moving moments, too, like when Reed describes the experience of buying her first hat in a previously segregated department store in the '60s." - Dough Duechler, Wednesday Journal