About That High Lonesome Sound
"Seeing this level of skill always makes me hopeful for the future of theatre in this country. Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh keeps it all moving with fluid scene changes and blocking that shortchanges nobody in the Bingham Theater's in-the-round space."
- Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX.org
"The festival’s annual showcase using acting interns was That High Lonesome Sound, a collection of short dramatic pieces by four writers, inspired by Kentucky’s Bluegrass music. It was one of the best collaborative scripts in years, much more integrated than usual."
- Rick Pender, CityBeat.com
"[That High Lonesome Sound] was directed with elegance by Pirronne Yousefzadeh and featured the talents of the ATL’s Acting Apprentice Company...We see that poignant yearning, resonating with myth and the kind of deep emotion that can only be expressed through the dissonant strains of mountain music. The smart and tender play is what the Humana Festival does so well."
- Pam Harbaugh, BrevardCulture.com
About The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane
"Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh has a real affection for these characters, even misguided Sicelo and ineffective Gregory. Their humanity is never compromised, and neither are Silverman’s laugh lines, which land exactly where they should."
- Wendy Rosenfeld, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pirronne Yousefzadeh’s on-point direction keeps the pace moving while still telling the full story, with help from stellar designs by Carolyn Mraz (set), Maria Shaplin (lighting), Katherine Fritz (costume), and Dan Perelstein (sound). The cast members in the ensemble are so real, raw, and vulnerable"
- Nicholas Ryan, Phindie.com
"Silverman's richly-layered play is no shrill call to action – and that's what makes it so effective. It's a story carefully plotted and strikingly told, and it has the added benefit of InterAct's seamless production under the direction of Pirronne Yousefzadeh."
- Howard Shapiro, Newsworks.org
"Pirronne Yousefzadeh finds the perfect tone and mood in her direction of the InterAct production. Even in the beginning scenes of exposition, Yousefzadeh creates an atmosphere of importance."
"Yousefzadeh keeps the tension rising as “The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane” proceeds. Each scene seems like a more hurtful slap at humanity and people’s ability to accept one another and live among one another."
- Neal Zoren, NealsPaper.com
About In the Blood
"This production of In the Blood, under the direction of Pirronne Yousefzadeh, is intense, genuine and affecting."
- Kelli Curtin, TheatreSensation.com
"Yousefzadeh keeps Theatre Horizon’s “In the Blood” intense and authentic. The director doesn’t waste time on sentiment or banal twaddle. She keeps the tough, essential story of “In the Blood” stage center..."
- Neal Zoren, NealsPaper.com
"Theatre Horizon's bleak yet riveting production features captivating performances, led by Everage and Tony Award-nominee Forrest McClendon, and backed by a strong design team. If art can make squalor vibrant and destitution sublimely beautiful, Horizon has done it, opening up its stage to let the broken overpass of Brian Dudkiewicz's set careen toward the audience and tower over the piles of revenue-generating recyclable cans and plastic sheets that Hester uses to shelter her five children."
"Under Pirronne Yousefzadeh's potent direction, I could barely catch my breath, let alone process thoughts after each matter-of-fact retelling of assault and manipulation. The aim may be to mirror the day-to-day struggle the homeless face - credit the production and cast for magnifying the tragic potential of the script."
- Jim Rutter, The Philadelphia Inquirer
About And If You Lose Your Way, or A Food Odyssey
"Playwright Lauren Feldman and director Pirronne Yousefzadeh spring surprising twists and revelations on The Odyssey with their themes of the family, food, and love. Yosefzadeh brilliantly employs the different facets of theatre, music, cooking, and even games to create a comprehensive and holistic feel to her multimedia piece."
"Here's hoping that this workshop is just beginning of a long journey for New York audiences."
- Aurin Squire, New York Theatre Review
"Writer Lauren Feldman, director Pirronne Yousefzadeh and the ensemble have collaborated in creating this novel piece that is quite exciting, often humorous and at times very moving."
"Homer’s ancient epic narrative poem has been faithfully, lovingly and uniquely realized in this special theatrical event that dramatizes its enduring power in fresh and fulfilling ways."
- Darryl Reilly, TheatreScene.net
"I have to say, I have no idea why this concept hasn't overtaken Broadway."
- Beverlix Jean-Baptiste, Broadwayworld.com
About We Are Proud To Present...
"InterAct's production, beautifully staged by Pirronne Yousefzadeh and well-acted across the board, makes a good argument for the piece."
- David Fox, Philadelphia City Paper
"The cast, under director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, is exceptional..."
- Howard Shapiro, Newsworks
"InterAct's production, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, is a huge accomplishment."
- David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer
About Big Love
"...Nothing short of astonishing; a gorgeous production with the highest integrity and beauty and depth."
- Anne Bogart, SITI Company Artistic Director
"[Yousefzadeh] took Chuck Mee’s multi-layered, multi-dimensioned script and brought it to life with the passion and energy that it required. A promising commencement into the world of professional theatre."
- Louisa Levy, The Columbia Spectator
About God of Carnage
"Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh times the rapid exchanges with the smoothness of a string quartet. The actors are at the top of their game."
- Mike Dunham, Anchorage Daily News
"Pirronne Yousefzadeh has staged an impressive production to begin Perseverance Theatre’s third season in Anchorage."
"Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, this play is among the better offerings brought to Anchorage by the Perseverance Theatre. It should not be missed."
- Robert Pond, FHidehout.org
About Grace, or the Art of Climbing
"It is a beautifully staged, moving play..."
"Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh deserves credit...It would have been so easy to let the actors sleep-walk between the climbing scenes...but instead she focuses on the poignancy of the script and lets the climbing scenes supplement."
"Ensemble cast members Dan Hodge, Kevin Meehan, Bi Jean Ngo, and Mary Tuomanen are all positively charming as the 'kids' in a rock climbing club, and charming as the adult characters they also portray."
- Jillian Ashley Blair-Ivey, Phillyist
"The ensemble is strong, with nimble performances by Bi Jean Ngo, Bob Weick, Armando Batista, Kevin Meehan, Mary Tuomanen, and Dan Hodge. But Joffred anchors - or rather, belays - the piece with a vulnerability that is reflected in her saucer eyes and slouched shoulders."
- Wendy Rosenfield, The Philadelphia Inquirer
About Tigers Be Still
"Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh has done an admirable job with crafting the overall direction."
- Aurin Squire, New York Theatre Review
About Helping People
"Diana Stahl is a beautifully gifted writer, and the direction by Pirronne Yousefzadeh illuminates her work with simplicity and ease."
- Julia Hochner, New York Theatre Review
About Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating)
"The show is economically and energetically directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. Her cast--led by an actor named Jack Perry, interestingly enough--is uniformly good. They infuse the...dialogue with freshness and wry humor, and bring beautiful, tight harmonies to Julia Meinwald's catchy soft-rock score with a hint of jazz."
- Dan Bacalzo, Andy Buck, and Andy Propst, Theatre Mania
"The piece has been competently mounted...Charles Baskerville, Melissa Joyner, Jake Loewenthal, and Josh Sauerman play his friends and various other characters capably. Pirronne Yousefzadeh's staging makes imaginative use of set designer Matt Brogan's handful of pieces to suggest various locales."
- Ron Cohen, Backstage
About Psalms of a Questionable Nature
"Pirronne Yousefzadeh directs this two-hander in a difficult space, using the stairs cleverly to move the action and the relationship."
"Both Joffred and Rowland turn in performances that never slacken, making these extreme characters surprisingly convincing."
- Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer