reviews

THE STORYTELLING ABILITY OF A BOY:

Shepard gives a performance expertly attuned to Caitlin’s internal struggle as she tries to get past her past and nurture this new talent she has discovered, to fill the clean slate and get it right this time.” (Boston Globe)

ONE SLIGHT HITCH:

“Lewis Black is a two-time Grammy Award-winning comic who’s done six Comedy Central specials. Leading man Mark Linn-Baker is perhaps most famous for his roles as Peter O’Toole’s sidekick in the film “My Favorite Year,” in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” and Peter Bogdanovitch’s “Noises Off.” His wife in the play, Broadway veteran Lizbeth Mackay, who turns from comedy to tenderness on a dime, is director Joe Grifasi’s longtime pal going back to high school. Holding her own and shining brightly is the Lower Cape’s own Dakota Shepard as their on-stage daughter who’s ex returns to crash her wedding.” (Provincetown Banner)

RUBBERNECK:

“Meanwhile, Paul dallies with a prostitute who’s a regular professional woman who happens to moonlight on the side.  Dakota Shepard makes a strong impression in this small role.” (thefilmyap.com)

COME ON DOWN:

“This story finds a winning rhythm that sails because of clever writing and a lead (Dakota Shepard) that’s endlessly endearing.”  (filmschoolrejects.com)

THE 39 STEPS:

“Playing all of these women is Dakota Shepard, who, though never slipping from the comic pastiche the play requires of all its characters, consistently charms in a very real way. In fact, Shepard never overplays her role. No easy feat with a script full of so many temptations to chew scenery.” (Provincetown Banner)

“As the only female in the cast, Dakota Shepard plays the three romantic interests in Hannay’s escapade beautifully. She’s sultry and comical as secret agent Annabella Schmidt and sweet and shy as Scottish farmer’s wife Margaret McTyte, donning wildly different accents in each role. But she really shines as Pamela Edwards, an uptight single British woman who blossoms as she is unwillingly pulled into the adventure.” (Cape Cod Times)

33 VARIATIONS:

Shepard is equal to the task of sparring with Paula Plum. Clara is the only ambivalent character in the play, torn between trying to be her own person (even though her mother sees her constant career changes as failure) and wanting to be there for the woman who refuses to admit needing any assistance. The struggle plays out on Shepard‘s face and in her body language.” (Broadway World)

“Brandt’s daughter, Clara, a young woman whose ever-widening life journey challenges of her mother’s tight focus on her field, is given great humanity by Dakota Shepard who grounds the play whenever she is on stage.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer)

“…Dakota Shepard adds a welcome whiff of goofiness as the daughter Brandt finds as ordinary as Diabelli’s ditty.” (Boston Phoenix)

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE:

Dakota Shepard finds great comedy and endearment in Anna’s bleak existence.” (Metro)

Dakota Shepard is so sweet and wacky you wish she had more to do with the story. Her absurd ideas come out sounding eminently reasonable until you weigh what she’s said.” (Boston Arts Review)

“Victor Shopov layers his character with so many emotional colors that you can see them flashing by as he melts down, right to the rage and terror at Will’s core. Dakota Shepard, as shy co-worker Anna, is just as complex.”  (Edge Boston)

FESTEN:

Everyone in the cast of 14 are exquisite in their roles. Festen is truly not to be missed. On press night, the audience was on its feet before the lights were fully restored for curtain call, and the applause didn’t cease for another 30 seconds after the cast left for their encore bow.  I believe that everyone in the theater left feeling physically altered by what we had just experienced in the playing space at the Gamm Theatre. If you only see one play this decade, this is it.” (WPRO)

THE EUROPEANS:

“The rest of the cast is agile enough, especially Nate Gundy and Dakota Shepard’s giggly Hapsburgs…Barker’s figures are shameless self-performers—they call for rigor and self-satisfied panache on stage, turning from farce to ferocity on a dime.” (The Arts Fuse)

HARD LOVE:

“Both Dakota Shepard and Mark Cohen are actors of considerable range and nuance and director Bensussen has elicited far more from this reading than I have often seen in finished productions.” (Arts Fuse)

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD:

Shepard’s performance as the defiant Liz Morden is especially noteworthy.” (Barnstable Patriot)

DOUBT:

Dakota Shepard sweetly, and sympathetically, shines as the young, idealistic nun.” (Cape Cod Times)

HABEAS CORPUS:

Dakota Shepard’s deadpan expressions make her character, the sexually repressed spinster Connie, one of the funniest in the play.” (Cape Cod Times)