Reviews

RICHARD II (Producer/Actor)

“What separates this production from others of similar ilk is the knowledge that the younger members of the ensemble, each of them a student of Lipscomb University’s burgeoning theater department, are given the tremendous opportunity of working side-by-side with actors like Denice Hicks, Wesley Paine, Evelyn O’Neal Brush, Beki Baker (who heads the department) and Terry Occhiogrosso, whose experience and collective resume boasts an impressive treasury of stage roles… Baker imbues the Earl of Northumberland with a certain rakish blend of forcefulness and recognition of the reality of her actions.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld (Read review HERE)

“Not that the esteemed main players — a mini-legion of accomplished Nashville thespians — don’t know how to muster bluster. With featured performers such as Beki Baker, Wesley Paine, Terry Occhiogrosso and NSF artistic director Denice Hicks… there’s no lacking the masculine intensity required for a tale about kingly musical chairs in the brutal Middles Ages.” -Martin Brady, Nashville Scene (Read review HERE)

THE CRUCIBLE (Producer/Director)

Beki Baker‘s extraordinary direction, which provides a stunningly fresh perspective of Arthur Miller‘s stage masterpiece – along with remarkable performances from a cast of both professional and student actors – ensures that audiences will long be considering the impact of The Crucible, now onstage at Shamblin Theater through February 28, after the final curtain is rung down on this joint production of Blackbird Theater and Lipscomb University Department of Theatre.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld (Read review HERE)

“Lipscomb Theatre chair Beki Baker demonstrates her considerable talent as a director, bringing Miller’s often daunting script to life with outstanding performances and a natural sense of rhythm.” -Amy Stumpfl, Tennessean (Read Review HERE)

DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Producer/Director)

“Now onstage through this weekend as part of Lipscomb University’s theatre department’s 2014-15 season, the Beki Baker-directed rendition of Friel’s exquisitely written play is brought to life by an impressive cast of eight student actors who are given ample opportunity to show us exactly what they have learned in the classroom.”

“Baker’s direction perfectly matches the tone of Friel’s lovely script and she gives her young charges enough freedom to delineate their characters with aplomb and the unfettered charm of actors still on a journey of self-discovery.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld (Read review HERE)

MAN AND SUPERMAN (Producer/Director)

“Beki Baker’s stalwart direction mobilizes a charming and well-prepped cast, featuring guest Equity actor Samuel Whited, a sturdy mix of better- and lesser-known pro-level locals, plus ancillary players drawn from the Lipscomb University theater program. They make for a dynamic ensemble in telling this quick-witted tale of mores in conflict in 1905 British society.” -Martin Brady, Nashville Scene  (Read review HERE)

“Director Beki Baker finesses the streamlined story (Don Juan’s devilish debate remains happily intact), which centers on the romantic musings and methods of inveterate bachelor Jack Tanner and Ann Whitefield… the entire cast — which includes a number of Lipscomb students — is clearly keyed in to both Shaw’s work and Baker’s keen vision.” -Amy Stumpfl, Tennessean  (Read review HERE)

Read BroadwayWorld Review HERE

THE PAJAMA GAME (Director)

“Lipscomb University’s The Pajama Game—directed by Beki Baker, choreographed by Justin Boccitto and with music direction by Janet Holeman—is a theatrical treat; an exuberant, nostalgic and tuneful take on a classic American musical from the middle of the last century.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld  (Read review HERE)

PRIDE’S CROSSING (Director)

“Baker’s approach to the material is focused and resolute, though never didactic or dry; instead, her direction feels organic and lovingly expressed… Baker shows her deft hand at casting, creating an ensemble of performers that appears seamless and uniformly focused and committed to the task at hand.  The artistic partnership of Allen and Baker represents the very best of Nashville theater.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld  (Read review HERE)

“Director Beki Baker has assembled a talented mix of professionals and students…Baker’s pacing keeps the work moving in an appropriate stream-of-consciousness manner.” -Evans Donnell, ArtNowNashville

JULIUS CAESAR (Director)

NPR Interview: HERE

“With taut, focused direction by Beki Baker… Julius Caesar is presented with an impressive aesthetic, starting with Baker’s complete understanding of the work and its relevance to the 21stcentury, and continuing through the excellent design work and attention to detail that resonates throughout.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld (Read review HERE)

“With sure handed direction and one of the finest ensembles you’re likely to see, this Julius Caesar is simply not to be missed.” -Amy Stumpfl, Tennessean

“Baker’s well-paced production succeeds in putting modern flesh on old theatrical bones primarily through the strength of a good ensemble… Baker’s clear and compelling vision of Julius Caesar is complete.” -Evans Donnell, ArtNowNashville

SHAKESPEARE’S CASE (Director)

“Performed with charm and grace – and not a little bit of tongue-in-cheek humor – the production is directed with confidence by Beki Baker… Baker’s direction is fluid and helps propel the play’s action along at an engrossing pace.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld (Read review HERE)

DOUBT, A PARABLE (Sister James)

“Completing the cast as young and inexperienced Sister James, Beki Baker presents a finely crafted characterization, representing the very differences that form the chasm between Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn.” -Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld  (Read review HERE)

“Also delivering a competent reading is Beki Baker as young Sister James, who comes on pretty naive in the early going, endures Sister Aloysius’ Polonius-like admonitions, gets caught up with confusion in the attack on Father Flynn, and then — perhaps more than anyone here — earns a hard-won reality check.” -Martin Brady, Nashville Scene  (Read review HERE)

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