HALF MOON BAY

by Dan Moyer

directed by Jess Chayes

for Lesser America and the Cherry Lane Theatre

It’s difficult, though, to imagine better enactors than the two currently negotiating a precarious bond in this modest premiere.—Time Out NY

Ms. McQuail, a spiky and vivacious actress, lends her husky voice to some sterling comic delivery.—The New York Times

 [Keilly McQuail and Gabriel King] peel away the complex layers of their rich characters with care and bravery. —Theater Reviews Limited

More perfect casting could not be found…the chemistry these actors have is so natural... they bring every moment to life and never let the play fall. --New York Theater Review

[Half Moon Bay] is helped in no small way by the wonderfully rich performances by Mr. King and Ms. McQuail…never for a moment do you doubt the honesty of their portrayals. —Talkin’ Broadway

Keilly McQuail as Annie delivers a rich and empathetic performance.  Ms. McQuail’s luminous stage presence makes her fascinating to watch at all times. –TheatreScene.net

HER REQUIEM

By Greg Pierce

Directed by Kate Whoriskey

For Lincoln Center Theatre/ LCT3

Special note to Joyce Van Patten and Keilly McQuail in the supporting roles of Gram and Mirtis Paima...McQuail is spot-on as Caitlin's Goth admirer.--Deidre Donovan, CurtainUp

 Keilly McQuail is excellent as the paradoxically genial leader of the group. Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

The first-rate cast also includes the eminent Joyce Van Patten as Caitlin’s grandmother and Robbie Collier Sublett as her music tutor...Keilly McQuail infuses even more life into this unsettled household as the leader of a group of Goths…who have taken up residence in the barn to await the birth of Caitlin’s morbid masterpiece. Marilyn Stasio, Variety

 Keilly McQuail gives a nuanced performance as the Goth in charge of the never-seen kids sleeping in the barnTulis McCall, The Front Row Center

[Allison] becomes incensed when a gaggle of gothic groupies, led by Mirtis Paima (the hilarious Keilly McQuail, sporting a vocal fry and bowed head), begin to occupy the family barn at the invitation of her husband. Zachary Stewart, TheatreMania.com

 

Bad Jews

By Josh Harmon

Directed by Oliver Butler

For The Long Wharf Theatre

*CT Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play

“Director Oliver Butler has guided his quartet of actors to pitch-perfect characterizations, but special mention must be made of McQuail.”
-The CT Post

“In the hands of the amazing Keilly McQuail, it turns out to be the performance of the season. I can’t imagine I’ll have the pleasure of witnessing a better actor this year inhabiting a role quite like McQuail does…she is thoroughly mesmerizing.”
-The CT Post Chronicle

“While the four-person ensemble performs seamlessly, McQuail’s Daphna is magnetic…”
-New Haven Register

“McQuail is both fierce and funny as the formidable Daphna.”
-The Hartford Courant

“Actress Keilly McQuail, a fierce lead, embodies Daphna from the moment she opens her mouth. Impossibly insistent and unyielding, she is a fighter.”
-Talkin’ Broadway

“The verbal pyrotechnics are the play’s strong points, and no one has a better time with them than McQuail, whose take on [Daphna] is priceless.”
-Artes Magazine

Stictly Dishonorable

By Preston Sturges

Directed by Laura Braza

For the Attic Theatre Company

*Top 10 Best Live Performances of the Year  –Gay City News

“Ms. McQuail is a spunky Isabelle. ‘I think you’re a very bad man,’ she purrs on first meeting him. Bad has rarely sounded so good.”
-The New York Times

“McQuail is a genuine find…McQuail brought out the best in everyone around her…and looked great in her flapper outfit while doing it.”
-The Huffington Post

“McQuail…is nothing short of inspired as Isabelle. Adorably original in every conceivable way.”
-Gay City News

‘Keilly McQuail is an absolute find…her mastery of comic timing is riveting…Her skills could keep McQuail working for decades.”
-The Villager

“Keilly McQuail is immensely charming as the gutsy but naive Isabelle…”
-Theatre is Easy