"Get to Know the Corset Queen of Indie Theatre"
by Antonio Miniño, The Happiest Medium

"Having performed five seasons with Jon Cocteau Repertory and numerous productions with Metropolitan Playhouse, actress Amanda Jones . . . is no stranger to wit, lace and cunning plots on stage. She seems to entrance audiences and critics alike; her past performances have been delectably described as “nuanced”, “confident” and “delicate” by such as the New York Times."

http://thehappiestmedium.com/2012/07/get-to-know-the-corset-queen-of-indie-theatre-amanda-jones/

 

Amanda Jones and Kate Holland in  The Maids.

Amanda Jones and Kate Holland in The Maids.

The Maids - Jean Cocteau Repertory

"It is no small feat to find the chill in Genet's 1947 play, which could more easily be played for camp or parody today, but the Cocteau production, directed by Ernest Johns, manages it. Credit an eye-opening turn by Ms. Jones as Solange, the dominant of the two maid sisters who fantasize about killing their boss and engage in bizarre role-playing and identity-swapping.

She is beautiful and scary, rational and deranged, somehow all at the same time. If your nanny-cam caught her, you would certainly have her fired or arrested or committed, but you'd also keep the tape, just to study Ms. Jones's performance."

- Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

"We meet Solange first. She enters the ultra-glamorous bedroom of her employer, a movie starlet whom she calls—sometimes deferentially, sometimes ironically—only "Madame." She pauses to admire herself in Madame's vanity makeup mirror, pursing brick-red beestung lips, soaking in the decadent grandeur of the place. We feel how far out of reach is this display of conspicuous consumption to this humble young woman; we feel her desperate envy for it; and we feel her disgust at herself for feeling envious.

Such is the power of Amanda Jones's career-transforming performance in Jean Cocteau Rep's new production of The Maids . . . Solange, inhabited with a gutsy take-no-prisoners savage intensity by Jones, is one of the maids."

- Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

"Amanda Jones is radiant as Laura Courtland, an angelic society girl . . ."

- Anita Gates, The New York Times

"Jones' steadfast rendering of Laura supplies the sincerity: She takes a couple of the play's purple passages and makes them sound totally convincing. Indeed, Jones is a handsome actor who has a quality uncommon among younger American performers: an innate sense of the period she is playing in."

- Karl Levett, Backstage

"Amanda Jones nicely conveys the combination of worldliness, forced optimism, and pockets of surprising naivete [in Lily's character]."  - Loren Noveck, nytheatre.com

"Amanda Jones nicely conveys the combination of worldliness, forced optimism, and pockets of surprising naivete [in Lily's character]."

- Loren Noveck, nytheatre.com

Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh - Earl Productions

"Jones plays Marie with a wonderful and frightening woman-child innocence; it’s a difficult role to make both probable and sympathetic — the character was basically a spoiled rich kid, after all — but Jones pulls it off, cooing her lines and occasionally trying for a grandeur that Marie can’t quite manage. She’s an adorable failure in Jones’ hands, and it makes large sections of the play worth the running time."

- Sam Thielman, Variety

Nowadays - Metropolitan Playhouse

"Amanda Jones is a charmingly animated Diana . . ."

- Ron Cohen, Backstage

An Ideal Husband - Sink or Swim Rep

"Leading the cast is the captivating Amanda Jones as Mrs. Chevely who is deliciously evil in her attempts to charm and thwart the other characters onstage. "

- Heather Lee Rodgers, nytheatre.com