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Best Local Actress Houston 2008 - Mikelle Johnson

She's only just arrived in Houston, but Mikelle Johnson is already making a name for herself. The Yale graduate first starred as a disenfranchised teenager in Big Death, Little Death, Catastrophic Theatre's opening show. Then she moved on to darker subject matter in Stages's Mr. Marmalade, the cautionary tale about raising kids in America. And Johnson was brilliant as the precocious four-year-old Lucy, a child living in a dangerous imaginary world shaped by violent images from television. All elbows and knees, Johnson found the awkward grace of a child without resorting to trite silliness. Her Lucy was very much her own person, and Johnson broke our hearts as the lonely little girl with the dark imagination.

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uncle rob
uncle rob

Gosh Jack, ever spend any time with a teenager? They're all whiny and we all sometimes secretly wish they would die so we could have some peace and quiet...so I'd have to say Mikelle's performance in Big Death/Little Death was spot on.

Add to that her brilliant follow-up in Mr. Marmalade, and one can easily see why the standing O was invented.

Jack Theriot
Jack Theriot

...The only comment I have to make about this is that I've seen much better. Big Death/Little Death was a decent production, her delivery was right on, but the whininess of her character was so distracting that by the time we got to the middle of the play I was hoping for her character's death just so I wouldn't have to listen to her anymore.

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