reviews 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

-2017 Book-It Repertory Theatre

Keita and Tellu shine—their embodiments of the writer are distinct yet relate to each other, often sharing a smile, a line, or even a look. Their interactions come from the same root, even if they are from different eras.

~ Becs Richard

Seattle Weekly

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

-2017 Book-It Repertory Theatre

Keita and Tellu shine—their embodiments of the writer are distinct yet relate to each other, often sharing a smile, a line, or even a look. Their interactions come from the same root, even if they are from different eras.

~ Becs Richard

Seattle Weekly

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

-2017 Book-It Repertory Theatre

The play, adapted by locals Myra Platt and Malika Oyetimein, begins with grown-up Angelou (Brennie Tellu, who plays the character as both intimidatingly majestic and quick to crack a smile)...By the end of the first act, you know what someone in white gloves means: alien, cold, not bringing any good news. But the frigidity of the white gloves melts in the face of the warm triumvirate of grown-up Angelou (Tellu, who acts as our narrator and guide)

~ Brendan Kiley

Seattle Times

ASYLUM 

- 2012 HERE Arts Center; NYC

**Winner of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival Audience Award & 1st Runner Up for Best Play**

 

Asylum, a new play by playwright Cheril N. Clarke, premiered on March 17 as part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at the HERE Performing Arts Center. The story is based on the devastating true-life events of Prossy Kakooza (Tiffany Barrett), a Ugandan lesbian who fled her homeland in fear of her own father who wanted to “finish out his daughter’s punishment” and clear his family name of shame with an honor killing. Prossy managed to escape to the UK where she appealed for political asylum...Without Ms. Tellu’s mirthful delivery of Leah, and Mr. Crum’s performance of Balondemu’s hideous emotional conviction, this story would have lost the layered complexity of Ms. Kakooza’s story. It is a piercing story, revealing real-life consequences and survival.

 

~ Jayme del Rosario

GO Magazine

ASYLUM 

- 2015 Stagecrafters; Philadelphia

Tellu’s performance as Leah is also moving. The character serves almost as an allegory for all that is good, and Tellu makes that very physical, very human. When we first meet Leah, she jokes with Prossy about their past boyfriends over a bottle of wine. Before there is any clear indication that the two will fall in love, the way Tellu smiles at Barrett and the amiable tone of her voice convey the character’s deep caring. When Leah laughs wildly and dances freely, we get a sense of someone who is not afraid to love with reckless abandon...This chemistry between the two women is powerful, and the actors fluently embody the dramatic shifts in tone that the play undergoes.



~ Dante Robinson

Phindie.com

ASYLUM 

- 2012 HERE Arts Center; NYC

Every member of the cast turned in an outstanding  - indeed a wrenching performance. Special mention must be made of Tiffany Barrett in the lead role, Brennie Tellu as Leah, Prossy’s lover...They rose above “acting” and on stage veritably became the people they represented, conveying their pain as if indeed it was very real and happening right in front of our eyes.



~ Toby Grace

OutInJersey.net

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

-2017 Book-It Repertory Theatre

The ensemble cast, many of whom play multiple characters throughout, are outstanding. Tellu handles the narration and driving force of the piece well and commits to the iconic speech pattern of Angelou...

~ Jay Irwin

Broadway World Seattle

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

-2017 Book-It Repertory Theatre

The play, adapted by locals Myra Platt and Malika Oyetimein, begins with grown-up Angelou (Brennie Tellu, who plays the character as both intimidatingly majestic and quick to crack a smile)...By the end of the first act, you know what someone in white gloves means: alien, cold, not bringing any good news. But the frigidity of the white gloves melts in the face of the warm triumvirate of grown-up Angelou (Tellu, who acts as our narrator and guide)

~ Brendan Kiley

Seattle Times

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

-2017 Book-It Repertory Theatre

The nine person cast...are uniformly superb led by Aishé Keita...and Brennie Tellu as the “Adult Maya” who narrates the story and sometimes interacts with her younger self. The pair give beautifully realized performances here with the aid of perfectly cast ensemble...

~ Michael Strangeways

Seattle Gay Scene

"HAIRSPRAY" 

-  2014  ACTING NATURALLY Theatre;  NEWTOWN, PA



“Brennie Tellu (Motormouth) was perfect as Motormouth and I really wished her interpretation of the character would have had more time on stage."



~ Wren Workman

Stage Magazine

DIARY OF A SECRET WIFE

- 2011  INTERACT Theatre; CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA



“The Diary of the Secret Wife” is based on an interracial couple: A white man and a African American woman. He convinced her that she would not be accepted and he took on a white woman to take out to business affairs – they think the black women is the nanny to their child and the white women is his girlfriend. Stealing the show was the lead actress, the wife Sheree (played by DeAnna Wright) and best friend Tanya (played by Brennie Tellu)…taking the audience through the emotional roller coaster of her life. But it wasn’t just her, it was also those she was interacting with. Playing the flamboyant friend, Brennie hit the nail on the head with her quick wit and fun-loving demeanor. Watching them interact was a real treat."



~ Yanina Carter

Scoop USA Newspaper

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