She has long been one of the area’s finest actresses, but this might be a new high. One moment she is a fierce, commanding presence — talking down to those around her — and then minutes later she is broken, physically and emotionally, sitting limp in a wheelchair.  She is even able to bring out a warmth to the character that isn’t always evident. I’ve seen lots of Vivian Bearings (including Cynthia Nixon in the 2012 maiden Broadway version), and Owen is as memorable as any.   


– Jim Farmer, ArtsATL

As Vivian Bearing, a stern college professor of metaphysical poetry who’s facing a losing battle with stage 4 ovarian cancer, Owen essentially has us at “Hi,” her opening line.  In retelling and reliving Vivian’s story directly to the audience, she creates a deeply thoughtful and heartfelt rapport with us…Owen bears her soul with an extraordinary bravery and grace.    


– Bert Osborne, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


First and foremost, this play belongs to Mary Lynn Owen, whose Dr. Bearing is a compelling composition of strict teacher, amused observer, "unreliable narrator," and obsessed academic.  She nimbly segues from scene to narration to flashback to lecturer, every word crystal clear, every emotion vibrant with complexity, every humiliation grimly borne, every agony indelibly sketched in blood and morphine.  I know it's only January, but I can't imagine any 2016-performance-to-be matching hers in ambition, in effect, in achievement.  To quote Aurora's Producing Artistic Director, she is a "Force of Nature."   


– Brad Rudy, Atlanta Theatre Buzz



Her performance is a work of art.   


– Margaret Edson, Playwright, Wit

Crossing Delancey 

The actress delivers a scene-stealing turn as the ebullient Bubbie.  In her brightest moment here, simply watching Owen unwrap a package is “pure gold,” indeed.   


– Bert Osborne, Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Owen’s timing is precise, and she nails every scene. She’s wise and caring but also smarter than she lets on. The actress’s ability to submerge into a character is very much on display here. 


– Jim Farmer, ArtsATL



Bubbie is here played splendidly by Atlanta actor Mary Lynn Owen…a comic delight.

– Manning Harris, Atlanta Intown Paper

The Glass MenageriE 

Owen inhabits it all like a second skin… Her voice changes into a syrupy Southern drawl; her giggles become awkwardly nervous paroxysms, desperate and pathetic. Owen isn’t just another dependable Atlanta trouper. She’s the crème de la crème, a superb comedian with a very poignant edge. If this isn’t a performance of a lifetime, I don’t know what is.


– Wendell Brock, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Six Degrees of Separation 

I would like to add my voice in praising the elegance, grace, and subtlety of Mary Lynn Owen’s performance as Ouisa. She is perfectly cast, and hers is certainly the most accomplished performance I’ve seen so far in 2014.  Actor’s Express is once again setting the bar high for Atlanta theatregoers; bravo to them–and especially to Ms. Owen.         


– Manning Harris, Atlanta Intown Paper

4,000 Miles 

Mary Lynn Owen is not good at playing Vera. She is stupendous in the role of the 91 year old Vera.  


– Atlanta Cultural Arts Reviews


Supremely nuanced performance from Mary Lynn Owen… she fully inhabits this role, both in comedic bits about her dentures or hearing aid and in lovely moments addressing her faltering mental faculties or her regrets in life.


– Bert Osborne, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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