Favorite Review Quotes

Annie Loui in the press:

LA Times
“Baltimore Waltz”, director

Best Production of the Year award

New York Times
“In the Grace of the World” director/creator inter-media production for the Orchestra of St Lukes

“St. Luke’s, in its own version of the much-bruited notion of finding ways to reach new audiences, successfully harnessed the moviegoing idea on Saturday night….. And when the lights came up, it was like waking from a dream”

Orange County Register
“The Almond Seller”, director, West Coast premiere

“Director Loui deploys elements of magic realism with an often-thrilling theatricality, and she has washed the production with a kind of Brechtian comic tone that prevents things from becoming too cumbersome.  This is theater that’s both intellectually stimulating and entertaining.”

LA Times.com
“Love of Three Oranges”, director

“No matter what your depth of theatrical experience, it’s doubtful that you’ve witnessed anything like “Love of Three Oranges” at UC Irvine. This comic fairy tale fantasy has been streamlined into a kaleidescope of comedy, color and movement. Especially movement, where the efforts of director, Annie Loui who also serves as choreographer, are particularly in evidence……Three oranges is what you might expect had Stephen Sondheim dropped a little acid before writing “Into the Woods”

“War to End War” director /choreographer

“If there were more smart theater like this, more smart people would go to see theater”

LA Times.com
“Big Love”, director/ choreographer

“At UCI director Annie Louis has fashioned a highly attractive, deliciously spirited production…’Big Love’ takes the proverbial battle of the sexes to a new, literal plane with a rollicking slapstick touch. …It’s a splendid melding of ancient and modern theater”

Orange County Register
“Hansel and Gretel”, director/choreographer

“The opera is a charming mix of high spirits and creative stagecraft.. Director Annie Loui deserves credit for making an event out of what could have been just another precious bedtime story”

New York Magazine
“American Clock”, choreographer

“Arthur Miller’s American Clock, revived by Signature Theater, is a cross-section of American depression-era vignettes…and things are under control, especially Annie Loui’s effective stylized group moves.”

Back Stage, NYC
Critics Best Bets of the Year (directing) commendation
“Moose Mating”, director/choreographer

“the parts are more than the sum. The work is as much dance piece as play, and praise for the evenings successes must be shared with director Annie Loui, whose bio lists numerous choreography credits.”

LA Times
“Nosferatu”; adaptor and director

“spectacular mix of theater and F W Murnau’s Dracula-themed silent film”

Orange County Register
“Nosferatu”, adaptor director

“One of the most impressive achievements here is the way Loui choreographs our attention, directing it back and forth between the screen and stage with a minimum of intrusion of one medium on the other”

Irvine World News
“The Arabian Nights,” director/choreographer

“The Arabian Nights” proves as charming and beguiling as the Persian culture where these stories originated, thanks to Loui’s spirited direction.”

O.C Weekly ( Best Play of 2007 commendation)
“Fetes de la Nuit” director and choreographer

Vibrant and exhilaratingly alive, this deeply personal portrait shows us the city, warts and all: rude black-vested waiters, elaborate food, sultry chanteuses, lots and lots of Gauloises cigarettes, Edith Piaf, ornate French storytelling, the grittier aesthetics of sex, the Eiffel Tower, bicycle shorts, fashion shows, performance art, the country’s simmering racism, and Yves Montand all make appearances…. Director Annie Loui stages all of this to great effect…. It’s really a damn shame UC Irvine’s production of Fetes de la Nuit is only staged for two weekends because this is one of the first plays I’ve seen in a long time that would easily bear up under repeated viewings. Like a single trip to Paris, you simply won’t understand everything, but you go anyway.

Irvine World News
“Alice’s Adventures” intermedia creation, director/choreographer

“UCI director truly makes this “Alice” a Wonderland… an imaginative and wondrous production”