|Crimes of the Heart|
The Conelly Theater
"Blessed with a subtle and evocative design by Andromache Chalfant"
-The New York Times
Crimes of the HeartMcCarter Theater"The Exuberant Queen Anne-style architecture of the MaGrath family home, with it's pink scalloped shingles and white trim perches atop the action like a giant strawberry ice cream sundae...Andromache Chalfant contributed the impressive set, which fills the expansive kitchen with homey objects, while above it all, that pink and white facade floats like a promise of happier times to come."-The New York Times
American Repertory Theater
"Dissertations could be - have been - written on all the possible meanings of this play; each reading, each viewing, opens up new possibilities, but part of its beauty is that no one meaning ever imposes itself definitively as the only possible one. And the beauty of this production, with Andromache Chalfant's spare gray set wonderfully suspended in a sea of darkness, is that it leaves itself open to all the possibilities. It does not impose meaning on the play or on us; it creates images full of many meanings, and then it lets them be."
Kansas City Repertory
"Scenic designer Andromache Chalfant creates such an amazingly realistic mid-1950s roadside diner in "Bus Stop" that on opening night I had to fight the impulse to get up on stage and study the detailed props and the fake window glass and the phony snow and the faded upholstery of the swivel chairs.
I guess that's what they call "the magic of theater" — the ability to convince an audience that something is real even when everyone knows it can't be."
-The Kansas City Star
Six Degrees of Separation
The Old Globe
"Kudos especially to Andromache Chalfant's set and Ben Stanton's lighting, which serve to remind us of the simultaneous presence of both the small world and the mean world, muting one or both at times, highlighting them at others"
"Andromache Chalfant's breakaway scenic design contrasts the lushness of the Central Park living quarters and its artworks with the grim reality of the city streets and its graffiti art. "
"Andromache Chalfant's austere set of rigidly boxed-off rooms tells us exactly where we are in this bleak emotional landscape -- a divided domestic setting where everyone lives in his or her own private little world, safely isolated from everyone else's suffering."
Awake and Sing!
"Andromache Chalfant's design of the Berger apartment is on the money, down to the portraits of the family's immigrant forebears on the dining room table."
-The Washington Post
"Some of the attitudes in Odets' 1935 drama might seem dated, but the pile of furniture with which set designer Andromache Chalfant clutters the floor in front of the stage looks unsettlingly similar to those seen on Baltimore streets almost daily as a result of evictions. And the central themes of debilitating economic conditions, the ravages of war, and false notions of respectability and status remain sadly resonant."
-The Baltimore Sun
"...the production is ferociously true to life. The brick walls that frame Andromache Chalfant’s setting appear solid enough that patrons who’ve not been to the Kreeger Theater before might well think them part of the building’s structure."
-Washington City Paper
"...a picture of vulnerability enhanced by the elaborate bedroom scene (quilts, pillows, faded prints, dusty books and all the other depressing clutter of a long lifetime) assembled by designer Andromache Chalfant."
"Andromache Chalfant’s set is resplendently dilapidated"
-Time Out NY
"Andromache Chalfant's cubistic set, inspired by the early 20th-century painting of Kurt Schwitters, provides a flexible backdrop, alternatively suggesting a craggy mountain valley, a village square, a church grotto or the underworld. The white box in which Marguerite is imprisoned in Act Five is an especially effective counterpoint to her spiritual desolation as she awaits execution."
"Semele... trapped in the antiseptic elegance of a rented hotel ballroom, re-created with loving verisimilitude by scenic designer Andromache Chalfant"
"I should make that beautifully staged by Sam Helfrich, with a colorful and witty set design by Andromache Chalfant going a long way towards making this lyrical, light-hearted love story a true treat for seasoned as well as new opera goers"
(I am) Nobody's Lunch
"I'd also like to add a bravo for Andromache Chalfant's set. If you've been to Theater B at the 59E59 theater complex, you know that its stage is tiny; yet Chalfant's main prop, a circus-like booth with striped front and back to convey the bars of the American flag serves as a visual metaphor for post 9/11 America as a circus where news is in the hands of barkers who deliver the news with a spin."
- Curtain Up