Reviews for Kristen P.

Encore MI: Hope Rep’s “Fantasticks” Lives up to its name

By: Marin Heinritz, July 24, 2016

“Everyone is expertly dressed in costumes by Kristen P. Ahern that are beautifully constructed and designed to highlight movement and character. Made mostly of brightly colored plaids and stripes, with dapper hats and suspenders, they’re out of time, really, neither contemporary nor belonging to a particular age, and perfectly whimsical.”

Encore MI: Hairspray at Hope is an Explosion of Joy

By: Bridgette Redman, June 19, 2016

“With so many performers on stage, Costume Designer Kristen P. Ahern has her hands full, and she showes off her talent with costumes that painted the stage in bright colors in every scene. The Corny Collins dancers are all in coordinated 60s style dance outfits. Where Ahern especially deserves praise is in the plus-size outfits she designed for the various characters—outfits that complimented them and made them look stunning.”

MLive: Hot Mikado SIZZLES
By: Sue Merrel, July 14, 2014

“And another nod to costume designer Kristen P. Ahern for the bold pink and purple and yellow Zoot suits and a wraparound wedding dress that combines kimono and ’40s styles.”

Uplifting ‘Train’ still on the right track
By TOM WITOM Contributor April 17, 2012 

“Kristen Ahern’s period costumes capture the era and are especially effective late in the play when the cast, in formal attire, stands in tribute in front of a projected sepia-toned image showing the original Jubilee Singers.”

Oak Park’s Open Door theater gets on board on the boards
By Doug Deuchler Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

“I have no idea what Open Door’s costume budget might be for this show but the cast looks especially stunning in Kristen Ahern’s designs in the closing scenes, c. 1875, when the Fisk Jubilee Singers have “made it” and are touring Europe and Russia.”

Chicago Stage Review: Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir

“Kristen Ahern’s costume design is smart and attractive.” : Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir
By: Ken Payne

“Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir” takes place in Austria and, despite the present American accents, has viewers successfully using their imagination in which the story, set and costumes are enough to create a wooded, European atmosphere.”

The Chicago Maroon: Choose Thine Own Adventure

“Adding to the sheer novelty of the play was the pre-show. Having taken the rather rickety stairs down to the Underground Lounge Bar, I was courteously greeted by a gentleman in a ruff and an Elizabethan outfit. Inside, guests mingled with drinks and chatted with the actors, all in Elizabethan dress, while a handout on the table let you play Shakespeare trivia or put together your own insults from a list of Shakespearean words. It was like descending into another world and another time.

I feel entirely as if I’ve spoiled the show, for I’ve given away everything that made me enjoy it. Yet it’s quite probable that I have said very little of what you’ll actually see, for the adventure that you choose will, quite probably, be different from mine.”

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