what they’re saying…
“One up-and-coming star making her [Marin Shakespeare Company] debut has to be Anne Norland, whose comedic talents and high-energy hijinks lend lots of fun to this production.”
“Sabine, played by Anne Norland, admirably hang[s] on every word. Norland is spectacular in her role.”
The ensemble is fantastic, with the Chorus of Lambs playing a mind-boggling array of roles. However, the star of the show is Anne Norland who plays Clarice. She does a fine job of mimicking and lampooning Jodie Foster’s hick accent, while commanding the scene in her every appearance.
Norland mostly nails the caricatured Clarice. Her default look, as she muddles through heaving sexual tension in the FBI academy, in her interviews with Hannibal, with her roommate Ardelia, is one of indigestion, or like she’s always looking around to see who passed gas. She leavens that with the bravado of a witless ranch hand (the show mostly takes place in the South) improbably thrust into importance. It’s the kind of heroic, comic role a woman doesn’t get to play very often, and Norland seizes the opportunity with gusto.
–San Francisco Chronicle
The production’s centrepiece is Anne Norland’s performance as Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee given the assignment of interviewing Hannibal Lecter, a devilishly shrewd prisoner in a psychiatric facility who may hold the key to finding a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. Norland captures many of the tics and traits of Jodie Foster, who won an Oscar as Clarice, pumping up and puncturing the character’s grave demeanor and turning Foster’s lightly sibilant lisp into slush.
–Bay Area Reporter
“Norland brilliantly captured the essence of the most emotional character of the production. Additionally, her airy, sweet voice, which first showed forth in her first number, “Everything’s Alright” was remarkable as was her rendition of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.””
“Norland has a great scene-stealing moment during her first song, “Barbara Song” which doesn’t even appear until the Second Act.”
“Norland, as Roxie, showed a clear and believable progression from a whiney, but naïve adulteress to a more experienced, fame-seeking leading lady. Her performance was crisp and energetic, complete with clear enunciation and well-developed vocals.”
–The Washington Post
“Norland created a lovably awkward performance, a unique interpretation that made for a powerhouse performance when combined with high energy and velvety vocals.”
–The Fairfax Connection