GRAND HOTEL closes its doors - and what a stay!
Kokandy's Jeff Recommended production of GRAND HOTEL closed its highly successful run at Theater Wit on May 27th, 2018. Read what critics had to say about Michelle's performance as Elizaveta Grushinskaya:
"What blooms for the baron is love, in the form of one of the characters we really do care about: a once-great Russian ballerina now approaching 50, still beautiful but now feeling the inexorable toll of age on bodies. Michelle Jasso is radiant as a dancer whose heart seems to break in a new place with each increasingly flawed performance." ~Lawrence B. Johnson, Chicago On the Aisle
"Played with class, style and an air of smoldering mystery, beautiful Michelle Jasso brings her considerable talents to the role that made Greta Garbo a legend on the silver screen." ~Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review
"The lovely Michelle Jasso (Elizaveta Grushinskaya) plays fading diva with bittersweet poignancy. Her thirst for adoration is illustrated in a soulful duet with the smooth-talking Dohner." ~Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
"...the plight of dancer Elizaveta Grushinskaya (a brilliant Michelle Jasso) . . . Jasso and Dohner, together and separately, capture their once-grand and currently struggling characters beautifully and with little sentimentality."
~Karen Topham, Chicago Onstage
"Among the hotel guests is the aging, financially strapped prima ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya (Michelle Jasso, who combines grace and gusto)."
~Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald
"Michelle Jasso as the once prima ballerina is perfect as the tiny dancer whose identity is wound up with her fading career." ~Mira Temkin, Chicago Theater and Arts
"Michelle Jasso beautifully embodies Elizaveta, a faded prima ballerina in the midst of her eighth farewell tour." ~Bob Bullen, Chicago Theatre Addicthttps://chitheatreaddict.com/2018/04/22/kokandys-haunting-grand-hotel/
"Glover and music director Aaron Benham have uncovered magnificent talent in these Chicagoland performers, including Michelle Jasso as fading ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya." ~Bill Esler, Buzz Center Stage
"The ballerina, Elizaveta Grushinskaya (deftly handled by Michelle Jasso)..." ~Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago
"Michelle Jasso is great as the famous ballerina on her second farewell tour. She expertly plays her lack of motivation to perform until she meets the Baron Feliz Von Gaigern..." ~Quinn Delaney, Playlist HQ