The Divine Sister
"Agnes (Charlotte Mae Ellison) was my favorite character. She is a nun in training at the convent. She was a very silly character and she was kind of like the super-happy, jolly-jolly-fun-time, Julie-Andrews character of the entire story. She was over the top but in a very funny way; she really seemed very genuine while she was acting goofy. And she was very committed to it, which I really liked. She was mostly very peppy and skipping around and singing, and she would end almost every number in the splits! I found her really funny. Then she has a huge transformation at the end where she becomes a total biscuit and starts smoking and has a huge amount of makeup and a perm. And I thought that was hilarious."
- Ada Gray
"It's fun to see director Shade Murray bring his professionalism to this pageant-style silliness, and he indulges in the best way possible with Charlotte Mae Ellison and Chad's float-size turns as a miraculous sister and a weapons-grade atheist."
- Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader
"Agnes, the young postulant played with breathtaking comic precision by Charlotte Mae Ellison, burst into the first scene like Maria on the hillside."
- Smyra Yawn, PerformInk
"Ellison's Agnes embodies the necessary sweetness required of the role with enough of an edge that lets us know there's more brewing below the surface."
- Misha Davenport, BroadWayWorld.com
“He's [Michael Shannon] ably matched by Fitzgerald, Ellison and Bourque, all firing fast….”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“But Ellison, with her very young, scrubbed-clean face and a basketball-sized stomach protruding from her petite form, is magical in her quiet intensity and stubbornness.”
– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"...the ensemble too is superb.... From the moment the play begins, Borkowski and company suck us into this bleak world, and the more we learn, the deeper we're plunged."
-Jack Helbig, The Chicago Reader
"Charlotte Mae Ellison turns in a heroic performance as Pan."
-Colin Douglas, Centerstage Chicago
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
"The adolescent spellers include Olive Ostrovsky (Charlotte Mae Ellison, a supremely natural actress), whose mom is off at an ashram in India and whose dad has neglected to pay the contest entry fee or show up at the event...."
-Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times
"Director Scott Weinstein's savvy cast find the heard and soul of every character, and the result is nothing short of R-E-S-P-L-E-N-D-E-N-T."
-Jack Helbig, The Chicago Reader
Top Theater Picks of 2013: "Every member of the pitch-perfect cast deserved a trophy."
-Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune
"...Charlotte Mae Ellison and havalah grace turn in layered performances as the sisters."
-Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader
"...Charlotte Mae Ellison and havalah grace each deliver distinct yet relatable characterizations of the sisters. The fact that two disparate personalities are affected similarly by their father’s shortcomings resonates."
-Scotty Zacher, Chicago Theater Beat
"...Charlotte Mae Ellison and havalah grace give worthwhile performances. Ellison’s feigned world-weariness more poignantly speaks to all the ways April refuses to acknowledge when she’s hurting, preferring to dress it up in some reactively knee-jerk heard-heartedness."
-Tom Williams, Chicago Critic
"The cast, as a whole, does a wonderful job. Each actor embodies her character perfectly, which makes the differences between the sisters stark and helps you understand the intense resentment they feel towards each other.... Charlotte Mae Ellison, who plays Collette, uses the character’s detached and simplistic world-view to make her one of the elements of comic relief in this otherwise dark show."
-Anuja Vaidya, Chicago Theater Beat
Circle Mirror Transformation
"But, it's Charlotte Mae Jusino [Ellison] who really steals the show as the shy and reclusive Lauren, who eventually comes out of her shell in a big way."
- Chris Gibson, broadwayworld.com
"Charlotte Mae Jusino [Ellison] provides the starkest development of the five as Lauren, who evolves from a shy, quirky lass at the studio perimeter into a self-confident and triumphant sort, all in 90 minutes. Jusino’s judicious body language and facial expressions delightfully mark her character as much as her dialogue."
- Mark Bretz, Ladue News
"...but after seeing Circle Mirror Transformation I believe that acting awkwardly on purpose is almost as hard to pull off. The pure skill of this cast is remarkable. From the opening scene to the final blackout, there is never a doubt that the characters are real people, ungainly and uncertain of themselves, impulsive, sincere with the kind of earnestness that masks desperation, resentful, recalcitrant—fully, that is to say, ourselves. Charlotte Mae Jusino [Ellison] as Lauren, Danny McCarthy as Schultz, Kate Middleton as Theresa, John Ottavino, as James, and Lynne Wintersteller as the teacher, Marty, comprise as good an ensemble cast as we have had on the Rep stage in the last forty years."
-Robert Boyd, talkinbroadway.com
"Colby Sellers and Charlotte Mae Jusino [Ellison] gave deeply moving performances as a suicidal teen and her broken father, who was left to watch the story of her demise play out on tabloid television."
- Michael Dice Jr., Reviews You Can Lews
El Muerte del Maestro
"The most engaging performance is by puppeteers Ellen Girvin and Charlotte Mae Jusino [Ellison] who control a giant paper mache bull and a collection of shadow puppets."
- Keith Ecker, Chicago Theater Beat
"The four leads are given equal weight and they all commit to their roles with a passion and responsibility without calling attention to their own work that adds immeasurably to the cumulative power of the play."
- Bryan Birtles, Vue Weekly