The Taming of the Shrew
"Nobody can seethe like Jenna Kuerzi. As Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Kuerzi reacts to every slight from her unwelcome suitor Petruchio with rage. Her nostrils flare. Her eyes bulge. Her tongue bounces around in her mouth, straining against her cheeks. Her voice erupts into a piercing bellow that belies her petite frame. Her unruly hair even seems to grow a few more inches. *it’s Khan’s vision of Katherina (a.k.a. Kate) as a surly punk princess in a Brooks Brothers world, aggravated by the attitudes and the attire of all and sundry, that makes this Taming of the Shrew special."
-Tim Duneavy, DCMetroTheaterArts
"Kuerzi’s dynamic Kate, a “fiend of hell” ...is a typically moody, impetuous, disrespectful, rebellious, overly dramatic teen. ...Clad in black with a mess of fire-red curls, she packs a plus-size voice in a petite body, bellowing at her mother — and everyone else who crosses her in a spitting fury that would seem mentally ill from anyone over 19. ..... Sound, props, and furniture are minimal, focusing our attentions on the actors, who always earn it — especially Kuerzi and Kirkpatrick, whose connection sizzles. The arc of their complicated relationship is both clear and satisfying."
Broad Street Review
"In actor Jenna Kuerzi’s hands, the “shrew” Katharina is a punk-rock-style anger-filled woman. ...The obvious regard Kate and Petruchio have for one another frame their games—which in some other productions come across as necessary masculine cruelty—as romantic interplay. Kate’s much-derided speech in the denouement (“I am ashamed that women are so simple”) reads as personal thanks and commitment, not unreconstructed dribble, farce, or irony."
" With Kuerzi's performance, there is no doubt that the shrew in question needs help to change. She is at least as unhappy as her behavior makes everyone else, full of anger and discontent and fully aware that she lacks the social skills to handle her emotions."
"...Jenna Kuerzi's Katherina, a copperheaded spitfire in black lace stockings and studded motorcycle boots. She's the kind of girl you see smoking on the hood of someone's car outside a 7-Eleven, talking too loud and starting fights..."
Birdie's Pit Stop (and the tribe of queers who fucked everything up)
"...the production is brought to life by seriously committed comic performances from the nine-member cast....most notably Jenna Kuerzi as (Birdie's) hellfire sister on the hunt for the mythical stag... the horror plot is well-crafted though thoroughly ridiculous and twee-ly self-conscious..."
-Christopher Munden, Phindie
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"Until one spellbinding scene in Act Two, there was almost certainly not enough of the young foursome that anchors the bulk of Shakespeare's whimsical plot. Jenna Kuerzi's Hermia and Jessica Giannone's Helena scratched and clawed like alley cats....Without any sense of silly slapstick or cheap humor, these young actors delighted with their emotion-laden expressions of Shakespeare's quick-witted poetry, delivered by Kuerzi and Giannone's excellent portrayals and clear voices."
"The actors playing the four young lovers have the most demanding roles, and they excel at every turn... Jenna Kuerzi, as Hermia, brings a contemporary approach to strongly deliver Shakespeare’s prose..."
"Kuerzi was downright enchanting, her exaggeration bordering on ridiculousness. “Is this not the dawn of the ’80s?” she proclaims as if invoking the dawn of civilization."
-Margie Fishman, The News Journal
"Overall the cast is very strong. As the son of Macduff, Jenna Kuerzi manages to pull off precocious without being precious."
-Jennifer Kranmer, PlayShakespeare
"Carmen Khan has wisely cast for voices: this is a cast with perfect diction and powerful resonance. The actors speak the lines as if it were their native tongue."
-Toby Zinman, the Philadelphia Inquirer
Buzfeed, Donald Trump, and Dead Black Kids
"Two high school girls (Iman Aaliyah and Jenna Kuerzi, both in subtle, pitch-perfect performances) sit on a sofa with a school project looming... When one girl compliments the other with, “You’re the whitest black girl I know,” the temperature in the room suddenly drops and the conversation rides off the rails."
-Toby Zinman, Broad Street Review
"It’s like writing a review of a party I attended. This is weird...And I also enjoyed Jenna Kuerzi’s performance as Claudius/Hamlet’s Ghost (who dgaf)."
"Alousha (Jenna Kuerzi), a wounded and rattled boy forced to serve, complicates Will and Jack's friendship, testing their assumptions about what they can and should do to win the war. The unconventional casting works.... Kuerzi is ferociously committed, and her gender raises no doubts or distracting questions."
-Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review
"The acting is good across the board, although all three actors indulge in the inherent melodrama of the script a little too much. But, at times, they do bring the characters alive, and those are by far the most enjoyable moments of this play."
-Ninni Saajola, Phindie
"Jenna Kuerzi's character appears the most rebellious with her aloof attitude, dyed hair, and non-uniform leggings and boots, but she throws herself into her roles with the most enthusiasm. Her Corporal Nym is a hiccuping drunk mess, while she gives Lord Scroop the nervous tic of rubbing his scarf against his face even as he attempts to conceal his treachery, and the Duke of Orleans a prim and arrogant carriage that complements the rest of the French forces."
Batboy: the Musical
"Dana Michael and Jenna Kuerzi are two tiny sprites who play spirited mother and teenaged daughter, respectively. They rock, shuck and jive with the oversized vigor of the energizer Bunny coming out of lithe and slender bodies. Those two and the rest of the cast, all of whom have incredible light and spark, managed to do all of their singing and dancing while swinging up and down their jungle gym bars as if born to it."
Delaware Arts Info
" The hilarious (and cruel) practical joke played on Malvolio threatens to steal the show."
-Hugh Hunter, Philadelphia Inquirer
" Be it in the sadistic laugh of Olivia’s maid Maria (Jenna Kuerzi).... this is comedy choreographed like a ballet. "
-Scott Wiser, Phindie
Love's Labour's Lost
"The four young women, played by... Jenna Kuerzi (Rosaline)... use the wit, playfulness and strength of the script to the fullest."
-Ken Grant, Delaware Arts Info
"Standouts include....Kuerzi’s Rosaline...There are really no weak spots in the sizeable cast, no parts of the show where you don’t feel entertained."
-Holly Quinn, Delaware Online
*Mentioned in DC Metro Theatre Arts' 2015 "Best of Philadelphia" Year End Awards for "Best Musical"
" Spookfish is a big glorious mess, an ambitious no-budget production fuelled by youthful passion.
I loved it. A great young cast --...Jenna Kuerzi (who's also terrific in IRC's Exit the King)....-- don't play Walker's horror-flick inspired script for laughs, but take it to a higher level. I found the cleverly plotted self-destruction of this band of misfits outrageous and engrossing, with a committed genuineness that kept it from devolving into winking satire. The actors are too good, and Walker's script reveals too much squalid small-town real life, for that to happen.
That's not to say Spookfish is perfect -- but its bold imperfections, high stakes, and ridiculous meta ending are part of its infectious rough charm."
-Mark Cofta, CityPaper
'Till Birnam Wood...
"The formidable ensemble of eight is not confined to a traditional stage, but moves freely around the space and the audience, surrounding and enveloping us in the dark tale. The “weird sisters” (played with sinister fervor by Angela Smith, Jenna Kuerzi, and Katherine Perry) hiss, shriek, and whisper hair-raising spells and spine-chilling prognostications into our ears..."
-Deb Miller, DCMetro Theatre Arts
"Relying predominately on pre-recorded audio, sound effects that illustrate the action being performed within the plot, and of course the vocal prowess of its eight actors, Till Birnam Wood… manages to control the somewhat frenzied movement of the story without any visual cues."
-Zachary Connor, Theatre is Easy
Stairs to the Roof
" Cheers to ... the actors who move like precise machines, deliver lines as if they were written for comic panels and run around the stage like a zoo on the loose."
-Howard Shapiro Newsworks
"EgoPo's brilliant and hilarious second show in their season of "American Giants....It is here that the show's spirited ensemble—a combination of Rowen theater students (current and alums) and professional actors—shines. Kudos where kudos are due...Precision timing plus amusing schtick: speed where needed, slo-mo where needed, over-the-top where needed
Exit The King
" Jenna Kuerzi endows the elder queen’s waiting woman with the contradictory air of being better than her station yet knowing her place."
-Neal Zoren, Neal's Paper
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
"...the bawdy and uninhibited Princess Puffer — a product of Dickensian London, played by Jenna Kuerzi... the South Jersey theatre scene has never had an actress quite like Kuerzi, and probably will never find another. Her gravely voice and ability to deliver one line with such energy, and the next so pragmatically, keeps each character in check and her own character(s) ever fresh."
-Jim Cook Jr, SJ Times