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The Hard Problem
Quantum Theatre 2017

The Hard Problem at Quantum Theatre
The always witty and erudite Tom Stoppard probes human nature
By Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper, November 01, 2017
"Set over a seven-year period, The Hard Problem takes Hilary from wide-eyed grad student to a brain-research lab, to a climax that questions her answers. Complicating her quest is the affable but dislikeable Spike (Andrew William Smith in suitably mean macho mode): tutor, lover, rival, asshole."
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Stage review: Quantum gets to the heart of the mind games in 'The Hard Problem'
By Sharon Eberdon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 31, 2017
"Mental gymnastics mostly carry the day here, particularly when Hilary and Spike go at it. He’s an avowed atheist who believes we are hardwired by our brain function, and Mr. Smith imbues him with a pretentiousness meant to keep lesser minds at arm’s length."
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The Hard Problem
By Yvonne Hudson, Pittsburgh in the Round, October 29, 2017
"As Spike, Andrew William Smith displays an appealing versatility in his second Quantum appearance. He’s sweetly supportive as a charming lover who throws on Hilary’s robe, but progresses to tipsy cad at work celebrations. He’s passionate about Hilary on several levels but grows jealous of her success."
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Arcadia
Potomac Theatre Project/NYC 2017

The Siegel Column - Some of the Sum of the Summer So Far
By Barbara & Scott Siegel, Theater Pizzazz, August 10, 2017
"The actor playing the pivotal role of Septimus Hodge, Andrew William Smith, was a total revelation; he was sensational!"
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Arcadia – Atlantic Stage 2, New York
The Reviews Hub, July 20, 2017
"You must see this show. It is an intellectual thrill ride with humor and grace. Andrew W. Smith is a likable scoundrel as Septimus with every syllable clear as day."
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Review: Arcadia
By PJ Grisar, Stage Buddy, July 20, 2017
"Mr. Smith as Septimus seems pulled from another time as he capably melts sealing wax."
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Off Broadway Reviews: Arcadia
By David Hurst, Talkin' Broadway, July 19, 2017
"Septimus Hodge (the terrific Andrew William Smith)"
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Arcadia: A good-natured, easy-going production that allows all of Tom Stoppard’s conceits to flow smoothly.
By Joel Benjamin, TheaterScene.net, July 23, 2017
"In the 19th century, Thomasina Coverly (a delightful, many-layered Caitlin Duffy) shows signs of undeveloped genius as she solves difficult mathematical problems and asks mature questions under the tutelage of handsome Septimus Hodge (Andrew William Smith, cool, but oozing sensuality)."
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Spanning Centuries: PTP’S “Arcadia”
By Jack Wernick, The Theatre Times, July 31, 2017
"...worthy performers include... Andrew William Smith as Septimus Hodge..."
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PTP/NYC’s Arcadia:
An Exciting and Romantic Decline from Thinking to Feeling.

Front Mezz Junkies, July 24, 2017
"One of the central relationships that span this incredible piece is that of tutor and student. The two has tremendous chemistry and connection, and while it is a thrill to watch their dance together, it also plays with and parallels the ideas of chaos versus order. Andrew Willian Smith (Arena Stage’s A Streetcar Named Desire) portrayal of the thoughtful and charming tutor, Septimus Hodge is wonderfully layered and unique. Smith, playing the sexually charged tutor and friend of Lord Byron, shines quite beautifully in his emotional connections."
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Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, and Pity in History by Howard Barker at the Potomac Theater Project (PTP) at the Atlantic Stage 2
By Mari S. Gold, New York Arts, July 23, 2017
"Septimus Hodge, an excellent Andrew William Smith"
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Arcadia
Show Showdown, July 24, 2017
"Andrew William Smith... nicely delivers some of Stoppard's most wonderful lines."
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The Three Musketeers
Carnegie Mellon University 2017

The Three Musketeers at Carnegie Mellon Drama
The action is thrilling, the swordplay dazzling
By Stuart Sheppard, Pittsburgh City Paper, April 19, 2017
"The action is thrilling, the swordplay dazzling….Andrew William Smith’s direction is sophisticated and daring"
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The Three Musketeers
By Stephen Arch, Pittsburgh in the Round, April 17, 2017
"Smith and his extraordinarily talented cast of actors pull off a seamless performance by employing adaptations that leaves the audience quite fulfilled. Kudos to Smith and his cast for pulling this off brilliantly. It is a sight that theater-goers should actively seek out when looking for a drama with true entertainment value. To wit, not one of Dumas’ original intentions to set up this entertaining and suspense-filled drama is missed or left out, and that is a credit to Smith and his cast."
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The Royale
City Theatre Company 2017

“The Royale” at City Theatre
The Pittsburgh Tatler, February 6, 2017
"Andrew William Smith, as the white promoter Max also deliver strong and firmly grounded performances, building a believable emotional world within the heightened universe of the text and staging."
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REVIEW: The Royale at City Theatre
By Ted Hoover, Pittsburgh City Paper, February 1, 2017
"Tim Edward Rhoze and Andrew William Smith sharpen the play’s edges with danger and complexity as two of Jackson’s cohorts."
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The River
Quantum Theatre 2016

Quantum Theatre brings the mystery of 'The River' to Aspinwall
By Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 6, 2016
“This is the type of play where an audience will have one impression, and their neighbor will have a different impression, and they both will be right,” Mr. Smith said. “It’s a complex mystery, and we want to embrace that.”

To say even a little about the interplay between the man and the women onstage is to say too much. Mr. Smith painted a picture in broad strokes, saying, “It’s a play about the complexity and the nuance and the challenge of love.”
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'The River' actor is an angler
By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 12, 2016
“Playing the character performed by Hugh Jackman on Broadway, Mr. Smith in real life is a catch-and-release fly fisherman.”
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The River at Quantum Theatre
There are so many layers and word plays in this fish tale
By Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh CityPaper
“As the central character, Andrew William Smith easily moves from dominating to charming to vaguely threatening. The Man is concealing something, but it’s not his vulnerability…. There are so many layers and word plays in this fish tale: the pursuit, rejection, loss and triumph of fly-fishing mirror the course of romance. The River makes for a completely stimulating evening.”
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Quantum’s Surreal “The River” Transfixes
By Stuart Sheppard, Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine
“For all the excellence of the writing and the staging, Griffith, Smith, and Christensen deserve immense credit for turning an ethereal premise into transformational theatre. The highest compliment I can give to this production is perhaps the rarest — the audience comes away with a genuine and personal reaction. Whether you take what happens in The River as literal, or surreal, the experience is transcendent.”
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A River Runs Through It – a review of “The River”
By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant
“The River” is superbly written and expertly cast…Smith makes his Pittsburgh debut in the play. He enters the local scene on a gloriously high note.”
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Our Town

Washington Post — Friday June 7, 2002
“As George, Andrew William Smith gives a fresh, funny performance, inventively getting laughs in a few unexpected places and making them feel just right.”

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Mad Forest
PTP 1998

Bob Anthony, Arts Critic, August 20, 1998
“Andrew W Smith succeeds in reaching wonderful heights throughout his performance with a top emotionally moving scene during his confrontation with Ms Gardner as his mother….consumate searing emotion from both.”
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