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The Gun Show
Quantum Theatre 2019

A review of The Gun Show at Quantum Theatre
“Mr. Smith holds us in his grip for an hour, with moments of provocation and inspiration woven into the fabric of the work. (Smith) is an adept storyteller for his hour onstage, playing up the more comic moments as he circles the topic.”
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The Gun Show
“All the elements of the production were, as per Quantum’s usual standards, absolutely top drawer. Smith’s retelling is heart stopping.”
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Review of The Gun Show: Can We Talk About This
“It has that rare quality of unimpeachable honesty that’s hard not to appreciate. ”
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The Gun Show Sparks Conversation On Gun Control
“It’s an emotionally draining ordeal, performed powerfully by Smith. The Gun Show” ends not with a bang, mercifully, but with a heart–felt plea for tolerance and cooperation.”
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Pride and Prejudice
O’Reilly Theater 2018

We Are All Fools In Love
A review of Pride and Prejudice

“Smith’s dual roles are both comedic. His Bingley is giant puppy dog of a man, complete with bouncing red ball. Mary’s dialogue is a dour, pendatic yet hilarious when delivered by the tall, masculine man in a nightgown. It’s a departure for the actor, but Smith handles it with aplomb.”
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The Public’s “Pride and Prejudice” is a Brilliant Grenade of Laughter
“Andrew William Smith brought everything, including a nasty cough, as Mary, the awkward sister who couldn’t seem to get anything right, especially her love life, wardrobe, and hair. The brightest spot on stage gleamed from a towering inferno of misplaced baritone seething.”
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Pride and Prejudice Overflowing with Strange Charming Heart
“Andrew William Smith steals nearly every scene, both as Mary — she's called "pedantic," but that means bookish, sick, and homely here — and as the vapid, wealthy aristocrat Mr. Bingley, whose full attention is easily captured by a shiny red ball. ”
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Pride and Prejudice Giddy and Garrulous
“Vulnerable Jane meets up with a Mr. Bingley (Andrew William Smith), a young, playful and affable gent with more money than brains. Smith plays a dual role, as do several other actors, and one of the production’s delights is seeing them portray such contrasting characters. It’s a tribute to their acting skills that you hardly know they are the same actor guised in a different costume. Smith, for instance take on the role of Mary, the third, unfortunately unattractive and bookish sister. If you’d like to enhance your theater experience, I’d suggest not looking at the program before the show starts and try to guess which actor plays which alternate role.”
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Pittsburgh Pride and Prejudice Adaptation
“(Smith) is delightful as the lovestruck Mr. Bingley, who finds his destiny when he sets his sights on the enchanting Jane.”
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A Review of Pride and Prejudice
“A similar switcheroo is provided by Andrew William Smith, whose Hugh Grantian portrayal of Mr. Bingley is miles away from his portrayal of Mary Bennett. Mary is one of the first characters we meet, and with her sniveling voice, towering size, chronic coughing and sneezing and peculiar, almost feral mannerisms, "she" quickly sets the stage for the kind of show it's going to be.”
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Pride and Prejudice
“There is a beautiful sense of fluidity that (Smith) possesses to seamlessly transition from one character to another… His portrayal of Mary was incredibly raw, emotive, and genuine.”
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Truth/Dare
Director
IRT Theatre 2018

Lisa Huberman on Truth/Dare
“It’s always a pleasure to see an ensemble who are so at ease and in sync with each other. You feel the love between them, and also the genuinely nasty ways they are able to wound each other because they know each other’s buttons. [With] Director Andrew William Smith…there is a real sense of trust and control in this whole production. This not only allows them to take physical and emotional risks with each other, but makes the audience feel at ease in the direction of the journey we are embarking on with them.”
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Truth or Dare Dares us to Empathize
“This is a powerful piece…..The overall story is compelling and is a good opening to Project Y’s expose of Women in Theater. They are presenting 32 works in 22 days, an impressive feat. If all the pieces are as provocative and intricate as Truth or Dare, the series is bound to be a success.”
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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
Director
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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