Selfie by Christine Quintana
“...all three are good – and good together. They gel very well as a triad, and the sweetness of their interactions gains in tension as events take their various turns, until in the emotional apex of the show you can absolutely see how awful it is to love and fear each other so intensely, radiating off them in miserable waves.” –Mooney on Theatre
“...and this is an example of the play at its best, the way it shows teenagers grappling, in the moment, with their consciences, their desires and their rights. I won’t go into more detail with the plot, but Quintana’s temerity for making very polemical issues appear equivocal and challenging is a sincere compliment to her teenage viewers.
Her work is bolstered by good performances. Allen is incredibly likable as the popular, goofy athlete who also has sensitivity and depth. Mutombo is luminous in a monologue about her trip to Paris and how a selfie can redefine the experience of an event.” –Globe and Mail
“As Emma, Rachel Mutombo has grace, confidence, perception and a sense of responsibility.” – Slotkin Letter
Ruined by Lynn Nottage
“And indeed it is the three supporting actors playing Josephine, Salima and Sophie who provide the most electric moments of the show, without a doubt, particularly their trio riffs. One-off, Rachel Mutombo as Josephine was an astonishing amalgam of pout, snot, coquette and muscle. ” – Broken Leg Reviews
“With one eye always on the prize, Rachel Mutombo's Josephine is a hypnotising figure of spice and sass. She allows herself to be swept away from the ennui of her life when the men are around, and her ability to turn it on and off makes it appear that she is almost hoping to be saved; Then just as suddenly - boom! - she grounds herself and slaps the nearest person about the head with that very dream.” – Two Cents & TwoPence (Liz Gloucester)
“Rachel Mutombo has the weary sensuality of Josephine down to an art. “ – Two Cents & Two Pence (Lilian Jasper)
“It’s clear that the actors in this production by Dark Glass Theatre know that they’re working on something important, something that’s bigger than they are. Those are the only circumstances in which you get performances that are this deep and humble.
Rachel Mutombo, who plays a prostitute named Josephine, is certainly in that camp. Josephine is the daughter of a chief and sometimes she is cruel to Sophie and Salima as she tries to regain status, but Mutombo also lets us see Josephine’s desperation. And, when Josephine dances, joy flashes off her in primary colours.”- Colin Thomas
“I want to reiterate how good the acting is across the board, but particularly by Mutombo, Jones and Simamba as the three damaged women who represent all the innocent female victims Nottage is honouring here. ” – Vancouver Plays (Jerry Wasserman)
“Shayna Jones and Rachel Mutombo play Salima and Josephine, two women at Mama’s house who tell their stories with resilience and anger, hopelessness and shame. Amidst themes of pride, violence, and power, the greatest take away is that these women are survivors who continue to fight against the war that is being waged, often on their bodies.” – Review Vancouver (Erin Jane)