****disclaimer: Allana did not pay anyone to say any of the following comments. Although she has received money from the last person, every year on her birthday.
You could cast a Rosalind purely on her smile, and with Harkin, you’d be getting your money’s worth.
She radiates the essence of newly discovered love with all its various high’s and lows.
Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star “As You Like It”
The run away hit at the Next Stage Festival is Sarah Michelle Brown’s First Hand Woman. Brown takes
Elisabeth Kübler Ross’s five stages of grief -- Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression and Acceptance --
The women perform with conviction with Allana Harkin as Acceptance being particularly strong.
Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 fm. “FHW”
A broken relationship fragments a woman’s psyche into warring characters called Denial, Bargaining,
Anger, Depression and Acceptance… a strong acting ensemble that evokes laughter and approving,
understanding nods from the audience, it’s Allana Harkin’s engaging Acceptance who binds together
not only the other characters but also the show.
Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine, FHW
Big sister Claire (Allana Harkin), in from New York, has been paying for the upkeep of the house
and its two inhabitants. There are some very real scenes between the sisters and Harkin does a
terrific job in a difficult role.
JANIS KIRSHNER, Montreal Mirror “Proof”
Allana Harkin is a wonder. Not only does she have skill with delivering the lines, she has an
airy grace and lightness of touch. Her comic timing is fine, indeed, and she is the wittiest one
on stage…A remarkable performance by Allana Harkin that would rate her instant stardom in a theatre
culture that really cares about the classics.
Keith Garebian, Stage and Page “As You Like It”
Harkin is a charmer...she is practically in Vanessa Redgrave territory, which, as anyone was around
in the ‘60’s will tell you , is best possible location for this role.
Robert Cushman, The National Post. “As You Like It”
It might not have seemed like the right week to make people laugh, but the Atomic Fireballs show
on September 16 (5 days after 9/11) came as much-needed comic relief. The four-person troupe keeps
getting stronger. Their acting skills are better developed, they continue to take risks and their
comedy transcends gender though they have special insights into what it’s like to be female. Their
closer, an absurd premise set in an airplane (yes, it was in good taste), was one of their best ever.
Will someone please give them their own TV show?
Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine
She’s always been a good eater.