Praise for Hopelessly Devoted

{A} sturdy and moving U.S. premiere at Evanston’s Piven Theatre…[T]he performances in Abby Pierce’s production…transcend with warmth and searing honesty…Pierce’s staging allows the intertwining stories of these women to spin out with truthfulness and moments of silence that still speak that truth. 3.5 Stars.

Chicago Tribune

Praise for Sickle

…“General” Iryna, a young mother given to ranting, who nevertheless is loyal to the point of murder and devoted to the survival of her son and her sisters—the other women of the village. Christine Vrem-Ydstie captures both the ferocity and the vulnerability of her character in equally frightening measure…The fierce, sometimes feral, performances…with Christine Vrem-Ydstie’s stricken mother…at their center, propel the bleak narrative to its inevitable conclusion with tense, deliberate inexorability…
Chicago Stage Standard

Wonderful acting, most notably by Christine Vrem-Ydstie who plays General Yryna…

Vrem-Ydstie is a sympathetic villager and mother…
Third Coast Review

[The] talented cast succeed beautifully at evoking mood and atmosphere…
New City Stages

The five actresses in this cast give it their all.
Picture This Post

Praise for 10 OUT OF 12

Christine Vrem-Ydstie as the play within a play’s female lead charms us...
Picture This Post

Actors Kyle Gibson, Christine Vrem-Ydstie, Eunice Woods and Gregory Fenner, who play the actors performing in the play within the play, all bring the kind of nuance that comes from firsthand experience.
TimeOut Chicago 

The acting work is strong across the board...Highlights include...Christine Vrem-Ydstie, who brings a bright energy to female lead Eva.
Splash Magazine

The Theater Wit production...has been directed by Jeremy Wechsler. And he certainly has nailed the atmosphere, with both his cast and real-life crew doing a yeoman’s job at suggesting the delicate egos, quirks and snacking habits of all those involved...
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

The production as a whole is a truly inimitable experience and provides an insight to theater that most may not be familiar with, adding a new appreciation for the art.
Buzz News Chicago

I highly recommend this work for all Chicago theater lovers, for it is a love letter to the craft of theater; a messy, exhilarating love letter and it should be enjoyed by all. 
Edge Media Network


Praise for VACATION

Chicago playwright Hayes Borkowski's "tragic farce" is a breathtaking work, at once deceptively simple in its premise—five twentysomethings spend an aimless night of drugs and alcohol and sexual intrigue in a Florida time-share—and achingly profound. Borrowing a few moves from Edward Albee and Harold Pinter, Borkowski has created rich characters who deliver infuriatingly opaque dialogue that between the lines contains a world of heartbreak and rage. Surely part of the credit for this belongs to director Joshua Ellison and his perfectly paced production, presented by Area IV Theatre; the ensemble too is superb, led by the able Zach Livingston as a disaffected hockey pro in the midst of a serious identity crisis. From the moment the play begins, Borkowski and company suck us into this bleak world, and the more we learn, the deeper we're plunged.


“All of the performers brought an exciting energy to their roles...By far the strongest actor was Christine Vrem-Ydstie, who plays Hallie, the daughter of Dr. Miller, and one of the women Van Gogh painted.  Every time she walked onto the stage I was immediately drawn into her scenes. The dialogue for Hallie was so sharp and precise, and Vrem-Ydstie delivered it exquisitely.”
Chicago Theatre Review


“...I’m a sucker for art capers, and this one here is bolstered by some crisp direction from Aaron Henrickson and some refreshingly solid acting. Christine Vrem-Ydstie is great fun to watch as the wounded art ingenue...”


[Vrem-Ydstie]  had an uncanny ability to suddenly break out with raw fits of emotion that were genuinely moving, especially in her depictions of Gachet’s daughter Margurite.”
Chicago Critic


“Christine Vrem-Ydstie and Sean Thomas did particularly good jobs in handling their dialogue from past to present.”
Gapers Block



Praise for HEIST PLAY

“...[T]he actors (Joshua Davis, Neal Starbird and Christine Vrem-Ydstie), even while playing it soused during most of their stage time, give emotionally sincere and affecting performances, particularly Vrem-Ydstie as Marianne, who's batted around the story like a leaf on a windy street.

TimeOut Chicago


Praise for RUBY WILDER

"All the performances are strong, but Christine Vrem-Ydstie stands out as Ruby Wilder's sweet, pretty, profoundly disturbed sister."

Chicago Reader