"Ms. Steinmetz is terrific as Medvedenko, the whiny schoolteacher (and future husband of the depressive Masha.)" -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Even the often ponderous teacher Medvedenko is played by Samantha Steinmetz with wonderfully droll comic timing worthy of Ellen Degeneres at her best." -Michael Giltz, Huffington Post

"Samantha Steinmetz injects laughs as the poor teacher Medvedenko, embodying at once a kind of shambling oafishness and longing." -Ann Daniels, LitroNY


      *nominated for Best Actress / Houston Press

"It's a rare and happy occurrence in the theater when an actor literally glows onstage, but if you're anywhere near Stark Naked Theatre Company's home on Spring Street, the iridescence from actress Samantha Steinmetz as Joan of Arc is unmistakable. She's as bright and stunning as a sweeping arc light at a movie premiere. Go into the light and be dazzled by her aura. Steinmetz is truly lit from within. She carries her own halo. Bring sunglasses. This radiantly alive actor parlays Shaw's butch maid of Orleans, fighter and dreamer, ultimate martyr, into commonsense revolutionary hero. Steinmetz's Joan is sweetly innocent, wise-ass, demented and determined, while overflowing with a Biblical prophet's righteous indignation and outrage. Joan is Shaw's ultimate woman: tough, pure, noble, sexless. Steinmetz rushes on with interior heat and exterior radiance." -D.L. Groover, Houston Press

"Samantha Steinmetz deserves high praise for her performance in a highly challenging role. She somehow balances the youthful exuberance of a teenager with the doggedness of a determined, courageous visionary. Steinmetz's performance is especially moving at the climax of the play when she realizes that no matter what she chooses to do she will never be free." -Jenny Taylor Moodie, BroadwayWorld

"Steinmetz adopt{s} beatific looks that make her presence as a spiritual luminary believable. She should be commended for incorporating some of the mannerisms of a teenager with the seriousness of a zealot. She gets her way with a mixture of charm, persistence and a spiritual acumen that moves even the most skeptical around her. She even infuses comic relief into some of her statements, reminding the audience of her certainty that she will be protected by God, making her serious grief during the trial even more moving." -Doni WIlson, Houstonia Magazine



"Steinmetz scores again in two wonderfully opposite turns as Mrs. Dashwood and the silly Anne Steele." -Michael Giltz, Huffington Post

"Steinmetz transforms from the quiet Mrs. Dashwood to the garrulous Anne Steele (Lucy's older sister) in a blink, garnering major laughs in the second role." -Pete Hempstead, TheatreMania

"[Mrs. Dashwood, played by] stalwart Samantha Steinmetz." -Sandy MacDonald, Time Out NY (Critic's Pick)

"Delectable portrayals abound, including those from Samantha Steinmetz, in her guise as Anne Steele." -Steven Suskin, Huffington Post

"[Steinmetz] stands out for her double role as the elder Mrs. Dashwood and the young, foolish Anne Steele in Sense and Sensibility." -Ann Daniels, LitroNY


"While to single one out would suggest all are not at an equal high-level of performance -- which they are -- on opening night the audience favorite was Samantha Steinmetz who flipped from dour to doggy in a split second." -Linda Lowen, The Post-Standard

"Samantha Steinmetz steals the spotlight as Mary Bennet and Mr. Bingley thanks to her comedic chops. Her expression, ability to transition from character to character, and antics makes her a favorite in the production. Steinmetz gives an outstanding and memorable performance. Her stage presence is one of a kind." 
-Natasha Ashley, Broadway World

"The first scene-stealer among them is tall, blonde Mary (Samantha Steinmetz). When the first potential Bennet suitor, Mr. Bingley, arrives, Steinmetz morphs into him instantly." -James MacKillop, Syracuse New Times


“The script calls for personalities that runneth over like Greta Ohlsson (Samantha Steinmetz), who looks like she fell out of an Edward Gorey drawing and rounds every vowel she speaks into an elongated “Ooooh.” Steinmetz tickled me so much when passing others on the train lifting her skirt and shuffling sideways against the wall to reveal her Gorey-thin legs and clunky shoes turned sideways as she drew in air through her mouth shaped, of course, into a perfect “O.” Have I mentioned that I just adored the character of Greta Ohlsson?  At one point Steinmetz was on the floor in the agony of anxiety over being found out with her head nearly off the stage platform while audience members were in tears from vibrating bellies and kidney spasms as her perfectly round “O’s” continued to hang in the air.” — Margret Echeverria, The Front Row Center

”The performances are all superb.” –The Westfield News

"The script is engaging, entertaining, and keeps the audience enthralled from beginning to end….While the set and costumes are truly a sight to behold, the actors, who have been brilliantly directed by Emily Mann are what truly flesh out this story. Ms. Mann nimbly movement (sometimes literally) with her cast, taking advantage of the tight quarters to elevate the sense of urgency and danger...the cast are each brilliant in their own way... a stellar cast.” – Broadway World

"A “fast-moving, powerful theatrical locomotive.” There’s an old-fashioned opulence to the show — The costumes are truly gorgeous. The train is magnificent. The performances, while choosing to be over-the-top, are controlled and captivating. Any quibbles [Christie purists may have] about minor plot points are overwhelmed by the fact that Ken Ludwig has taken a dour mystery involving a dead child and turned it into a laugh riot... The whole cast is on Ludwig’s wavelength. Director Emily Mann and Ken Ludwig’s intricate script makes sure this train runs on time, and with excellent comic timing. “Murder on the Orient Express” will get you to a better place, and slay you merrily en route." – The Hartford Courant



"Ms. Steinmetz crafts a devastating portrait of a working-class woman with sad, faint pretensions to elegance (clutching her fancy purse for dear life) and a startlingly earthy sexuality that seems both elemental and, in an artistic sense, very modern. It will probably rank as one of the standout performances of Off Off Broadway this year."

"In this role, Samantha Steinmetz gives a first-rate performance. Her Flora is at once intoxicating, delicate, dangerous, and strong. She plays the character with such nuance, charm, and precision we are left reeling in her last moments on stage." -Washington Square News

"Samantha Steinmetz turns in a masterful performance as Flora, aware of what men are “after,” vulnerable, resisting, falling back on wily but transparent flirtation smiles and evasions, remembering what she ought to be doing, worrying that she isn’t doing it: the world of her character is fully expressed in the expressions that cross her face, the modulations of her high strung, nervous voice, the shifts in her body. Flora is at the play's heart." -Let's Talk Off-Broadway

"Samantha Steinmetz gives a gutsy, nuanced performance as Flora, the slow-witted and vulnerable wife of an abusive lout, in “27 Wagons.” -Theatre is Easy



"To me, the real stand out here is Samantha Steinmetz as Tara, Samantha embodies the small town, yet sophisticated girl, while still giving her enough heart that you’ll fall in love with her too, and she’s clearly the heart and soul of Wild Girl Waltz." -Rogue Cinema

"Steinmetz is a real find here. She reminded me of a young Helen Hunt who captured all our hearts in the 90s sitcom Mad About You. Steinmetz is terrific." -Carlos deVilla, Cinema365

"Samantha Steinmetz does a fantastic job as Tara, whose sassy confidence and abundant heart will no doubt endear her to you." -Richard Propes, The Independent Critic



"Four stars for this play, mainly earned by the well thought out direction and Samantha Steinmetz's portrayal of the icey, but incredibly vulnerable Emma. See this play and fall in love with her character forever."-Paul Ekert (Edinburgh Fringe)

"[Scottish Sperm is] performed by three smart, skilled, accomplished and spot-on actors." -ThreeWeeks, UK

"[Scottish Sperm] is a gem; a diamond of a play. Precisely the unexpected, unheralded piece of magic that comes along in the Fringe so very rarely. Three young Americans deliver a sharp, excellently observed contemporary play about relationships. The acting is first class. All three turn in intimate and endearing performances." -The Alloway Advertiser, UK