Balm in Gilead

"The chance to see Ashleigh LaThrop play Darlene is reason enough to catch it. LaThrop, a petite, wide-eyed, altogether luminous African American beauty, grabs hold of Darlene’s 20-minute monologue (and every other scene in the play) with such delicacy, ease, innocent sensuality and freshness that by the time it’s all over you realize a star has been born. "

-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Balm in Gilead has plenty of interest packed into it's two hours, including a weirdly hypnotic performance from Ashleigh LaThrop...LaThrop('s) natural gentility gets all kinds of things spinning here."

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"The all-encompassing embrace of Wilson's tragedy fully registers only as it's distilled into the petite form of LaThrop's Darlene...It is a tour de force, an actor's dream. LaThrop delivers the goods in a narrative of painfully applied cheer - punctuated by bleak pauses, her face shadowed, the only sound another cracking of a vulnerable heart" 

-Lawrence B. Johnson, Chicago On the Aisle


"There are scenes that are difficult to watch, including the physical abuse of a teenaged girl, played with remarkable courage by Ashleigh LaThrop."

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune        

"Watching LaThrop's terrified face and quivering body, it feels real, too real. And I'm not watching it as an audience member. I'm experiencing it with LaThrop. It's horrifying and brilliant at the same time."

-Katy Walsh, Chicago Theatre Beat

"Ashleigh LaThrop shows us what real fear looks like, in a progression from palpable unease to something beyond speech. This is a person in front of us whose eyes we can all see, collapsing by swift degrees into stark terror."

-Lawrence B. Johnson, Chicago On the Aisle


It is LaThrop, with her luminous face, matchstick figure, easy grace, and marvelous mix of the demure and daring, who steals the show. Whether swimming or dancing, beating down a brush fire, or biting into the still warm heart of a freshly evicerated wild deer, she is wondrous to watch in this story that plays out on a stage filled only with words and raw emotion."

-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times 

"LaThrop handily contrasts 'Silent Leila's' meek demeanor with her roiling inner life."

-Kris Vire, Timeout Chicago           

"LaThrop has the more difficult acting job, her character being silent for much of the show. When Leila verbally explodes at the end of the play, the spectator is startled to discover so much feeling and eloquence in the dreamy loner. LaThrop makes the girl's unexpected shifting of emotional gears logical, and maybe the play's most powerful dramatic moment."

-Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews

"Ms. LaThrop has a magically wistful presence"

-Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema 


"Ashleigh LaThrop is emotionally and physically mesmerizing."

-Barbara Wells, Hill Rag

"The most wrenching and shocking tale is that of Myrrha...a bounding teen uninterested in love and suitors...I would single out Ashleigh LaThrop as Myrrha (and Midas's daughter) who breaks your heart twice."

-Gary Tischler, The Georgetowner

"The sylph-like LaThrop, all angles one moment, all undulating curves as Myrrha in another tale, is captivating."

-Jordan Wright, Alexandria Times

"Ashleigh LaThrop's movements are hard to believe when, as Myrrha, she actually melts before your very eyes. LaThrop is also pretty frightening as Hunger, a growling, insatiable monster clinging to Erysichthon."

-Alexis Victoria Hauk, DCist

"Among these resonant characters were Ashleigh LaThrop's Myrrha...LaThrop's Myrrha embodies the guilt of forbidden desire as she struggles to resist it's temptation. The watery dance she later does with her father is just one example of the beautiful physical theatre that is Metamorphoses."

-Elizabeth Bruce, Broadway World

In The Continuum

"As the young Nia, LaThrop gracefully discovers the hidden sensitivity of a woman who already understands perseverance in the face of physical danger...she acts with grounded calm and a strong sense of reality in a scene that textually verges on the melodramatic. LaThrop also has a smart, wise-cracking sense of humor and a fun facility with comedic delivery. Her comedy skills allow the play to never become too emotionally overwhelming."

-Johnny Oleksinski, New City Stage

"Ashleigh LaThrop gives this production tremendous energy, keeping audience attention rapt while speaking entirely in dramatic monologue on a barebones set."

-Scotty Zacher, Chicago Theater Beat

Crumbs from the Table of Joy

"Ashleigh LaThrop as Ermina, brings an acerbic youthfulness to the role that lets her cut through to the heart of the matter."

-Alan Piotrowicz, Third Coast Daily


"Thanks in large part to LaThrop's stirring vulnerability (large, friendly eyes belie her brittle demeanor), we see how the reverberations of racism can infiltrate even the best-intentioned relationships."

-Christopher Shea, Time Out Chicago

"Ashleigh LaThrop is a tiny little spark plug as Sharree"

-Joe Stead, Chicago Stage and Standard