Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

"Smith is a moody Juliet, given to fits of impatience and pique over the slightest annoyances, struggling with this whole growing up crap. ... The subsequent scene [after Tybalt's death] between Juliet and Nurse is riveting as the women try to come to terms with the stunning turn of events ..."
-- Eric Minton, Shakespeareances.com

Director of Richard III

A production "where you can discover clarity of vision and superb talent flourishing under the mainstream radar. ... [Director Charlene V. Smith] captures the play’s rambunctiousness with a constant movement of cast members and scenes crowding one upon the other. ... [The production has] the most beautifully effective haunting I’ve ever seen, an example of how a visionary director and a cast playing in precise unison of voice and movement can do so much more with less. ... [The cast gives] their all in a small, bare space in the service of Shakespeare, unencumbered by a big-budget set, guided by a director with a vision as keen and a hand as sure as any in the business."
-- Eric Minton, Shakespeareances.com

A " jaunty production" with "crisp blocking and strong character acting." "Smith’s precise staging leaves audiences free to enjoy the writing, and the show’s clever ferris wheel of props and toys spotlights a host of minor characters with a lot of personality."
-- Robert Duffley, DCTheatreScene.com

What, Lamb! What, Ladybird!

"Smith, a formidable Shakespearean actress in her own right, seamlessly juggles multiple personas as she swings, with abundant wit and charm, from Elizabethan thespian to contemporary pedagogue and dreamer and back again."
-- Tzvi Kahn, MDTheatreGuide.com: 5 stars

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The play is performed with "imagination, and passion, and a love for the spoken word."
-- MarylandShakespeare.com

Jessie in A Thing for Redheads

"With a touch of Miley Cyrus and a dash of Britney Spears, Charlene V. Smith as pop star Jessie Morgan is poppin’ and lockin’ it ... Smith adds a terrifyingly realistic embodiment of the vapid stars that currently grace the covers of entertainment rags."
--Caitlin DeMerlis, DC Theatre Scene: 4 stars

"Charlene V. Smith plays a delightful 'air head' Jessie Morgan"
--Bob Anthony, Allartsreview4u.com.

Millie in Picnic

"director Sherrionne Brown evokes top-flight performances from everyone in the cast"
-- Dan Collins, The Examiner

"the principal actors all have fine moments and ultimately give winning performances ... Charlene V. Smith gives a sense of Millie's awkward entry into the adult world"
--Mike Giulian0, Towson Times

Julie in Jack the Ticket Ripper

"Smith and Gagne make a side-splitting team ... Smith portrays a convincing innocence in Julie, which is foiled by her later-revealed bizarre sexual fetishes (she gets hot for Jack after he kills a couple more people). Julie also shares her heart with the audience members, who are left catching their breath from laughter as she sings a song about Jack (”He Slays Me”) complete with feather boa and over-exaggerated Broadway vibrato. ... Smith and Gagne flawlessly propel the play with seamless momentum."
-- Caitlin DeMerlis, DC Theatre Scene: 5 stars, Pick of the Fringe

"Jack the Ticket-Ripper is filled with hilarious theater stereotypes, physical comedy, and brilliant one liners. ... Julie’s (Charlene Smith) very clever rendition of “He Slays Me” is a particular highlight. ... Jack should be on everyone’s Must See list."
-- Joan Wendland, Washington City Paper

Director of The Spanish Tragedy

"Beautiful, strange, and violent, "The Spanish Tragedy" is a feast of revenge. ... The troupe — anchored by David Dubov as the aggrieved Hieronimo and Brian Harrington Moors as the nefarious Lorenzo — meets the challenge, delivering the antique verses with skill. ... "Tragedy" conveys a timeless message: Revenge is a dish best not served."
----Tim Follos, Express Night Out