"Dainichia Noreault plays Roberta, the petite, brooding beauty who packs a mean sucker punch. She shifts from cool deadpan to attack mode in a split second to get what she wants."
"Noreault achieves compelling heights in the surreal speeches in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea."
Noreault is a thoughtful, gentle Cordelia, ably conveying both the character's sweetness and her strong will, and she also is solid in the role of Lear's Fool. Her Fool nicely blends Cordelia's tender care for Lear with a spunky sense of sardonic irony.
Shakespeare’s Fools are great characters, and Noreault's Fool in “Lear” is no exception.
She brings her Cordelia with her to the Fool. She speaks the truth to Lear, but is also compassionate towards him, tender, protective. I’ve always wondered at both the Fool’s and Cordelia’s loyalty, because surely this King was not that easy to serve, either as Fool or as Daughter. Why stick with him?
Noreault answers that with her performance: There aren’t good reasons for compassion, necessarily, let alone for love. Expressed powerfully, they make their own reasons.
-Oregon Art's Watch-