© 2019 by Ali Burch. 

Southern Gothic Remount (2019) at the Windy City Playhouse

Ali rejoined the Southern Gothic company for their remount production. The Chicago Tribine's Chris Jones came back to see the show and gave it 4 stars again. Check out this video for his review. 

An Acceptable Loss (feature film debut) 

"Both films reveal female characters managing resentment and explosive anger behind furrowed brows, deeply conflicted about expressing authentic voices while navigating a society that historically demands graciousness, gratitude and obedience toward men.


In one example from An Acceptable Loss, actress Ali Burch plays “Dee”, an academic administrator repulsed by her new and controversial boss, played by Tika Sumpter. Dee, barely able to make eye contact — let alone offer her hand in greeting — represents anyone who’s tried to mask disdain, standing in direct contrast to women who are taught (or choose) to “grin and bear it”.  -Christine Wolf, Bustle 

A Christmas Carol (2018) at the Goodman Theatre

"As Scrooge’s niece, Ali Burch expanded what is normally a cameo role into a person of so much warmth and intelligence she captured my attention whenever she was on stage. Burch’s obvious talent and stage presence suggests there needs to be larger roles in her future, hopefully in Chicagoland theater." -Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews (https://chicagolandtheaterreviews.com/chicagoland-productions/christmas-carol/)

"However, one of the play’s most heartfelt moment comes when Scrooge’s niece Frida, played with energy, honesty and care by Ali Burch, earnestly embraces her reborn Uncle at their Christmas dinner. This is the moment to which this production has led." -Chicago Theatre Review (https://www.chicagotheatrereview.com/2018/11/the-grandaddy-of-holiday-stories/)

“In 2016, the Goodman changed Fred to Frida, played delightfully by Ali Burch…Frida was the part I want to weave a little into my own life. Frida was the part I want my son to carry along in his.” -Heidi Stevens column for the Chicago Tribune (https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/stevens/ct-life-stevens-wednesday-christmas-carol-be-the-niece-1127-story.html)

"Ali Burch returns as niece Frida, a gender switch made by director Henry Wishcamper in recent years that works beautifully at establishing the connection between Scrooge and the women he’s loved and lost" -Kerry Reid (https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ent-christmas-carol-goodman-review-1127-story.html)

Southern Gothic at the Windy City Playhouse

Ali joined the cast of the 6 time Jeff Award nominated Southern Gothic. The Chicago Tribunes' Chris Jones said of the play at it's opening, "Imagine going to see “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and sitting on the couch next to Martha, matching her shot for shot, and you get the basic idea." (https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ent-southern-gothic-review-0228-story.html)

“The skilled performances are impressively focused given that the audience is in such close proximity. All eight actors shine brightly (or vividly flame out in a supernova implosion) as needed.” -Joe from Theatre Review At My Seat (http://www.theaterreviewsfrommyseat.com/southern-gothic-windy-city-playhouse-chicago/), reviewed on August 8th, 2018

A Christmas Carol (2017) at the Goodman Theatre

“Burch’s reunion with her uncle somehow has more power in a cross-gender casting as well. The Goodman may be on to something here.” -Chicago On Stage (http://chicagoonstage.com/goodmans-carol-spirit-christmas-present/)

“Add in the likes of Joe Foust, Molly Brennan and, as Frida (a gender-switched character that replaces the nephew Fred) Ali Burch, and you have no diminishment in the quality of actors who return often to this show. It is a show that has moved with the times, as it should, but retained its warm heart.” -Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones (http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ent-christmas-carol-review-1129-story.html)

“Steller turns by Ali Burch (Frida), […] stand out in the sterling supporting cast.” -Ed Tracy, PicksinSix Reviews (https://www.conversationswithedtracy.com/picksinsix/2017/11/28/picksinsix-review-christmas-carol)

"The part of nephew Fred is now niece Frieda, a change that works extremely well thanks to Ali Burch’s sincere and touching delivery." -Regina Belt-Daniels, Northwest Herald (http://www.nwherald.com/2017/11/27/review-goodman-theatres-a-christmas-carol-dazzles/anav6nq/)

“He pushes away his niece, Frida (a sincere, determined Ali Burch).” -Broadway World’s Patrick Rybarczyk (https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/BWW-Review-A-CHRISTMAS-CAROL-at-The-Goodman-Theatre-20171130)

At The Vanishing Point at Actors Theatre of Louisville

“For lovers of acting, this production amounts to something of a bravura clinic – and some extraordinary acting comes from folks on the cusp of promising careers. Cameron Benoit and Ali Burch give standout performances. As Nora, an ambitious young student at the Kentucky School for the Blind, Burch gives life to her uncommonly direct style and independent spirit.” -Marty Rosen LEO Weekly (http://www.leoweekly.com/2015/02/theater-atls-vanishing-point-poetic-script-magical-acting/)

“These actors, most of them standing alone on stage, have the ability to create intimate connections with the audience. Notable performances include Ali Burch's portrayal of Nora Holtz, a woman with big dreams even though she is blind. Burch's portrayal gives heartfelt insights into Holtz's ambitions and the loved ones who make up her world.” Courier Journal Elizabeth Kramer (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/entertainment/theater/2015/01/30/review-vanishing-point-weaves-community/22597747/)

“One achingly intimate story arch features Ali Burch as Nora Holtz, a young blind woman with many ambitions, and Gregory Maupin as her suitor. Burch’s heartfelt portrayal of Nora makes it all the more dispiriting when we realize through other character’s narratives that she died alone during the great 1937 flood.” WFPL Ashlie Stevens (http://wfpl.org/actors-theatres-at-the-vanishing-point-shows-elusivity-of-shared-connections/)

A Midsummer Night's Dream at First Folio Theatre

“All of the star-crossed (or fairy-crossed, if you prefer) quartet deliver solid and physically adept performances. Ali Burch's Helena straddles her own line between nerdy and outraged. ‘We should be WOOOOED!’ she screams to the night air at one point — a primal moment that captures the desperation of a young woman who has been overlooked by love for too long.” Kerry Reid Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-midsummer-nights-dream-ent-0711-20160710-story.html)

“The mismatched couples elevate characters that, too often, are sacrificed to the easier laughs. Sarah Wisterman (Hermia) and Ali Burch (Helena) develop a relationship that feels genuine in their brief scene before they wind up in the forest, and it's that relationship that lends weight to and intensifies the humor of their later knock-down, drag-out fight.” -Christine Malcom Edge Media Network (http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/199653)

“Particularly enjoyable (and near-heartbreaking) is the shocked fight between Wisterman's Hermia and Burch's Helena when they are mistakenly led to believe that the other has betrayed their longtime friendship.” -Scott Morgan Daily Herald (http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160715/entlife/160719348/)

“The four lovers are played with aplomb.” - Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times (http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/m/APParticle.php?AID=55920&i=8&s=)

Blissful Orphans at Actors Theatre of Louisville

“Blake Russell and Ali Burch leave us with the most vivid and offbeat characters of the night.” -Keith Waits, Arts Louisville (http://arts-louisville.com/2015/01/14/ten-minutes-here-ten-minutes-there/)