South Pacific - Drury Lane Theatre - 2018

Here’s what’s sublime about the production...Bloody Mary (Yvonne Strumecki) closing the mesmerizing “Bali Hai” with a single note that seems to hover in the air like a jewel.

Catey Sullivan (Chicago Sun-Times)

Additional amazing singing comes from Yvonne Strumecki as the aspirant Tonkinese merchant Bloody Mary, who casts a vocal spell with the song "Bali Ha'i." 

Scott C. Morgan (Daily Herald)

The hypnotic and exotic “Bali Ha’i,” passionately performed by Yvonne Strumecki, as a likable, but determined Bloody Mary, is staged with haunting allure. It’s unlike anything theatergoers will have seen in other productions…And Ms. Strumecki’s Bloody Mary is more than simply a comic caricature with two great songs. She’s a real mother desperate to secure a better life for her young daughter, Liat. Her deep, resonant voice caresses the melody and attacks the lyrics of “Happy Talk” with the ferocity of a desperate car salesperson needing to make a sale.

- Colin Douglas (Chicago Theatre Review)

A Standout Performance

Emily McClanathan (Broadway World)

The musical…includes perhaps one of the strongest supporting casts in any production of “South Pacific” I have ever seen. Yvonne Strumecki is absolutely stunning as “Bloody Mary”.  Strumecki’s vocals are rich and impressive and she is able to both hit the high notes and get the laughs in this role, which can be heavy handed if not approached just the way she did, with more warmth than anger. Strumecki’s voice is simply beautiful during my favorite song from the show, “Bali Hai,” and both desperate and wry during “Happy Talk,” as she tries to talk the Lt. Joseph Cable into staying with her beautiful native daughter, Liat.

- Kimberly Katz (Buzz Center Stage)

As Bloody Mary, the colorful Tonkinese entrepreneur, Yvonne Strumecki is utterly sterling and to the manor born.

Jonathan Abarbanel (Windy City Times)

Yvonne Strumecki, who plays Bloody Mary, is a fabulous singer

Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune)

In the Heights - Virginia Repertory Theatre - 2017

But as community matriarch Abuela (Yvonne Strumecki) makes clear in her show-stopping ode to both the Cuba and New York City of her childhood, how much we might wish to leave the past behind is always tempered by how much we are bound to each other.

- Tony Farrell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Yvonne Strumecki has an incredibly moving, spotlight moment that shows off her vocal prowess in "Paciencia y Fe."

Jeremy Bustin (Broadway World)

...very honest performance(s) and great vocals

Joan Tupponce (Richmond Family Magazine)

Strumecki is the emotional anchor of both the musical and the neighborhood as Abuela. Her performance of “Paciencia y Fe,” is particularly affecting as it looks back on her journey to the States from Cuba while surrounded by dancers in 1940s garb.

- Rich Griset (Style Weekly)

South Pacific - Light Opera Works - 2015

I'd never really thought of avaricious Bloody Mary as a more anodyne version of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage," but there are moments in Strumecki's performance where her barely sublimated rage makes that seem possible.

- Kerry Reid (Chicago Tribune)

She has both the comic and vocal chops required for this role of the local entrepreneur who introduces her lovely teenage daughter to Cable.

- John Olson (Chicago Theater Beat)

Strumecki has ripened into the role and is the solid anchor at the shows center core.

Jim Schneider (Showbiz Chicago)

 a role she was born to play

- Alan Bresloff (Around the Town Chicago)

Ms. Strumecki’s Blood Mary is more than simply a comic caricature with two great songs. She’s a real mother desperate to secure a better life for her young daughter, Liat (lovely, graceful Victoria M. Ng). Her rich, deep singing voice caresses the melody and lyrics of “Happy Talk” with the ferocity of a car salesperson needing to make her sale. 

Colin Douglas (Chicago Theatre Review)

 a portrait full of quicksilver mood swings

- Hedy Weiss (Chicago Sun-Times)