South Pacific - Flat Rock Playhouse - 2019

“Strumecki was the great surprise of the show, playing the wheeling, dealing Bloody Mary, a robust native woman who has a price for everything. At first characterized as a not-very-attractive middle-age loudmouth, Bloody Mary surprised everyone with her wonderful singing voice. Later, Strumecki surprised me even more when she rounded out her character as a devoted mother doing the best she can for her daughter.”

- Steve Wong (Blue Ridge Now)

“The most memorable character, perhaps, is Bloody Mary. Embodied by Yvonne Strumecki, Bloody Mary is a native of the islands, and her fiery will to turn a profit despite the war and to marry her daughter off properly overcomes her comedic English pronunciations to make her a fierce personality. When Strumecki sings the famous “Bali Ha’l” with mesmerizing movements, the audience listens with awe and respect.” 

- Olivia Stuller (Hendersonville Lightning)

South Pacific - Cape Playhouse - 2018

Yvonne Strumecki brings a whole new dimension to the character of Bloody Mary. Her strong, distinctive portrayal of the wily island entrepreneur is humorous, but with sad undertones just below the surface. The actor’s voice and presence add a secret magic to her rendition of “Bali Ha’i,” and even “Happy Talk” gets the extra-dimension treatment.

- Barbara Clark (Wicked Local Dennis)

In a role she’s played before, Yvonne Strumecki is extraordinarily good as the indomitable Bloody Mary, a feisty Tonkinese grass skirt vendor. As Liat’s mother, she aids and abets her daughter’s love affair, whether luring Cable to her island with a haunting “Bali Ha’i” or encouraging the couple’s relationship with “Happy Talk.”

Cindy Nickerson (Cape Cod Times)

One high point in the show is Strumecki’s soulful siren song about her island paradise, “Bali Ha’I.

- Iris Fanger (Patriot Ledger)

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)