Anna Cummer

Macbeth

'In this cauldron of technical excellence stride Haysam Kadri's Macbeth and Anna Cummer's Lady Macbeth, titans of assurance and poise in command of not only their characters but Shakespeare's verse...Initially, Cummer's Lady Macbeth is a fortress of resolve so watching her crumble is devastating. Her sleepwalking scene is riveting because Cummer shows us the regret that is destroying Lady Macbeth, robbing her of the sleep she needs so desperately.'

- Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun/Calgary Herald

'Cummer is absolutely enthralling as Lady Macbeth. The emotionally nuanced performance really digs itself deep under the character's skin to bring out the darkness that lurks inside a seemingly good person. And who better to flesh out that darkness than Cummer, a magnificently articulate actress. Her power over Kadri's Macbeth is absolute as her words sting like the most venomous snake in the jungle. The sleepwalking scene is made even more interesting by the fact Lady Macbeth's crushing power turns against her, destroying her in the process.'
- Rodrigo Flores, Joyful Magpies

Anna was nominated for 'Best Actress in a Play' 2016 Calgary Critics Award and also for the "Best Actress in a Drama" Betty Mitchell Award for this performance. 

The Mousetrap

'Yes, this is a great ensemble cast but Cummer manages to shine just a little brighter than her co-stars because she gives us such a layered, nuanced characterization. Her Mollie is the true centrepiece of this whodunit'
- Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun

'Cummer, particularly, can do things with her voice that Lebron James does with a basketball - she's a vocal virtuoso, darting between dainty and hollering like a Liverpool longshoreman.'
- Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

'Cummer's Mollie tries desperately to keep the house running smoothly while also trying to keep the peace between the guests. Cummer knows how to make small physical moments sing.'
- Rodrigo Flores, Joyful Magpies

The cast of The Mousetrap was nominated for the Best Ensemble Award at the 2016 Calgary Critics Awards.

Lungs

'Cummer delivers a memorable stream of consciousness monologue about the pros and cons of having a child at this moment in history, counterpointing it with her own female mythology around childbirth. They are ten of the more astonishing minutes you will ever see on a stage...Stripped of all manner of artifice, the play produces a pair of dazzling performances from Jespersen and Cummer.'
- Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

'For Cummer in particular it is a brave, honest performance as heart-wrenching as it is frustrating and annoying, again, maybe just for me but there were times I had to bite my tongue to keep from telling Cummer what she was doing to my patience and nerves...Navigating MacMillian’s words with such fearless precision and insight, Cummer, Jespersen and their director Jamie Dunsdon put my emotions through the wringer …'
- Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun

'Cummer and Jespersen match the velocity of MacMillan’s fearless script. Cummer is fantastic in drawing out so many emotions from the audience. And there is this one powerful moment, which demands to be seen, where Cummer simply nails it. Never has a theatre gone so quiet. And Jespersen is there with Cummer every step of the way. Rarely do a pair respond to and match so well what the other brings to the table.'
- Rodrigo Flores, Joyful Magpies

Anna won the 'Best Actress in a Play' 2015 Calgary Critics Award and was also been nominated for the "Best Actress in a Drama" Betty Mitchell award for this performance. 

Gaslight

'Cummer (hitting every hysterical note perfectly) is completely believable as a neurotic, borderline personality early on, which makes her transformation in the finale that much more satisfying to watch.'
- Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

'Cummer adeptly handles a role that in lesser hands could be overwrought or annoying; indeed, she gets the audience on her side.'
- Brandon Beasley, Downtown Calgary

 

Hedda Gabler

'In her impressively intelligent performance, Anna Cummer makes Hedda a bright-eyed sociopath, a woman who lives in a barren world of her own but who is also, paradoxically, a bereft idealist, a soul searching for a connection to beauty that it’s impossible for her to make. Yes, I laughed when this Hedda said of love, “Oh, don’t use that sickening word,” but I was creeped out too. It’s a fine piece of work.'
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

'Anna Cummer powerfully internalizes Hedda’s anger and anguish, showing emotion through her eyes like a film actor in close-up.'
- Jerry Wasserman, The Province

'Throughout, Cummer is like a tightly wound violin string, ready to snap at any moment. One moment she’s feigning friendship, smiling and drawing Thea into her parlour like a spider with a fly; the next, with eyes glittering, she’s glacial. Smoothing down her elegant grey silk gown, Cummer seems to be physically trying to contain Hedda’s fury with her bare hands.'
- Jo Ledingham, The Courier

Anna's 'Hedda' was nominated for a Jessie Richardson award in the Lead Actress (Small Theatre) category.

 

The Miracle Worker

'Anna Cummer as Annie Sullivan was a pleasant surprise in a very difficult role.'  
 
- Mike Mackenzie, Suite101.com

'Kudos too to Anna Cummer as Sullivan, stern in her disciplined approach to teaching yet terribly troubled by her own haunted past.'
 - Peter Bernie, The Vancouver Sun

'Her Annie maintains some of Cummer's natural comic radiance (and her sweet high voice) but shows a spine of steel as she determines how to get through to Helen...it's when she and Helen go one-to-one, alone on stage, that it becomes a magical place.'  
- Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays

How It Works

'Cummer is also terrific as Brooke. Looking remarkably like a young Jody Foster, she maintains a luminous vulnerability as she shifts from the precocious adolescent who can hardly believe how stupid adults are to desperate freaked-out junkie.'
- Jerry Wasserman, The Province

'Her (Anna's) portrayal of the cold turkey treatment is electrifying as Brooke rushes from door to door looking for escape.'  
- Jo Ledingham, The Courier

'Anna Cummer is lippy and touching as Brooke.'  
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

Anna's performance in 'How It Works' garnered a Best Supporting Actress (Large Theatre) Jessie nomination.  

Winter's Tale

'Anna Cummer and Torrance Coombs are fresh and delightful as the young lovers'
- Dykk, The Vancouver Sun

'Cummer, in particular, ably portrays a young girl on the edge of womanhood, working what she's not entirely sure she has to get her Prince Charming.' 
- Stuart Derdeyn, The Province

'Anna Cummer (Perdita) is spring incarnate.' 
- Michael Harris, The Globe and Mail

Peter Pan

'Anna Cummer makes a hilariously ferocious and flirtatious Wendy in this production.'
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

'Cummer's Wendy the standout' 
- Jerry Wasserman, The Province

Anna was nominated for a Best Performance Jessie Richardson award in the TYA category for 'Wendy'.

Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet

'The delightful Anna Cummer nearly steals the show as sex-and-death-obsessed Juliet'
- Jerry Wasserman, The Province

'Anna Cummer's Juliet is positively visionary.' 
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

Anna's portrayal of 'Juliet' won her a Jessie Richardson award for Best Supporting Actress (Small Theatre).