THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (2017)
"Ariel Edler, as Robert’s ex-wife, Marian, and Jackie Rebok, as the singer at the State Fair, both add to the surplus of enjoyable vocal performances this production has to offer."
- Andrew Worthington, Theatre Bloom
"The seven member ensemble (Ariel Edler, Lillian Blank, Eva Grove, Jackie Rebok, Joel Signor, Albert J. Boeren, and Jules Einhorn) add so much with their gorgeous voices."
- Charles Shubow, Broadway World
"Jackie Rebok has the unenviable task of playing Huey’s racist mother. But she eventually comes around and gives her grudging acceptance of her son’s relationship as something over which she has no control. The mixed-race audience gave her a wide berth but as the character comes to recognize the worth of the people she has long held in such low esteem, so did the audience come to love Rebok’s portrayal. With a fine voice and solid acting, Ms. Rebok does wonders and it’s so special to see her bring this character to life."
- Timothy David Copney, MD Theatre Guide
"Mama don’t always know best, but when mama knows that change is gonna come round, it might be time to start listening to mama, and that’s exactly the case when it comes to Gladys (Jackie Rebok) Calhoun. With a consistent Tennessee accent, Rebok plays the character in earnest, easily overcoming her young age and fully convincing us that she’s Huey’s dated mother. Though her tolerance is non-existent, when she finally sees the light and comes around, the powerful transformation that Rebok showcases in the character is striking. “Make Me Stronger” is an exemplary show of her vocal strength, but it’s “Change Don’t Come Easy”— which she shares with the trio of Gator, Bobby, and Delray— that really puts her vocal prowess on display. Belting, wailing, and even wildcat dancing her way through the number, Rebok is mighty impressive in the role simply because of that number."
- Amanda M. Gunther, Theatre Bloom
"David Porterfield and Jackie Rebok are amazing as doomed older couple Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider. Their scenes alone are worth the price of admission and their duets are incredible. Rebok is wonderfully wry and very pragmatic as an elderly widowed landlady. Their scene near the top of Act II was heartbreaking and Rebok followed it with a phenomenally performed (and very well blocked) rendition of 'What Would You Do?' "
- Johnna Leary, DC Metro Theatre Arts