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"I have reluctantly returned to the land of reality after 75 minutes of 100% undistilled theatrical enchantment! A beautifully carved cameo of remembrances. Where was I? In the company of two, not one, but two, charming actresses. Libby and Lilia Skala! It was pure magic, the transportation kind of magic. Brilliantly written and what comes off as effortless staging...Tonight was a treasure to remember and cherish." 
- RICHARD THOMAS, New York
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"We're still talking about it. Some performances leave you when the curtain comes down and you are ushered out of the theatre. We couldn't stop talking about your show. What about this... and how about that... and I felt... and so on and on. You made us think and most importantly feel and reminisce. Thank you for taking your craft seriously and sharing your God given talent. Can't wait for your next performance or publication.
- PETER R., Bridgeport, CT
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"What a wonderful experience that was for Al and myself. I was enthralled with your performance. We hardly ever go to the theater but we saw what we have been missing." 
- SANDY and AL KUNTZ, Darien, CT
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"I wanted to thank you again for your GREAT performance at Shantigar. The scenes and lines from Lilia! keep running through my mind. I will tell the joke about the "diplomat" and the "lady" at a presentation I am doing in Syssex, NJ this Sunday. 
- JOHN ADAMS, Founder, Life Without Limits
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"The play and your performance were completely spellbinding from start to finish and the memories of that afternoon will haunt us for a very long time - it was so very moving." 
- MIRANDA DALE, Edinburgh, Scotland
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"I could have watched for two more hours, it went by so quickly. Some of the moments were so beautiful and subtle that I couldn’t help but well up. They were those perfect moments that you see in theater sometimes, where the audience is hit with something so powerful, so intensely human and so real. I sat there thinking, 'Wow, you’ve hit the nail on the head!'"  
- BRADY LEET, Seattle
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"I went to see Lilia! expecting it to be very good...but, I wasn't prepared to experience an evening that so greatly exceeded even my highest expectations - the greatness of your performance, the brilliance of the writing - your interpretation of the character, the perfection of the actress. Everything was flawless and polished! I am truly in awe of your brilliant talents. I've seen a lot of theater in New York, much of it very good. But last night in that little theater, an accomplished young actress brought the characters to life with such excitement. Lilia was truly there! I shared a part of her life. I didn't want it to end. Lilia may have received the nomination - and she was great, but Libby won the award last night." 
- GLENN STEFFKE, New York
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"My mother and I were absolutely astounded by Libby's show. What an amazing job she has done. I was speechless at the end of the show and that is really saying something! Libby took my breath away with her stunning performance." 
- COLLEEN KRAMER, Stamford, CT
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"Lilia! was marvelous. I came out of that performance a different person than when I went in."
- ANN, Arden Wood, San Francisco, CA
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"Libby has such breadth of expressiveness and captures the wisdom of the ages in her writing and characterization. I was so moved by Lilia!
- JUDY CARRINGTON, New York 
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"Lilia! was stunning. Libby Skala not only brought her grandmother to life, but revived my memories of the German refugees that I grew up with in the 1950s and 1960s. Until seeing that performance, I had forgotten what they were like in their youth; how their experiences formed their view of the world, and made them incredibly strong. I was only remembering them in their old age. But they had spines of steel. They led their lives with determination and elegance, and left their mark on their new country. Libby Skala captured the sounds, gestures and attitudes that brought these people back to me. I had tears running down my face from start to finish. Thank you for Lilia! I remember Lilia Skala from "Lilies of the Field" and from TV, and admired her work. The play told her story, and for me recalled the stories of many fabulous individuals."
- RENEE MANSHEIM, Norfolk, VA
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"I was simply amazed at the great performance Libby gave.  This was the highlight of all my theater going and I was delighted to be able to see it a second time." 
- MARCIA ROSS, New York
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"I have to thank you for your perfect performance. Loving, truthful. I thought afterwards, wondering why it stirred me so deeply. It's because the truth passes by us every moment and we don't see it. We're so caught in worries/memories/judgements, we're the walking blind, and whole universes pass before us until an artist, true to her calling, stops and points, draws, acts, blows on a flute, writes a line. Teaching to see. Stop. Look, love. The mystery is solved! Thank you!" 
- DIANE ALLISON, Brooklyn, NY
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"I brought a friend to your performance who was grieving the loss of her uncle. At the end of the show, her grief was gone. A few days later, we were sitting on the beach and out of the blue she blurted out: 'Lilia!' We both laughed."
- SHARON from St. Agnes Residence, New York, NY
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"You were incandescent, transcendent, inspired! I learned when I got home that my sister had almost died during emergency surgery for a very grave condition while I was watching you memorialize your grandmother. Lilia's steadfast reliance was with me and helped keep me strong. I have been enriched by your performance. It was the first to transport me and give something to me. Your accent was perfection, the characterization was so full - she was such an "actress". You did write her a part - probably her Best part ever! She might even be a teensy bit proud of your work - as well as her inspiration on it." 
- CATHERINE BYERS, New York
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"I had the good fortune to be at your performance at the Abington Theatre. I must tell you that it was a great performance, you wrote a wonderful play and were marvelous performing it. In your play your grandmother is very much alive, it was an exhilarating and moving experience. I don't know whether you had any misgivings about putting in the episode of the sweater, but it was exactly right.  Even admirable, wonderful grandmothers can do terrible things - and not even remember. Yet you lived through it, and you love her. Isn't that what life and love is all about?...I assume you have resolved the problem about marrying for love, but in case you haven't, let me assure you it is perfectly all right to do so.  Your grandmother asked youto write a play for her, and you did, and a very good play it is, with, I might add, a very good part for an actress." 
- ELISABETH DEROW-TURNAUER, M.D., New York
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"There is always so much going on inside me after an evening of seeing you in LILIA!  For some reason there is always a big impact that comes on. It has inspired me with new thoughts ever in the days following your show. Your show makes me want to work, work, work and study.  I believe the reason I feel so passionate is because in Lilia! you 'uncover' Truth – and this gives me hope and so, so much joy!" 
- KATHERINE BOYNTON, New York, NY
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"You are very courageous and very brave." - ULTRA VIOLET, Actress and Artist
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"Your extraordinarily brilliant performance is still on my mind every day and it inspired me during my performance this week!" 
- ANDREA REESE, Writer and Star of CIRQUE JACQUELINE
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"I saw your performance at the Mary Baker Eddy Library a few years ago and loved it. Seems rare to find any kind of art that is so uplifting and still so real." 
- STEPHEN LAPOINTE, Cambridge, MA
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"The performance was outstanding. You are headed to superstardom. It was humorous and wise, well staged, well lit, and beautifully acted. Lilia’s spirit enlivens Libby and I have to believe the opposite is true too." 
- S. GRAY, New York
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"Lilia! was absolutely fantastic last night. We were all struck dumb by it. I’m absolutely in awe. It was simply marvelous."   
– BARBARA SKALA, Lilia Skala's daughter-in-law
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"I found myself on an emotional roller coaster as you moved from one memory to the next. What a sensitive and beautiful actress you are. With such ease you grasped each level of Lilia's life...with great wit and humor you shared those unforgettable moments only a granddaughter and grandmother could share. I was very touched."   
– ANDREA ROSS, Storybook Productions, New York
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"Libby Skala has a rare gift for writing and for putting across a character. It was as though her grandmother was there that night on stage. It was a privilege to be included in the audience." 
– J. & D. HAWES, New York
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"The show was wonderful. I never cease to be amazed by your poise on stage. You possess Lilia's elegance and grace. I was very moved by the ending -- effective and chilling. I love when I get goosebumps during a play." 
– HANS HOFFMAN, New York
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"What a great show. It made me cry and it made me think (especially about my own family relationships and issues of control vs. ability to love). It was beautiful, funny, emotionally deep. You are such an artist!"  
- STEVE ESPINOLA, New York Singer, Musician and Songwriter
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"I've never seen a performance that moved me as much as Lilia!"  
- Theater Patron, Hutchinson, KS
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"Libby’s feat left me speechless – much too emotionally involved to stay afterward and talk..."
- PAT ALEXANDER, New Haven, CT
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"As I watched, I could feel the prayer that went into it."  
MEL SCHOENING, Kenmore, WA 
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"Your performance was EXCELLENT. We loved it. You've got a wonderful show. I would have been happy to sit there and watch 15 more little segments, it was so good." 
– NORA POLLACK, New York
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"I loved the show. You're very talented and comedic and dramatic." 
– GREGG GOLDSTON, New York
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"How beautifully you portrayed your grandmother’s life experience. What a wonderful expression of vitality and progressive thinking you shared with us all. Your grandmother’s patience and perseverance shone through your show. I’m so glad you are following in her footsteps." 
- PAT UDALL, Darien, CT  
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"Libby Skala’s amazing performance and the theater's unique atmosphere are perfectly united." 
– KATSUMI FUNAHASHI, Filmmaker, New York
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"You are a phenomenal actress in your own right. . . The scenes themselves are as delicious as ever." 
- KRISTINE NIVEN, Founder, Artistic New Directions
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"A wonderful performance! So rich in everything human and important!" 
- E. WILLIAMSON, Theater Patron, Hutchinson, KS 
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"I came to a performance of your show this week and wanted to say well done. I was moved and inspired. Not only did I enjoy your performance but the writing was incredibly sensitive." 
- JOSEPHINE ENRIGHT, Great Britain
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"What an awesome performance. We gave it four thumbs up." 
- PAUL and KAT LEBLANC, New York 
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"I loved your performance.  I cried a lot."
- S. MARCELYNAS, Seattle  
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"What an uplifting story!"  
- BILL SCOTT, Seattle
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"So much healing is expressed in your work. It was seamless and moving. The world needs to see more of what unselfed art is about and the only way that happens is when it is lived as you do so well. It is an excellent piece! Every word and gesture is alive with love and precision." 
- CANDICE SMITH, Lexington, KY
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"REMARKABLE! Can't begin to tell you how very much I enjoyed your performance - and more the point, seeing and hearing my good friend once again." 
- DAVID GRAHAM, Los Angeles, CA
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"You have filled my heart with gratitude for your recognition of the deep spiritual conviction of your grandmother, Lilia Skala, and most importantly for your pure desire to express it to others in a form that awakes and moved them to trust the power of Spirit as she did in every aspect of daily experience.  Thank you dear Libby for a moving and remarkable performance." 
- LOIS GAYLORD, Boston
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"Spectacular performance at the Darien Arts Center last evening! You are truly a talented actor and I wish you all the best. Bravo!!" 
- LORA CARR, Darien, CT
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"What a joy to spend an evening with you and your grandmother!  I laughed – I cried – I was awed by your ability to hold us (the audience) in the palm of your hand.  Thank you for sharing your special talents with us." 
- JILL BATES, Darien, CT 
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"It is a GREAT theatre piece!" 
- BETH JONES, Maryland
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"Libby’s performance was absolutely wonderful. I could have sat another hour without moving, the time flew by. We will keep our eyes open for more exciting theater from Libby in the future."  
- CAROL D. JONES, Greenwich, CT
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"Libby’s performance last night was poignant, powerful and sensitive." 
- JOAN MERRILL COLLINS, Darien, CT
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"Something about an artist trying to transmit her vision really reached me:  the reason I was so choked up . . .  Great character, great lines, a super ear for Lilia’s dialogue."  
- SCOTT C. DAVIS, Cune Press, Seattle
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"'Lilia' worth a look - Last weekend I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal of 'Lilia,' the one-woman show written and performed by Libby Skala, an accomplished New York actress.  It flew by and gave me shivers of joy throughout.  A very senior lady was with me and she stayed awake and enthralled every minute.  I wish everyone I know could see it and be touched by it as I was.  It's being presented at Interplayers this Sunday during a well-deserved and necessary fund-raiser.  'Lilia' deserves attention." 
- BARBARA STIMERS, printed in The Spokesman-Review 9/23/04
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"Your were wonderful. You performed beautifully. It was so great to see you transform and play this woman." 
– WENDY VANDENHEUVEL, New York
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"Perfect!!! A beautiful experience." 
- ELIZABETH POLK, Lilia Skala's sister, New York
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"An unbelievable evening of theatre! It was interesting how [Lilia’s] professional story interwove with the granddaughter grandmother relationship. The faith in God came through loud and clear. I came in touch with all the dimensions that formulated her character. I am still excited with a jumble of thoughts running through my head."  
– ADAM HOCHERMAN, New York
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"A Star is Born! You are amazing! Wow." 
– BECKY GARRISON, New York
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"[A] beautiful, amazing show.  I was touched and in awe of not only your performance, but with the way you shared your most personal memories with us. What a tribute to your grandmother!! Some relationships affect us so deeply!! I was emotionally connected to every moment. I left the theatre with many of my own memories of my grandmother and grandfather and all the people that are no longer here.   Thank you for that gracious show!!" 
– KELLY ROSS, New York
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"The best twelve bucks I've spent in a long time!"  
- DANIEL NORTON, New York
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"I loved your show last night and was so impressed by it.  It was a real theater piece.  And I was so inspired.  It’s really a great piece and you are a beautiful actress.  A great actress. I’m sure we’ve not seen the end of this piece." 
– MICHAEL HENRY, New York
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"The show captivated me - I wish [Lilia] could see that 'someday' is here! Brava!" 
- B. ANDREWS, Hutchinson, KS 
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"I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I would love to see it again. Incredibly satisfying."  
- D. CORNELL-DRURY, Seattle
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"Tremendous story and presentation." 
- SHARON LORKOWSKI, Seattle
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"I just LOVED [the] show and am hungry for more.  I'm a fan and addicted." 
- DIANE MATSON, Seattle
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"Outstanding." 
- VERTA DRIVER, Seattle
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"Absolutely an outstanding work!" 
- PETER CORNELL-DRURY, Seattle
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"What a treat!  Loved it!" 
- COLIN GILCHRIST, B.C.
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"I loved all of it!  [Libby Skala’s] skill is so impressive!" 
- LOUISE CARNACHAN, Seattle
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"A very strong show bringing to life a strong woman who it would have been uplifting to know." 
- S. WILSON, Hutchinson, KS 
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"An honest, insightful performance!" 
- K. DAVIS, Hutchinson, KS 
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"What a wonderful statement of Truth! A very inspiring evening." 
- L. ZWICK, Hutchinson, KS 
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"You spoke worlds of wisdom through your wonderful stories I clung to every word. Thank you." 
- S. NEVILLE, Hutchinson, KS 
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"Absolutely captivating! It is obvious watching Libby that there was a dear love relationship between her and her grandmother. It was touching to watch the love and adoration for Lilia shine through!"
- Theater Patron, Hutchinson, KS 
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"Thank you for sharing your Grandmother's story with us. Wonderful story, wonderful performance!" 
- B. NEVILLE, Hutchinson, KS 
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"Wow! I'm so very very impressed. You have completely inspired me. Thank you for such a beautiful performance." 
- B. WILLIAMSON, Hutchinson, KS 
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"Thank you for sharing such a personal glimpse into your relationship with your grandmother. It was very touching." 
- K. SCHROEDER, Hutchinson, KS 
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"Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us. -- Please come back!!" 
- G & H. HOLLINGSWORTH, Hutchinson, KS 
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"What a delightful evening. I relived a relationship with my Swedish grandmother. You have wonderful talents. Thanks for sharing with Hutchinson!" 
- L. REYNOLDS, Hutchinson, KS 
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"I was really touched by [the show]. . . A TRULY winning performance." 
– SAM MUKTEVI, New York
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"You have a gift for making words and sentences turn quickly into images that melt into our mind as they float around the room. You're the best example I've seen in a long time of the joy one feels while watching a 'Born Performer.'" 
- GREGG GOLDSTON, International Mime Artist
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​"I loved your performance of Lilia!. It was truly magnificent! When can I see your new play A Time to Dance?" 
- PATRICIA NEAL, 1963 Academy Award Winner (Hud)
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  "Bravo the playwright and Brava the actress. The magnificent character and the story could have been easily romanticized. I’m not religious, but thank God it wasn’t. It’s not easy – especially at this moment to write or dramatize God, light, gratitude, love, humanity itself. Because 'we' tend to gravitate to perversions, degradations and the anarchy of the human spirit, soul and mind. We’ve become children of conditioning, a culture of followers, and in doing so we’ve mugged our very identity.  
  "One of Lilia's greatest qualities was that she never allowed herself to become a victim. She had many reasons, but she never succumbed to them. Victimhood has become one of our greatest religions. That’s why this play is needed. And to be dramatized to the full extent of its potential, the actor can go as far as the play and the playwright allow us. And in this play one can go very, very far. Your play allows you to go as far as you want." 
- BRUNO RAGNACCI, New York
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"Move over Vanessa Redgrave! Brava!" 
- STEVEN SCHEUER, Author, Film Critic
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"I have seen both shows [Lilia! and A Time to Dance] and was entranced." 
- RICHARD MORSE, actor, teacher, mime artist, author of THEATRE: IT'S HEALING ROLE IN EDUCATION
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"What you're doing is very brave, very courageous. I've never seen anything like this show before."
- PACO PENA, Flamenco Guitarist
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"You have the rarest of abilities - to embrace an audience with your light, captivate their souls and enrich their lives." 
- RONALD RAND, Publisher of THE SOUL OF THE AMERICAN ACTOR
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"This is such a wonderful show! Go see it everyone, it's a real treat, completely captivating, it draws you in! A beautiful story with wonderful storytelling acted by a fantastic actress! Wish I could see it again...I'll recommend it to my London friends!"
- AIRLIE SCOTT, London, UK
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"Last night we saw an absolutely captivating piece of theatre. It was a one-woman show called Lilia in which performer/playwright Libby Skala regaled us with a portrait of her grandmother, Oscar-winning actress Lilia Skala. We were moved by all the life lessons that emerged with wit and specificity. We laughed an awful lot. But best of all was the lesson in acting, offered not just by Lilia, the character, but by Libby in her magnificently wrought depictions. Amazing how she could delineate people at various ages (from 3 to 97) with no costume or make-up changes. And instantly! The show's not a monologue. It's dialogue, rendered all by one person. Seek it out now." 
- NOEL KATZ, New York Composer and lyricist
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"Everyone who saw your performance of 'Lilia!' loved it. Your Quiet Time talk was so inspiring and gave the students courage and wonderful insights into what it takes to go on stage." 
– BENTE MORSE, Principia College, Elsah, IL​
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"A masterpiece!" 
– MATT YOSHIDA, Producer, Media Network Japan​
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"It's been a thrill to recall that memorable evening. I was:
  - riveted
  - enthralled
  - fully engaged
  - moved
  - didn't dare move, utter a laugh or sigh lest I miss something
  - could barely see as I sat in the back, but yet I could hear and feel everything
  - in awe of Libby's accent and how she conveyed Lilia's age and dignity and elegance
  - grateful that I was there to witness such a play
  - impressed that you had the courage and willingness to go forward with this
  - hopeful - about the arts
  - educated, first hand, and in a small way, about someone's experience during the Nazi period
  - thrilled that I could relate to live theatre! The past few things I've seen have been
  uninteresting to me, and so I've had little interest in pursuing attending plays
"And:
  - I loved authenticity of it all - I believed and felt each idea and emotion
  - such integrity and honesty in the story and its presentation
  - first class in all ways
  - no sets, no glitz, no props, nothing to distract the pure message
  - loved that Lilia had such high standards and had such confidence, strength, and chutzpah
  - I loved both characters
  - I could feel both the hearts and souls of Lilia and Libby and empathized with each of them
  - the timing was perfect - everything moved at the perfect pace
  - I loved the "pictures" you painted of Lilia
  - I didn't want it to end, but it ended perfectly and at just the right moment
  - I loved that I didn't want to speak afterward or chat lightly with anyone afterward; I wanted
  to fully absorb and reflect on the experience
 "I would LOVE to be in audience again. Thank you so much for the privilege of witnessing such a thing of beauty, integrity, quality, and substance." 
- CAROLYN C. COLLIE, Boston, MA
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