...for the play’s pivotal scene, Pheonix Vaughn lends a warm demeanor, a beautiful smile and an easily authoritative quality to the empathetic Star.The rapport that Ms. Vaughn and Ms. Eikenberry establish during their intimate moments gives sweetness and authenticity...
the charming and vivacious masseuse, Star (Phoenix Vaughn) introduces Maddie to stimulating healing techniques...Vaughn is ideal in her role as she explains her massage practice with a positive and somewhat witty attitude.
...when Vaughn did an actual scene from Holliday’s breakthrough play “Born Yesterday,” she uncannily mimicked the actress’ stage voice. The play demanded that we got the public and private Judy Holliday — and Vaughn delivered both marvelously.
…very powerful due to an excellent cast led by Pheonix Vaughn who resembles Scarlett Johansson but has a much more expressive face. She exudes a seductive innocence that’s very powerful and perfect for her role as a woman who’s world is suddenly expanded, forcing her to choose between upholding the status quo or embracing her newfound but socially unacceptable desires.
May (a winning Pheonix Vaughn) has ventured beyond Brooklyn, beyond herself, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where a painting, Vermeer’s “Housewives of Mannheim,” fills her with a curious excitement
In fact, Pheonix (yes, that’s how it’s spelled: Pheonix) Vaughn can do substantially more than just be beautiful. She turns in a stunning performance. No matter how much Brody’s character vacillates, Vaughn beautifully maneuvers each twist and turn. Watch as she dares to feel good about herself, and then almost immediately feels bad for feeling good. Vaughn must also get through such tricky lines as, “I can’t go around thinking all the time” and “I’m just a housewife.” Delivered by a lesser actress, they could come across as trite and laughable. Not here. Only the hardest-hearted theatergoer won’t be moved when Vaughn says them.
The alluring May, played with a luminous ingenuousness by Phoenix Vaughn
The performances are keenly drawn…especially Vaughn, who stepped into the role of May at a week’s notice. She balances a deeply ingrained sense of decency, dangerous naivete and the concerns of a protective, caring parent
…immediately enchanted upon discovering Psyche, played with charm and spunk by the lovely Pheonix Vaughn.
Pheonix Vaughn has the blond beauty and captivating charm of the traditional ingenue. Reid and Vaughn have pretty voices that do justice to Kim’s excellent, post-modern show music.