Critical Commentary

On a screening of the 3 documentaries, Letters from Cairo, Dreaming in Morocco, and Desert in the Coffeehouse (Chicago):
“The short documentaries are the fruit of Nice’ s several sojourns to the Middle East. They record the reactions of Egyptians to an American invasion and the aspirations of several Moroccan teenagers. Then, in a cringe-inducing coda, Nice turns the camera back on the United States.
Her second film [
Dreaming in Morocco] is . . . altogether rougher on the heartstrings. In a stunning contrast, she recounts the desperation of an unemployed youth detained for illegally immigrating to Spain and an uplifting account of optimistic students craving PhDs from the West.
The footage she produces—young people talking about Islam as a religion of peace—is shown in opposition to the words of a suit we see later in a Minnesotan coffee shop [
Desert in the Coffeehouse], who calls the entire region “backward and inhumane.”
--Christopher Riehle, Chicago Weekly (University of Chicago) Nov. 30, 2011



On the film directing and script for Sadja, staged by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre:
“…a cheeky movie [opens the work] in which a banal TV interviewer (Peter Moore at his unctuous best) interviews her, or at least someone who thinks she’s Frieda Kahlo (Di Palma). It’s a wry bit of filmmaking (by Pamela Nice) that sets out all the possibilities of self-parody inherent in such a piece. Then it undercuts them by happily chatting about suffering and pain and the joy of death creating a flamboyant caricature….”
--Mike Steele, Star Tribune



On Direction for Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman (Theatre Lagniappe):

“Lagniappe, one of the most promising new companies in town, has assembled an exceptionally fine cast of seasoned local actors for its initial production . . . . ‘Death and the Maiden’ is emotionally wrenching, psychologically complex, crackling good theatre. The subject may be torture, but the result is sublime.” --Tad Simons, Twin Cities Reader

“In telescoping systematic brutality down to a trio of individuals, this play—brought to life in a gripping production by Lagniappe—is one of the most stirring, profound pieces of theatre you’ll see this year.”—Carolyn Petrie, City Pages

As You Like It, by William Shakespeare (Theatre in the Round):

“Director Pamela Nice has set the tale about love’s itchings in the oh-so-American ‘80’s—and, with hardly a blink, it works. Both purists and those who panic at the hint of Culture can find much to enjoy in her spunky, ebulliently physical, high-spirited reading, which takes a poke at today’s yuppie culture and its narcissistic preoccupations but doesn’t harp or depend on this transposition for its charm.”—Carla Waldemar, Twin Cities Reader

Good, by C.P. Taylor (Theatre in the Round):

“TRP’s production, under Pamela Nice’s strong direction, finds the play’s humor and power. Nice lets it unfold in a slow crescendo that heightens the final impact of Halder’s seduction and asks audiences to examine themselves and ask, ‘What would I have done?’”—Peter Vaughan, Star Tribune

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare Company):

“Nice gets all the humor she can from the play, but she never allows it to deteriorate into a mere laugh machine. There’s a foundation of seriousness underneath all that humor . . . . "-- Robert Collins, St. Paul Pioneer Press