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acting

“Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made. ”
― George Burns

I went to Northwestern for undergrad and to the Shakespeare Theater's Academy for Classical Acting for grad school.  I wound up with a wonderfully diverse portfolio.

 

I like to say that I excel as queens and clowns:)

Reviews and Awards

Reviews

Mrs. Drake - Film Short Directed by Caitlin FitzGerald for Noggin Sauce

This stunning and moving film has been making the rounds on the festival circuit. This was a remarkable cast, crew, director and producing team to work with. #honored

From The Huffington Post:

"My favorite among a great group of Colorado shorts is a very compelling Mrs. Drake, a psychological thriller that grabs you from the first frame. Rachel Fowler gives a raw and relatable performance as a mother whose love is tried by a high-maintenance son. Gabra Zackman brings a stillness to her portrayal of the trusted teacher who should not be trusted that will send shivers down every parent’s spine"

Sense and Sensibility - BEDLAM

What a ride this was! Just completed an absolutely thrilling run of this show which got rave reviews in every major paper and was a NY Times Critics Pick.  Was simply honored to be part!  One of the best quotes:

"Bedlam Theatre, an off-Broadway powerhouse, is a collective of actors of such finesse, such flexibility, such charm, such precision, as to just about redefine ensemble."

My other fave was from The New York Times, and mentioned me and a couple of others rounding out the cast with "unstinting verve" HAZZAH!

The Liar - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

 

"Gabra Zackman, the appealing jolie laide who plays his apparent inamorata, is a really superior comedienne who matches him laugh for laugh, and the rest of the cast stays neck and neck with their hijinks."

The Wall Street Journal

 

The Taming of the Shrew/Troilus and Cressida - HVSF

 

"The Taming of The Shrew is set in the swinging 60's and is graced- if that's the word- by the bra-burning, chainsaw-wielding Kate of Gabra Zackman, who is clearly having the time of her life and makes sure that you'll do the same."

  The Wall Street Journal

 

"Zackman delivers the song and the ensuing speech earnestly and beautifully, without a hint of irony and with the zeal of the converted.  She who hated with all her being, having tasted love, now loves with all her being." 

The Journal News

 

"From the moment that Gabra Zackman, playing Katherina in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's "Taming of the Shrew," sets her bra on fire, you know you're in for an evening of raucous fun at the hand of the Bard... Zackman's Katherina, the woman who refuses to be wooed, is wild, energized, with an acid tongue that not only spits out her diatribes, but physically lashes out, slicing the air reptilian style towards the play's dastardly men." 

The Putnam Examiner

 

"Zackman, taking full advantage of the stage direction "Enter Cassandra with her hair about her ears," delivered chills as the crazed prophetess spewed warnings of Troy's demise." 

Examiner

 

A Christmas Story - Pioneer Theatre Company

"Gabra Zackman gives Ralphie's mom an unerring sense of when to speak up and when to shut up to master every family disaster."  The Salt Lake Tribune

 

"Gabra Zackman was a hoot as Ralphie's mother!" 

In Utah This Week

 

"Gabra Zackman as the put upon Mother of the house is the best of the lot."  Salt Lake Magazine

 

Pericles/ Much Ado - HVSF

 

"The cast's energy and relish juggling these characters is contagious."  The New York Times

 

"Gabra Zackman is Thaisa, Simonides' daughter, who likewise mixes emotions, disguising her true feelings to all but the audience... Zackman also plays Bolt's mistress, Bawd, as a fast-talking, no- nonsense dame, like Rosalind Russell in "His Girl Friday." 

The Journal News

 

"It was lovely to see Zackman playing a wholly lovely lady - she impressed me so much as the evil queen in last year's "Cymbeline" that it took a few minutes for me to be sure she wasn't about to produce a vial of poison and try to dispatch our King in one fell swoop." 

Hudson Valley News

 

"Margaret is played by Gabra Zackman as a woman of the world who knows how to banter and play the game of sex." 

Times-Herald Record

 

 My Name is Asher Lev - Arden Theatre, Philadelphia

"Gabra Zackman, equally versatile and affecting, plays the mother, a gallery owner, and an artist model." 

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"...and Gabra Zackman, whose El Greco-like beauty seems perfect for the neurasthenic role of the mother." 

The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"Gabra Zackman plays Asher's conflicted mother, a hard-bitten gallery owner and an artist's model.  She's so good that she convinces us she is each of these vastly different women." 

Broad Street Review

 

Cymbeline/Twelfth Night - HVSF

 

"Gabra Zackman's purely evil queen - imagine Cruella de Vil turning from Dalmations to larger prey - is captivating.  She often holds her expression for a beat at the end of her lines, sweeping her sharp profile around the stage.  It is a wicked touch." 

The Journal News

 

"Zackman is captivating as Olivia.  As an actor, she puts herself out there.  Her transformation from an aristocrat in mourning to an infatuated woman eager to consummate her romance is fun to watch.  Her scenes with Hartke when she is trying to kiss her as Cesario are hilarious."

Scarsdale Inquirer

 

"Her scenes with the equally adept Gabra Zackman as Olivia are a scintillating mix of love, scorn and confusion." 

The Journal News

 

Measure For Pleasure - Florida Studio Theatre

"Gabra Zackman's Dame Stickle couldn't be more uptight and in need of a downfall."

Herald Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Story - Pioneer Theatre Company 

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, In This Week

 

Taming of the Shrew - Nebraska Shakespeare Festival  Best Performance by a Leading Actress, Nebraska Arts Council

 

Metamorphoses - Hartford Stage 

Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Ensemble

"The ensemble of 10 actors, acrobatic and agile, is seamless."  The New York Times

Awards

On Camera

This is a still shot of me as a reporter in the film LAW ABIDING CITIZEN directed by F. Gary Gray.

I was initially cast as an awesome role which was cut and did this one day shoot instead. Great fun! I have inserted a large arrow so you can find me:)

Law and Order SVU

Had a wonderful time doing this show! Initially a huge role, wound up as a smaller role.  Great time.  They say they may bring this lawyer back. I say, do it!

Law and Order

This is the second time I did Law and Order.  Loved it. You'll notice they always put me in the same blazer no matter what the show:) I think they hold it for me in wardrobe!

All My Children

This is kind of my claim to fame. It's like a game where someone says "If you were a character on a soap opera, what would you be?" Now I can authentically answer with: "I'd be a character called Barbie but officially named 'Crazy Inmate #1' and I'd shank one of the main characters with a homemade shiv." Brilliant.

Theater on Camera:
Twelfth Night for PBS

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. This was a wonderful experience! Julie Cohen put together a series about acting in Shakespeare and the world of the Festival. A beautiful summer, a beautiful time. So glad this one was put on tape!  Making a video of a theatrical production is notoriously tough, but this was done brilliantly. And was one of my favorite shows I've done over my nine years with HVSF.

Tomorrow in the Battle

Grant Humphreys Mansion, Denver