​"Magnusson displays talent and poise, suggesting that a bright acting career is in her future."
---Elias Stimac, Backstage

"Bruce Merrill directs a talented cast, led by Justine Magnusson as Clara..."
---Laura Graeber, 

The New York Times

"As the lovers, Mr. Drew and the big-voiced Ms. Magnusson have chemistry and charm."

-- Laura Collins-Hughes,

The New York Times

"The standout songs include...Rosaline's final number, in which Magnusson beautifully

belts out her feelings for Paris."

--Tami Shaloum, Stagebuddy


"Magnusson packs a powerful voice in a deceptively small package. Her Roz is endearing..."

Deirdre Donovan, CurtainUp

"The excellent second-act power ballad, "Because I Want To", sung with body-shaking conviction by Justine Magnusson as a runaway who was repeatedly raped by her father, could serve as the show's anthem. It's both a defiant vow of personal liberation and a youthful

cri de coeur." 

-- Steven Winn,

San Francicsco Chronicle


​"Justine Magnusson as Swallow is a formidable actress with a rich, resonating voice. When she and Kunze team for "Nature of the Beast", near the finale, it's a pin-drop moment."
---Tom Panzenhagen​, Detroit Free Press



By Josh Troy 

"...the scenes from Summer and Smoke...were a big hit. One actor who really stood out was a young woman named Justine Magnusson."

"Kunze as The Man and Magnusson as the teenage Swallow carry the show...Magnusson has the sweet purity of tone the singing role requires, and she radiates innocence...she is a talented young woman...the sincerity of the performances by Kunze and Magnusson produce some poignant moments."
---Paula Citron, The Globe & Mail