"Natalia Payne is excellent"
— Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times
"Natalia Payne’s Gerte looks every bit the crisp hausfrau, but she pines to connect with her new family and is alternately funny and poignant in her attempts to do so."
— Elysa Gardner, The New York Sun
"It's hard to take one's eyes off Payne's Gerte"
-- Marc Miller, Off Off Online
"Little is said about Gerte’s backstory, but Payne’s haunted expression and steely determination tells us all we need to know."
— Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
Crumbs from the Table of Joy - Keen Company, Dir. Colette Robert (photo: Julieta Cervantes)
"As for the ensemble — which also includes Hannah Cabell, Natalia Payne, Jed Resnick and Luke Robertson — it does exactly what the play requires of it, which is saying something. The women, especially, inhabit their artificially constructed roles with an in-the-moment immediacy, only marginally rimmed with unease."
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times (Critic's Pick)
2019 Pulitzer Prize winning production of Fairview - Soho Rep/Berkeley Rep, Dir. Sarah Benson, with Charles Browning and Chantal Jean-Pierre (photo: Kevin Berne)
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"Natalia Payne is stellar as Marthe De Brancovis, the count’s disaffected wife, delivering a fabulous cocktail of expressions — one minute haunted, the next defiant — as we discover the true nature of her relationship with the count and her heart’s desires. She is also one of the only actors here who delivers her Hellman with convincing cadence."
— Kate Wingfield, DC MetroWeekly
Watch on the Rhine - Arena Stage, Dir. Jackie Maxwell (photo: C. Stanley)
"Natalia Payne is delightful as Sergei’s girlfriend, Galina, an all-nonsense sometime actress."
— Alexis Soloski, The New Yorker
"Mickiewicz and Payne, who originated their roles at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre last year and get most of the best comic exchanges, give ace performances"
— Raven Snook, Time Out NY
The Last Match - The Old Globe/Roundabout Theatre Company,
Dir. GT Upchurch (photo: Jim Cox)
"Natalia Payne, a winsome Canadian actress making her D.C. stage debut, imbues Elle with a plucky optimism. She’s never more delightful to watch than in a pair of scenes set in a recording booth. The sequence of emotion that plays across her face as she tries to comply with an unseen engineer’s direction to make her nature-documentary voiceover sound smuttier is one of the show’s few moments of pleasure that doesn’t immediately point to something darker."
— Chris Klimek, Washington City Paper
"Ms. Payne is an absolute joy to watch on stage as the egotistical underachieving actress with the changeable voice that could get any voice-over technician hot and bothered."
— Robert Michael Oliver, MD Theatre Guide
Helen Hayes Award nominated performance
Dirt - Studio Theatre, Dir. David Muse (photo: Scott Suchman)
"Natalia Payne's goth-melancholy Masha (the middle sister) embodies the most intense story of fractured love…Its fierce beauty suffuses every moment and reaches for immortality in the riveting locked eyes of Payne and McKenzie when circumstances tear them apart."
— Robert Hurwitt, SFGate
Three Sisters - Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep, Dir. Les Waters, with Bruce McKenzie (photo: Joan Marcus)
"Ms. Payne, the most persuasive performer in the cast, does some marvelous acting here, pacing herself nicely as anxiety evolves into excitement and then back again."
— Jason Zinoman, The New York Times
"But the night belongs to Natalia Payne, recalling the graceful beauty of Carla Gugino and also her shrewd ability. Payne finds every last kernel of truth to Claire. It may not seem so at the time because of her consummate skill, but upon reflection, Payne’s creation is a marvelous one that sticks in the memory."
— Theater Online
Jailbait - Cherry Lane Theater, Dir. Suzanne Agins, with Kelly AuCoin (photo: Carol Rosegg)
"Natalia Payne is adorable as Nadia the clown."
— Anita Gates, The New York Times
"Nadia (the tremendous Natalia Payne) is the naive heroine...a wide-eyed wonder of a character who fled her homeland, Moldova, because the people there were too poor to be happy."
— Aaron Ricci, That Sounds Cool
Aliens with Extraordinary Skills - Women's Project Productions, Dir. Tea Alagic, (photo: Carol Rosegg)