"...the night's meatiest entrée, D.L. Siegel's 'Chosen,' [is] distinctive. The Jewish Dee (Leighton) brings home the African-American Will (Zay Turner) to meet her grandmother (Maureen M. Chobanoff) and disapproving parents (Zachary McLain and Heather Reynolds-Coonen).
What results is a cross between 'Fiddler on the Roof' and sketch comedy, as Siegel takes a sometimes disturbing, gimlet-eyed look at how our most cherished traditions can destroy us — while undermining the very values those traditions supposedly embody — unless we are willing to change them and grow ourselves." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
THE JOURNAL SENTINEL - Milwaukee, WI - June 2014
Review of "CHOSEN"
"A second writer boasting two selections is D.L. Siegel of New York. Her background includes a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's degree from The New School, and her plays have been produced across the country. Her plays coming to this year's festival, 'I Know What I Saw' and 'But Where Would They Live?,' will be directed by Vanessa Campagna and were submitted, but not selected, in the past.
'We loved them so much that we asked her to resubmit,' Rollie said. 'They made the cut this year.'"
"I KNOW WHAT I SAW/BUT WHERE WOULD THEY LIVE"
COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE - Columbia, MO - March 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT - Colorado Springs, CO - April 2014
Review of "I KNOW WHAT I SAW"
"...packing a punch is D.L. Siegel’s 'I Know What I Saw.' Siegel is another New York City native, and her play illustrates her deep familiarity with that locale. A man takes his own life by hurling himself before a speeding subway train, and his nearby grandson (Omid Dastan Harrison) charges a young bystander (Emily Boresow) with insufficiency in her attempt to save the man’s life. The two never confront each other, what we see are two interwoven and soul-searching confessions instead. This leads to a memorable tracking by Siegel of the causes for the man’s choice of action, which seem, given his circumstances, justifiable..." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
NYTHEATRE.COM - New York, NY - August 2007
Review of "200 MYSTICAL FICTIONS"
"Debra L. Siegel has written a complex, emotional drama about what it is to lose a loved one and what it takes to engage in life again....Siegel seems to understand the journey of loss, mourning, and the return trip back to living a full life....The journey is interestingly circuitous...'200 Mystical Fictions' is a brave, complex play about an event that is still raw, and has us, as a population, seeking normalcy on both large and small scales. Siegel's play is an honest testament to a difficult journey...." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
"200 MYSTICAL FICTIONS"
"...Though it deals with serious subject matter, Director Pestronk describes the work as more of a 'dramedy' then pure drama. 'There are a lot of semi-comedic, bordering-on-ridiculous moments,' she said....Siegel, 24, graduated with a B.A. in English and Theater from Princeton in 2005. Unlike Brooke, Siegel has been to the real Japan, and after a year-long stint there in 2006, she returned to the United States determined to see '200 Mystical Fictions' - the play she had written for her senior thesis - produced. In October 2006, she returned to Staten Island, held a series of readings, and began to recruit people for the project. In January 2007, she sent in an application for her work to be considered for the festival.'Entering the Fringe Festival was something of a whim,' said Siegel. But the whim worked out, and she was informed in May that she would have the opportunity to put it on."