Reviews & Articles

Blair Underwood and Kristen Connolly in  Othello , directed by Barry Edelstein at The Old Globe; photo by Jim Cox

Blair Underwood and Kristen Connolly in Othello, directed by Barry Edelstein at The Old Globe; photo by Jim Cox

HENRY V, HARTFORD STAGE COMPANY 

“Smoke and fog add an air of mystery, and Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting is elusive and most effective.” 

The Westfield News

MADAME BUTTERFLY, LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY

“Here, lighting, designed by Stephen Strawbridge, played the main role, from dusk to dark to dawn, flowing from the famous humming chorus into the radiance of morning” 

KC Studio

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, OLD GLOBE THEATRE

“the technical elements are magical (especially Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting)”

Stage and Cinema

“the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre stage fairly drips with ripe foliage in the swoony lighting of Stephen Strawbridge, then brightens on cue for the languid days.”

San Diego Story

FLYIN’ WEST, WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE

“lighting by Stephen Strawbridge [adds] greatly to the show’s realism”

New Haven Review

THE WHITE CARD, AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE/ARTSEMERSON

“Scenic design Riccardo Hernandez and lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge combine their talents to make the room appear sterile and startlingly bright.”

Broadway World

“Stephen Strawbridge's lighting adds to this effect, illuminating both the action and the audience. Part of the visceral, communal experience of attending The White Card is watching those across from you watch the play.” 

TheaterMania 

NATIVE SON, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“Striking features of the show include Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting, a carefully calibrated mix of film noir, naturalism, and expressionism”

New Haven Review

TURN ME LOOSE, WESTSIDE THEATRE

“Stephen Strawbridge's imaginative lighting making it effective as a nightclub, college auditorium, TV studio and personal space.”

City Cabaret

“By keeping scenic accoutrements to a minimum, [set designer Christopher] Barreca ensures quick and easy scene changes, which are enhanced by Strawbridge's skillful lighting plot and Leon Rothenberg's arresting sound design.”

CurtainUp

PERICLES, THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE

“by and large, it falls to Stephen Strawbridge's lighting to set the mood and reshape the space, which it does, fluently."

Lighting & Sound America

BROKEN GLASS, WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE

"the lighting by Stephen Strawbridge [brings] the violence of Kristallnacht right into the Gellburgs’ bedroom." 

The New York Times

LOVE AND MONEY, SIGNATURE THEATRE

"Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting fills the room with plenty of natural light with subtle shadings for interior hallways that receive less light."

Examiner

DROWNED, ALISON CHASE PERFORMANCE/APOGEE ARTS

"the realm of metaphor, create vast hypnotic landscapes. Lighting by Stephen Strawbridge in this, as well as the third and fourth portion of the program, sculpt the performers well, while simultaneously communicating with the story."

Broadway World 

 

MARIE ANTOINETTE, SOHO REP

“The other star of the production is the lighting, by designer Stephen Strawbridge, who fills a sparse set with tons of nuance.”

Letters From the Mezzanine

PROOF, MCCARTER THEATRE

"Stephen Strawbridge, the lighting designer, artfully employs side lighting to give a sculptural quality to the actors."

The New York Times

DOUBLE INDEMNITY, OLD GLOBE

“Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting is masterful. Film noir lurks in the shadows. Like Dracula, it deplores sunlight. Stark camera angles make the familiar strange. The overall look resembles a photographic negative, as if viewers have arrived at the Dark Side of the Force, or, as film after film insists, to a place that has been there since Eve bit the apple. Strawbridge lights some interior scenes too brightly — the hospital, for example. This may be deliberate, to heighten the doom-shrouded, Satanic mills atmosphere elsewhere. He reverses normal contrasts, making the dark dominant, and uses the famous striped “Venetian blind” effect in the Wilder movie.” 

San Diego Reader

THE DINING ROOM, WESTPORT PLAYHOUSE

“Stephen Strawbridge's lighting complements the appropriate time of day, with bright dawns for early breakfasts through the rich oranges of a disappearing afternoon and to the grace of a room punctured by candlelight.”

Examiner

HAMLET, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“Stephen Strawbridge’s sublime lighting design”

New Haven Register

“Stephen Strawbridge's skillful lighting”

Hartford Courant

“Stephen Strawbridge's earnest and threatening lighting”

Examiner

“Stephen Strawbridge's dramatic lighting”

WMNR Instant Encore

JANUARY JOINER, LONG WHARF THEATRE

“and Stephen Strawbridge's lighting seamlessly complement the action.”

New Haven Register

Madame Butterfly , directed by Ron Daniels at San Francisco Opera; photo by Kenneth Jay Friedman

Madame Butterfly, directed by Ron Daniels at San Francisco Opera; photo by Kenneth Jay Friedman

MADAME BUTTERFLY, LA OPERA

“One should also mention the strong work of lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge, who turned every scene in the Japanese house on the hill into a painting.”

The Orange County Register

“lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge illumines the lovers’ marital bed with the constellations in a dazzlingly romantic expression of their passion.”

L and L Magazine

THE TRAIN DRIVER, SIGNATURE THEATRE

“Scorched by Stephen Strawbridge's merciless lighting”

Variety

“blasted landscape of refuse-strewn sand, illuminated by Stephen Strawbridge with sensitivity to the daily mutations of natural light”

Backstage

 

“Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting makes one feel the passage of days within the play’s short running time”

Let’s Talk Off Broadway

 

“there's also sterling work from Stephen Strawbridge, whose lighting constantly reshapes the space as it delineates various times of day”

Lighting and Sound America

STRANGE INTERLUDE, SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, DC

“...allows Stephen Strawbridge's lighting design to set the emotional tone”

Talkin’ Broadway

“Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting is subtle, yet unique. With every locale the walls of the set change color.”

MD Theatre Guide

THE BLOOD KNOT, SIGNATURE THEATRE

“as Stephen Strawbridge's lighting, which was previously quite muted, takes on a harsher, all-seeing glare.”

Lighting and Sound America

“meticulously lit by Stephen Strawbridge”

Bloomberg

 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, LONG WHARF THEATRE

“Strawbridge's lighting is fluid and effective.”

CurtainUp

KRAPPS LAST TAPE, LONG WHARF THEATRE

“Stephen Strawbridge's lighting design befits Beckett's purposes, with a bright overhead lamp illuminating the table (as commented upon by the Krapp of 30 years ago) and its increasingly dark and portentious surroundings. Dennehy's Krapp acknowledges his frequent presence--and perhaps comfort--in the darkness of life in a clever way, by losing himself in the dark and extending his banana and his boot into the contrasting brightness.”

Examiner

RIGOLETTO, DALLAS OPERA

“imaginative lighting by Stephen Strawbridge”

Examiner

BLACK TIE, PRIMARY STAGES

“Stephen Strawbridge’s too-bright lighting captures perfectly the lack of mood of the tourist class hotel.”

Theatre Scene

HAPPY DAYS, WESTPORT PLAYHOUSE

“Most effective are the rock formations: sandy colored boulders, that under Stephen Strawbridge's subtle lighting, take on almost face-like imagery. In the play's final moments, as Winnie closes her eyes, her head morphs into another rock atop the infinite pile. Inspired.”

Behind the Curtain

SHIPWRECKED, PRIMARY STAGES

“Stephen Strawbridge's extremely fluent lighting”

Lighting and Sound America

“and the lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge are equally instrumental in helping to clearly define the myriad characters”

TheaterMania

COMING HOME, LONG WHARF THEATRE

“Lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge complements and enhances the experience”

Broadway.TV

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“While the design provides for a climactic fire and the home’s final diminishment (assisted by Stephen Strawbridge’s lighting)…"

Variety

“nicely lighted to reveal her changing emotions by designer Stephen Strawbridge”

CurtainUp

DEATH OF A SALESMAN, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“...aided by Stephen Strawbridge's haunting lighting”

Variety

PASSION PLAY, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“the pine panels of the floor and walls are surmounted only by a strip of sky, aglow with Stephen Strawbridge’s masterly lighting.”

The New York Times

THE EVILDOERS, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“Riccardo Hernandez’s glass and steel set combines with Stephen Strawbridge’s stark lighting design to create a world that can flip instantly from cool sophistication to chilling nightmare.”

New Haven Independent

THE GLORIOUS ONES, LINCOLN CENTER THEATRE

“even as Stephen Strawbridge's lighting makes sure we don't miss any of the rousing ribaldry”

CurtainUp

 

“it is attractively lit by Stephen Strawbridge, especially when he's scattering golden Italian sunlight across the stage, or imitating the footlights of another era.”

Lighting and Sound America

A PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY, PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS

“Stephen Strawbridge's clarifying lighting”

CurtainUp

“Sher and lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge highlight these breakouts in a sharp yellow gleam, minimizing what could otherwise be a source of confusion.”

TheaterMania

BERNARDA ALBA, LINCOLN CENTER THEATRE

“...and Stephen Strawbridge's gorgeous lighting providing the perfect stark, solemn environment for the show”

The New York Theatre Experience

“Barecca's spare, eye-grabbing setting is lit with superb skill by Stephen Strawbridge; one moment the white upstage wall is an edifice of glaring white light; a moment later the stage is populated by shadows. Their work combines to suggest the savage heat of Andalusian sunlight and the stifling interiors of rural houses.”

Lighting and Sound America

“Stephen Strawbridge's sometimes blazing lighting”

TheaterMania

“Stephen Strawbridge's chiaroscuro lighting design”

TheaterMania

“the expressive, shadowy patterns of Stephen Strawbridge's lighting that command the most admiration and attention.”

Variety

“Stephen Strawbridge's harsh lights are crucial enough to become an eleventh character.”

Talkin’ Broadway

 

“Stephen Strawbridge does exceptional work with his lighting design.”

Broadway World

MADAME BUTTERFLY, SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

“Lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge adds to the production's beauty and drama. One particularly memorable scene involves the changing sky as Cio-Cio-San stays up all night awaiting Pinkerton, whose anchored ship is seen in profile.”

OperaGlass

DIRTY TRICKS, PUBLIC THEATRE

“It is lit with skill and sensitivity by Stephen Strawbridge.”

Lighting and Sound America

YOU NEVER CAN TELL, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“Stephen Strawbridge's crystalline lighting almost makes you smell the salt air and feel the breeze from the water.”

Hartford Courant

ORFEO ED EURYDICE, NEW YORK CITY OPERA

“The shadowy lighting by Stephen Strawbridge is effective: against a brightly lit screen, the dancers' bodies seem unearthly, radiant and eerily androgynous.”

The New York Times

AHAB’S WIFE, SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

“also owes much to Stephen Strawbridge's lighting”

The New York Times

 

AN UNCERTAIN HOUR, MARTHA CLARKE, SERIOUS FUN FESTIVAL

“...its acid-dawn lighting (by Stephen Strawbridge)”

New York Magazine

A PERFECT GANESH, MAHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

“...and the poetic lighting of Stephen Strawbridge.”

The New York Times

Stephen Strawbridge Reviews and Articles Democracy in America Yale Repertory Theatre

DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, YALE REPERTORY THEATRE

“the cast crisscrosses the stage in blazing light of Stephen Strawbridge”

Hartford Courant

BENS ADMONITION, PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE

“Stephen Strawbridge's darkish lighting creates a complete universe in which the drama unfolds.”

The New York Times

MONKEY AND THE BONE DEMON, PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE

“whimsical lighting by Stephen Strawbridge.”

Nevada Events and Reviews

WARM HEART, PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE

 “Stephen Strawbridge's lighting shifted in intensity according to the characters' shifting passions.” 

The New York Times

THE BRASS RING, PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE/2002 CULTURAL OLYMPIAD

“The atmospheric lighting was by Stephen Strawbridge”

The New York Times