Photo Credit: Ashley Brooke Miller

The Importance of Being Oscar – 2022

“[A] judicious, fast-paced and inventive production . . . Stodard’s costume design is its customary cornucopia of delights . . . first-rate sound design . . . contributes to the show’s success . . . [an] illuminating production “

An Oscar Winner: Thinking Cap Theatre’s Stylish Exploration of Oscar Wilde’s Life and Times by John Thomason, Boca Magazine

“It doesn’t matter what show they do, I’m more interested in what artistic director and company founder Nicole Stodard does with it. Stodard is an underrated force with endless vision and talent that she pours into every production. . . The Importance of Being Oscar is another feather in Stodard’s impressive Cap”

Thinking Cap Theatre’s Shiny New Oscar is a Triumph by Mary Damiano

“[I]ngeniously staged . . . The trio of actors, director and creative team embraces and elevates Wilde’s words of wit and wisdom as if playing glorious music.”

Oscar Wilde Rises Again in Thinking Cap Theatre’s Celebration by Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage

Photo Credit: Nicole Stodard

Happy Days – 2020

“Thinking Cap Theatre has ample reasons to feel proud. The production values, behind-the-scenes and on-stage, are first rate.”

‘Happy Days’ at Thinking Cap Theatre thanks to bravura production by Aaron Krause, Theatrical Musings

“Such is the Thinking Cap Theatre’s stunning production of Samuel Beckett’s “other” masterpiece Happy Days, offering an unmitigated triumph of a performance by Karen Stephens expertly molded by Nicole Stodard.”

Beckett’s Existential Happy Days Gifts Triumphant Performance by Bill Hirschman, Florida Theatre On Stage
Photo Credit: Nicole Stodard

Grounded – 2017

“Collaborating with Nicole Stodard, founder and producing artistic director of Fort Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre, Fridh delivers a mesmerizing, thought-provoking, heartbreaking performance. The production represents some of the best work to date from two of South Florida’s most passionate and talented theater artists.”

Niki Fridh soars as a combat pilot in ‘Grounded’ by Christine Dolen, Sun Sentinel
Photo Credit: Ashley Brooke Miller

Fefu and Her Friends – 2022

“Stodard’s appealing period costumes help to define each character. Stodard directs the production with just the right pace . . . comic and serious moments receive equal emphasis.”

Fefu & Her Friends by Aaron Krause, Berkshire Fine Arts

“[T]he thought-provoking iteration that marks TCT’s post-pandemic return to full-fledged productions proves that this is a play as excellent as it is experimental . . . Thinking Cap does a pretty great job of putting the difficult play together . . . Stodard also balances the playfulness of the women with the play’s moments of seriousness and intensity”

A Fragmented Feminist Whirlwind in Fefu and Her Friends by Ilana Jael, South Florida Theater Magazine

Photo Credit: Ian Dawson

The Face of Downtown Theatre 2020

“Under Stodard’s leadership, TCT has brought innovative, high-caliber, Off- and Off- Off-Broadway style theater to the downtown area for the past decade; you might call it “Off-Broward.”

Fort Lauderdale Illustrated
Photo Credit: Nicole Stodard

King Lear – 2018

“Nicole Stodard’s re-imagined “King Lear” modernized the 17th century text by setting it in a modern hospital, and presenting the title character’s mad ravings as the fraying tether of a diseased mind in the final stages of degenerative disease. This bold and heartbreaking masterstroke was far from the only innovation:”

TOP 10 South Florida Plays/Musicals of 2018 by John Thomason, Bocamag
Photo by David I Muir

Crooked – 2018

“Theatrical magic, intricate and never easy to pull off, can happen when a playwright’s rich text is interpreted by a director with deep insight and by actors who bring their characters to vibrant life.”

‘Crooked’ is straight up great at the Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale by Christine Dolen, Sun Sentinel