"Finds the essential bonds"

"Plum, an award-winning actress herself, knows the only way to make Harling’s Hallmark card lines work is to cast actresses who can inhabit this crowd of Southern belles and make them their own. 'Steel Magnolias’' is a cliche, but Plum and company find the essential bonds that connect these women."

-Terry Byrne

"Crams the piece with funny business"

"The Actors’ Shakespeare Project production of the play, staged at the Multicultural Arts Center through May 8, is a delight. Expertly acted, and fluidly directed by Paula Plum like a series of ballroom dances that occasionally burst into breakdancing, this centuries-old material becomes a bracing crowd-pleaser.

Plum and her actors cram the piece with funny business, finding moments to ham it up without detracting from the forward momentum."

-Jeremy D. Goodwin

"A guide who is in synch"

"Laufer’s comic fable ventures into some tricky tonal territory, requiring a guide who is in synch with the playwright’s intriguingly off-kilter sensibility. Director Paula Plum proves to be just that, skillfully helming a Gloucester Stage Company production of 'Out of Sterno' that delivers on the play’s farcical humor and its deeper resonance."

-Don Aucoin