"The cast is sharp down to the various small parts, with some generous writing for particular talents. There’s an especially fine scene in which Rivera’s 10-years-sober Moe reunites with Lisa (Anna Ishida, the lead in Mendoza’s supernatural objet d’art “I Am a Ghost”), who’s still stuck being “one of the boys” in a nonstop party scene she’s resigned to never leave."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety
I Am a Ghost
SFBG Goldie Award Winner: Theater
"A chameleon-like quality and versatile vocals that make her so compelling to watch on stage."
"No matter what the role, Ishida appears
born to it...Ishida never lets her focus flag, and her signature watchfulness gives her characters a feral, almost predatory depth."
Best Actress Awards for I Am a Ghost:
2013 Barcelona Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei
2012 Tucson Terrorfest: Best Actress for the film I Am A Ghost
2012 MIX Mexico: Best Actress for the film I Am A Ghost
"A TOUR-DE-FORCE PERFORMANCE"
"I Am a Ghost absolutely hinges on the performance of Anna Ishida. Mendoza made the best casting decision of his career. She's...delivered a rollercoaster portrayal of the vulnerable, traumatized Emily...with masterful nuance and timing. Her subtlety raises the level of the film from merely intelligent and pretty, to that of a mesmerizing and thought-provoking piece."
"Anna Ishida, an actress whose prodigious talent and emotional capacity carry the film forward and enable Mendoza's whole enterprise.."
- Jonathan Newman, Philadelphia Examiner
The Importance of Being Earnest
Water by the Spoonful
"...the finest performers in Josh Costello’s cast — Anna Ishida and Patrick Kelly Jones as lovers Gwendolen and Algernon; Sharon Lockwood the imperious Lady Bracknell — add still further pleasure to the avalanche of wit. They make it sing...They distend syllables. They ride the waves of diphthongs. They scale octaves in a breath and then find a comedic thump of a note to land on. It’s pitch as punch line. This is what training and craft and mastery look like, and it feels like a luxury to see them on clear and lavish display in a world so often skeptical of expertise."
- Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
"Anna Ishida is a delightfully refined and self-assured Gwendolen..."
-Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News
"TheatreWorks has put together an exceptionally strong ensemble with powerful performances coming from the always impressive Anna Ishida..."
- George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape
"Gifted comic Ishida and the marvelous Haney team up in the most delightful duo of the play, giving us memorable, unassuming humor and sentiment without pathos."
- Jeanie K. Smith, Palo Alto Weekly
It Can't Happen Here
"...Anna Ishida gives a splendid performance as the serious-minded daughter Mary."
- Richard Connema Talkin', Broadway
"This well-produced gloom features a marvelous and quite active ensemble that also includes some standout work by...Anna Ishida as a grieving widow and fierce rebel."
- Chad Jones, Idiolect