Music PRESS

Stacey should prove an entertaining solo act, having taken pointers while sharing the stage with the likes of Trace Adkins and LeAnn Rimes. If nothing else, Cunningham and Stewart are excited for her set. “Alaina Stacey is 17 years old and blows people away,” Cunningham said. “I would come just for Alaina, definitely,” Stewart said.
— Jake Krzeczowski (Chicago Sun-Times, Music)
The appeal of Maybe April is multifaceted: The lustrous harmonies of the voices; the appealing mix of their personalities; and their winningly under-amplified sound which lends their performance an almost acoustic quality. Those songs are a mix of country/folk-Americana/indie sounds and feature sophisticated lyrics that suggest the glowing beauty of this trio of feminine souls hides a certain amount of heartbreak and worldliness, though not the loss of a romantic spirit.
— Hedy Weiss (Chicago Sun-Times)

Theater Press

...Read is especially sure-footed when it comes to the furiously angry Rachel (the excellent Stacey is herself still at Whitney Young High School), a character who quickly figures out that officially sanctioned mourning can actually be an attractive state for teenagers as it offers drama, attention for the bereaved, excuses for missing class and general emotional bathos, for which Stacey’s wholly credible character has no time whatsoever...
— Chicago Tribune

Far more upended is Dane’s nerdy sister, Rachel (Alaina Stacey, a Whitney Young High School senior making a knockout professional debut.)
Youthful actors are a constant feature of Chicago theater, but I don’t recall a year with so many excellent performances by school-age actors...from the powerful Alaina Stacey in “The Dream of the Burning Boy” at Profiles Theatre...