"Though staged in the intimate Chicago Dramatists space, Elyse Balogh’s handsome nautical set, Josh Wroblewski’s moody lighting, Sarah Putts’ stormy sound and Melissa Perkins’ superb character-defining costumes give the production — a tale of transformation and survival — the epic quality it deserves.." -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"The costuming by Melissa Perkins is a well-done mix of actual vintage and modern retro, counting on smart touches like hats, hairpieces, and jewelry to give outfits that Art Deco air. The men (and Edith) rock immaculate tuxes with very little change, other than a jacket here and a shirt there, while the ladies change gowns for almost every scene—quite an undertaking, but Perkins and her assistant costume designer Dara Affholter pull it off with panache." -Jessica Fritsche, Theater Jones
"Costume designer Melissa Perkins . . . answer their commitment with costumes as fun and flighty as they are" - David Novinski, Theater Jones
"Cast members only leave the stage to change from one elegant Melissa Perkins costume to the next" - Lindsey Wilson, DMagazine
Melissa Perkins is a costume designer based in Chicago, IL. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Costume Design from the School of Drama where she received training designing and stitching for plays, musicals, opera, ballet and modern dance. After graduation she has worked in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Dallas before permanently moving to Chicago. Melissa is very passionate about contributing to art that diversifies and challenges traditional theatre with inclusion and equality through race, gender, (dis)ability, sexuality, and class.