Lucky Stiff - Bill Garry - Discover Hollywood
"Claire Adams, as Annabel Glick, a mysterious rival for both the inheritance and Harry's heart, matches Harry beat-for-beat as they insult, and develop feelings for, each other. Her acting and vocal talents shined, especially during her solo ballads."
Lucky Stiff - Ellen Dostal - Broadway World
"The winsome Adams gets the best love song of the show, 'Times Like These,' underplayed to perfection and a definite highlight."
Lucky Stiff - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA
"Adams’ cute-and-feisty Annabel is precisely the archenemy a dog-hater like Harry is sure to fall head-over-heels for. Together, Parrish and Adams duet arguably the loveliest boy-hates-girl love song ('Nice') ever written, Adams gets to solo the drop-dead-gorgeous 'Times Like These' (that has her proclaiming with utter sincerity, 'In times like these, a girl could use a dog'), and both have the vocal chops to make each a subtle showstopper."
Hairspray - Mark Evanier - News From Me
"I think the actress who most impressed me was Claire Adams, who plays the vapid, clumsy Penny Pingleton. I once heard an acting teacher say that the measure of an actor was whether he/she is properly in character when they aren't speaking and don't have the main attention in the scene. Do they still stand and hold their characters, reacting properly when they're in the background or off to one side? The teacher suggested watching Gene Wilder in any of his films and noting what he's doing when you might not normslly be looking at him. That's when you appreciate what a fine actor he is (or now sadly, was).
So there's this lady named Claire Adams playing Penny and Penny is goofy and funny and awkward every time the script gives her something goofy and funny and awkward to say or do. Fine. But I kept noticing Ms. Adams somehow being goofy and funny and awkward every second she was on stage, even when all eyes but mine were on some other fine performer belting out a tune…and I found myself laughing at Penny's body language. Or at her expressions which perfectly supported the scene…she looks so uber-drab that I couldn't see the slightest trace of potential in her Penny and I actually thought, "Gee, I wonder how they're going to make her look good at the end." Well, of course, all Ms. Adams had to do was take off the wig and glasses and probably just be herself. Boy, she's a good actress."
Hairspray - George Brietigam - Broadway World
"Adams' interpretation of the awkward Penny Pingleton bore a striking resemblance to the character Penelope Taynt, Amanda Bynes' number one fan and crazy stalker, from THE AMANDA SHOW back in the 90s. Adams was able to embrace the utter weirdness of her character very believably."
Assassins - Cary Ginell - VC On Stage
"The fun of Assassins comes in the interaction among the characters. The extended scene with Adams and Cardia is like a Saturday Night Live sketch, and both actresses handle it with superb skill and comic timing."
Assassins - Don Grigware - Broadway World
"Adams is just sensational as "Squeaky Fromme", the hippie teen who fell in love with Charles Manson. She is totally uninhibited in her portrayal of the hypnotized, victimized girl. Her scene with Janna Cardia as Sara Jane Moore - both characters tried to kill Gerald Ford, - is hilarious."
Merrily We Roll Along - Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
"The radiant Adams follows a pair of hilarious character cameos in Little Shop Of Horrors and tick, tick… BOOM! with her first MTR lead, and a stellar one it is, Adams taking Mary from overweight drunk to slender, starry-eyed innocent, with bonus points for her richly sung 'Like It Was.'"