“You Mostly Watch Ruth, as played with great force and determination by Heffernan, a well established young actress”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune review of The Snare
"Under the sensitive direction of Anna D. Shapiro, the actors are all excellent: Caroline Heffernan as the 12-year-old Mary Page..."
Charles Isherwood, New York Times review of Mary Page Marlowe
“Caroline Heffernan... was nothing short of luminous”
Lawrence B. Johnson, Chicago on the Aisle Review of The Last Wife
“Caroline Heffernan captures the angst of an intelligent and driven young girl starting to question what motivates her decision making”
Brent Ervin-Eickhoff, Post this Picture
"Caroline Heffernan, whose performance is an unmitigated star turn by a young actress of staggering sophistication and skill. A beautiful, preternaturally insightful girl of 12, Frannie has for far too long been shuttled between her abusive birth mother, and the woman who wants to adopt her."
Hedy Weiss, Chicago SunTimes review of Good For Otto
"The troubles of Frannie, played by the wonderful young actor Caroline Heffernan, are a primary focus."
Charles Isherwood, New York Times review of Good For Otto
"A heartbreaking Caroline Heffernan"
Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review of Mary Page Marlowe
"'I think you were going to say something about the actors affecting your rewriting.'
'Right. It happened throughout, as I learned about these actors. In one key case—seeing the competence of the young woman playing Franny set me free to send her into the dark territory I knew we needed.'"
American Theatre Magazine Interview with Playwright David Rabe about Good for Otto
"In most reviews of this show, the girl in the title role is declared to be a discovery. Heffernan, whose performance as Scout in the superb Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" was among the best work I've ever seen from a kid, is already well-established. But who knew she could sing like this? Here, she brings the same spunk, charm, vulnerability and everyday-gal quality to another great role. She knocks it out of the park".
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune review of Annie
“The lovely Caroline Heffernan”
Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago Review of The Last Wife
"And then there were a slew of actors still in their teens (most notably Caroline Heffernan in 'Good for Otto' and Nicholas Dantes in 'Billy Elliot'), who turned in uncannily brilliant performances in roles that required them to dominate the stage”
Hedy Weiss, The Year in Review, the Best Theatre of 2015
"...young Caroline Heffernan as Frannie….the mental breaks, terror, insecurity, and honest desperation displayed by Heffernan is enough to cause anyone to ache to help her."
Jerald Raymond Pierce, Chicago Stage Standard review of Good For Otto
“So many times teenage girls are depicted as caricatures…..fixated on clothing and texting…Ruth (Caroline Heffernan) is a real person.
Lauren Whalen, New City Stage Review of The Snare
"The astonishing Caroline Heffernan stars as Annie...And Heffernan (whose softly red hair is silky and straight, rather than the usual comic book curly mop) is a natural leader. With her seductive voice, precise diction, easeful and sophisticated acting, fine gymnastic skills and terrific relationship with her larger-than-usual dog, Sandy, she is the most engaging of stars".
Heidy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times review of Annie
"The two youngest actors, however, are both a revelation. Both Sergelen and Heffernan are warm, smart and self-possessed"
Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Review of The Last Wife
A "Mockingbird" is dead without a great kid as Scout and Heffernan's fantastic performance does, among so much else, the one thing it must do at all costs: It shows us a great American girl who is being well prepared to improve her country.
Chicago Tribune review of To Kill A Mockingbird
Heffernan, it should be noted, easily steals the show with her perfect Southern accent, mischievous inflections, innate sense of comedy and total naturalness.
Heidy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times review of To Kill A Mockingbird
A good Scout is as important to this racial tug of war as a good Atticus, maybe even more so. Caroline Heffernan as the young Scout alone is worth the price of admission.
Carole Kuhrt Brewer, ChicagoNow review of To Kill A Mockingbird
Caroline Heffernan is adorable as Young Kim.
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune of Showboat
...the acting is top tier. Little Heffernan is a darling young actress. It's hard to keep your eyes off of her.
Keith Ecker, Chicago Theater Blog of Wonders Never Cease