"Merchild" is quite well-acted at the 16th Street Theatre, with young Shaffer offering a formidably impressive performance in a role that asks a kid to go far beyond what most child actors ever are asked to do."
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"Peyton Shaffer, one of the most touching and talented young actors I've seen, plays smart and kind Adam, an 8-year-old son who is causing conflict within his family."
- Doug Deuchler, Oak Park.com
"...in her production, which features strong performances by all concerned and especially by the remarkable Peyton Shaffer as Adam."
- Kelly Kleinman, Dueling Critics.
"But Peyton Shaffer, as the child at the center of the story, steals the show with her remarkable performance."
- Jack Helbig (Chicago Reader) Five Stars
"This is Adam ( a sparkling portrayal by Peyton Shaffer)."
-Alan Bresloff , Around the Town Chicago