Maria Paz Alegre

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Reviews (23)
Theatre is Easy

"While the chaos is filled with necessary, it's the setting of the play that makes it transcend Yusuf's dream…But this rising action (not to mention Natour's show-stealing performance) is engaging enough without the extra storylines about a love triangle." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“In a role that seems impossibly tailored to her, Moloney lives and breathes Molly Bloom’s infamous agony and ardor...Moloney’s performance is, quite simply, a masterpiece...Director Simring also deserves praise, as well as lighting designer...and sound designer. With their masterful direction and design, Moloney’s performance never once feels like just another one-woman show, but a theatrical tour de force...A performance to match the history books.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“”Fabulation’ is a satire and social commentary on the concept of upward mobility by erasure of the past. As such, it veers from the farcical and absurd and into some deeply painful truths. Undine frequently breaks the fourth wall...Although this effect can feel jarring, it’s effective in portraying just how different Undine is from the person she once was...Although the circumstances of Undine’s life are tragic, Nottage allows Undine to aspire to something great." Full Review

The Great Leap
Chelsea
Theatre is Easy

"Although the topics of international diplomacy and competitive sports may seem like disparate themes, Yee’s fine writing and fiery wit allows the two subjects to intertwine effortlessly...Yee’s script is bolstered by the dynamic and seemingly effortless direction of Taibi Magar...It is BD Wong’s portrayal of Wen Chang that brings the play to its knees. His tender portrayal of a man who had survived both the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution feels stirring and soul-shattering." Full Review

A Room In India
Upper E Side
Theatre is Easy

"'A Room In India' may seem overly ambitious in its frenetic attempt to satirize so many societal crimes, but like Molière, Mnouchkine’s hysterical stage does not serve as a window to an absurd world, it serves as a mirror...Although 'A Room in India' provides a great history of French theatre in the form of social satire, it becomes hard to laugh when faced with such a devastating reality...This is a fascinating and intellectual production and should not be missed." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“The play has lost none of its relevance or bite…Parks’ distinctive wit and rhetoric soar spectacularly…Becoming emotionally invested in the characters is effortless, which is why their circumstances become particularly heart-wrenching as the play goes on...Benson’s direction is a perfect vehicle for Parks’ work, as she is able to bring out the most calculating and vulnerable moments of her actors...A harrowing yet compelling production.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Vega’s performance is a tour de force. As the only speaking character, Vega embodies Anne, her adopted parents, and all minor characters...Vega seamlessly switches from each role, making it clear who she is speaking as and who she is speaking with...Vega’s portrayal of Anne is exactly what it should be—starry-eyed, enthusiastic, and filled with joy...There are a few times when projections of thoughts, feelings, and movements are superfluous and pull focus from the actual production." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Writer Joe Tracz has excellently adapted Riordan’s novel for the stage by infusing wit and nonstop action into the high-stakes quest. Director Stephen Brackett creates a playful world...McCarrell is a charming young actor with a golden voice and swoon-worthy good looks...Much of Rob Rokicki’s music and lyrics are drowned out amidst the incredibly loud musical accompaniment...Audio errors aside, audience members will delight in this theatrical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular novel." Full Review

Life According to Saki
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"Playwright Katherine Rundell has a deft touch for coalescing the stories of Saki with the life of Saki...Rundell is aided by the brilliant director Lazar, whose guidance has helped to create a seamlessly connected ensemble with choreographer Addison. Evoking aspects of children’s theater, the cast effortlessly embodies different characters by switching use of a wardrobe piece or prop...Those that love independent theater will be regretful indeed to miss out on this fine production." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Its powerful discussions and depictions of racism and social class greatly resonate in a society where just four months earlier the chant 'Black Lives Matter!' rang through the city...Under Fugard’s masterful direction, the rising stakes and pain of the characters become palpable as Sam and Hally move closer and closer to the invisible Rubicon between black servants and white masters...Theater fans would be sorry indeed if they were to miss out on this exquisite production." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Bhatt excels in creating a world of diverse people even though there is just one person on stage. Although It is a pleasure to watch the journey of her characters as she moves from the comic to the profound, there are shifts which happen too quickly and the foreshadowing borders on excessive. Perhaps this is because fifty minutes is an insufficient amount of time for a production with ambitious themes like culture shock and young death...A longer run time would ultimately benefit the piece." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"While 'The Runaway' contains many moving and poignant scenes, there are times where the play becomes a bit too ambitious, particularly in its attempt to coalesce the heartbreaking story of homeless children with Greek mythology. 'The Runaway' shines brightest when it shies away from grandiose verse or historical allusions, because the soul of the play clearly resides in the compassionate storytelling and interactions of the lost children." Full Review

Felix Starro
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"While it showcases a dazzling array of Filipinx talent…the production never quite reaches its full potential due to a few unbalanced elements…yet the story of the Starro family's rise, fall, and erasure in the American diaspora is certainly one that should be in the history books." Full Review

Fruiting Bodies
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Chanse’s writing excels in creating a refreshing world where racial identity is seamlessly intertwined with the rising action of the play, but is not the cause of primary theme...Unfortunately, there are times where the script veers a little too far from its roots, and pacing becomes a concern...Although Chanse has created a lush world, anchored by fascinating themes, it feels like 'Fruiting Bodies' is still finding the best pathway to flourish amidst a changing and complex climate." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Under a lesser artist, the content...may come across as something best left for a therapist's office, but the quality and depth of Fernandez’ performance transcends this trap entirely. Her endearing openness and vulnerability makes it impossible to feel unmoved...Fernandez navigates the spectrum of the human condition skillfully...Although there are some structural and technical elements that could be tightened, ‘You Hold a Pole Every Day’ is a strong debut for a new playwright.” Full Review

Terminus
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"While the premise is dramatic and compelling, the production struggles to portray the story effectively...Tiberghien's staging of interactions across opposite ends of the wide stage feels like a ping-pong match...The booming gospel music confuses...The dramatic plot is also bogged down by improbable characters...Nevertheless, O'Connell's dazzling ability guides the production as true as a beacon of light. Her performance is an absolute masterclass in acting." Full Review

Syncing Ink
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"Even more impressive than the written script is the fact that much is unscripted. The actors freestyle rap many significant parts, creating something new and different each night, pushing the boundaries of what musical theatre can be. It is through this combination of oral and written verse that Njikam honors both the African and the American styles of storytelling...What NSangou Njikam has created runs far deeper than a hip hop musical—Njikam has created a masterpiece." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Theater Mitu manages to reinterpret this canonical work into something wholly unique and utterly fascinating by using techniques of experimental and absurdist theatre, combined with elements of Japanese puppetry...These avant-garde elements create a distinct and stylized universe, which would not be successful without the expert skill of director Polendo and his incredibly talented cast...This arresting production artfully brings the Loman family back to where they have always belonged." Full Review

Venus
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Jah's portrayal of Baartman is luminous. Jah has delicately crafted a sympathetic character, making it very painful to watch her fragile innocence shattered again and again...Parks has a deft touch for writing prose which flows with lyrical wit...In this dazzling production, Parks and deBessonet transform the stage into the Georgian era, boldly taking hold of the historical narrative and refusing to cede it back, giving Baartman’s life the perspective she richly deserves." Full Review

Everybody
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Playwright Branden Jacob-Jenkins has a deft touch for contemporary discourse, allowing the dialogue of epic characters to land with humor, poignancy and depth. Supported by a tremendously talented ensemble under the wonderful direction of Lila Neugebauer, Jacob-Jenkins reminds the audience that there may come a time where their life choices are called into question...'Everybody' is a truly insightful and thought-provoking play which should not be missed." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"A raw and impassioned performance of life and longing in Puerto Rico…Playwright Paola Lázaro and director David Mendizábal expertly set the tone for their explosive world premiere...Lázaro and Mendizábal’s vision comes alive with a brilliantly cast ensemble…Although the ensemble can be hilariously unruly and flamboyant, there is no amount of braggadocio that can mask their unbearable longing for human connection in a country frustrated from being severed and left behind." Full Review

DAD (FringeNYC)
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"From the moment this charismatic and wacky bohemian steps on to the stage, he has everyone's full attention...He's that kind of performer you can't take your eyes off, one who makes you eager to join in. Yet while most of Bjerrum’s multi-art styles work well, there are some moments when his attempts come off as superfluous. A performer like Bjerrum needs no experimental gimmicks...A perfect example of fringe theater: quirky, experimental, and wholly unique." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It is so refreshing to encounter two exceptional performers who live and breathe this topic every day...Younger’s background in stand-up comedy has no doubt aided his ability to effectively deliver personal life experiences with incredible humor. He is both hysterically funny and poignant in his remarks on race...Shealy and Younger shine brightest when they are onstage together. Their loving rapport and comic banter are deeply enchanting." Full Review