La Llorona

ensemble theatre · ma ma ma my llorona · Ages 17+ · United States of America

world premiere
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ANN HURD certified reviewer June 14, 2015
I particularly enjoyed the spanish scenes of this play. Martina Medina and Joaquin Camilo were brilliant!! I couldn't take my eyes off them! And of course my friend Jahel is always fun to watch! ;) You don't have to understand spanish to know what's going on during the spanish scenes- those actors are that good! I also enjoyed watching Amanda Newman in the english scenes. The lighting and SFX was a really nice touch and added to the spooky factor of the storytelling. ... full review
NICOLE CRAIG certified reviewer June 18, 2015
The show jumps back and forth from the past (how the legend came to be) and the present (a modern-day family who gets caught up in it). The tale of the legend is in Spanish while present day is in English. I was much more enthralled with the Spanish portion than the English and I don't even speak Spanish fluently. The actors are much stronger and even if you can only catch a few words here and there, their gestures and inflections make it fairly easy to know what's going on. The present day moments seemed to drag the show's pacing as many of the actors kept stumbling on their lines and lacked the energy and passion of their Spanish-speaking counterparts, although Amanda Newman (playing the role of Nicolaza) did breathe life into her scenes a... full review
PAULINE ADAMEK certified reviewer June 19, 2015
Review by Pauline Adamek. *This review first appeared on* Follow the link (“original article”) to read it. full review
MARSHELLE M certified reviewer June 28, 2015
Guillermo Garcia in his one night stint as Valentino and Martina Medina (WOW!) led an ensemble of stellar performances while Kathryn Mayer's on the mark stage direction make La Llorona a true gem of the Fringe. Writer Matt DeNoto has written a script that perfectly balances the magical and the all too real horrors of modern family life. I can't stop talking about it. The piece is simultaneously evocative, rich in feeling, creepy, tragic and lovely.... full review
LAURA GUDINO certified reviewer June 29, 2015
In general I would say the acting was good, and the structure of the play was interesting, but the best performance for me was from Martina Medina who portrays María/La Llorona. Her acting was meticulous and definitely believable. The struggle and suffer from her character was palpable, inspiring, and emotionally strong. I have to say she made me cry, feel anxious, desperate and angry according to the situation she was going trough. The way she developed character and took María from an innocent, colorful, and cheerful girl into a dark, crazy, and desperate murderer was incredible. ... full review
OLIVIA SANDOVAL certified reviewer June 29, 2015
tagged as: Stunning · CRAZY · Fantastic · legend · original · real
I enjoyed this play so much. Until now I'm still thinking about it. Martina medina was the best actress to portrayed this legendary character of mexican history. She was just stunning. All the actors were great they captured me and took me in their journey. I felt so many things that night. The play is very well written, for me as a native mexican, never understood so much the pain and the story of "La llorona" until now. Thank you so much to fringe festival to bring this to the streets of hollywood. you guys are great! CHEERS!! :=)... full review
VICTOR OSUNA certified reviewer June 29, 2015
Wow!!!! Amazing acting from maria... it was really good performance. She make me cry, i really saw a sexi, mother crazy woman. Her transformation was incredible ... full review
TRACEY PALEO, GIA ON THE MOVE (OFFICIAL PRESS) certified reviewer June 18, 2015
Martina Medina as María gives a passionate and captivating performance as the Weeping Lady. Guillermo Garcia, too, gives a stellar and heartbreaking performance in his one-night-only role of Valentino. Read the full review by Marc Wheeler for Gia On The Move (official press) full review