Below are critical reviews and news stories featuring Marcela and her productions.
I won’t divulge how or why this foursome comes unglued, except to tell you that it’s wholly credible and expertly paced; credit director Marcela Lorca’s crisp direction and strong acting from the entire cast.
With marvelous performances by the cast under the sublime direction of Marcela Lorca, “Disgraced” should be a must see for everyone who watched or didn’t watch the folderol of inauguration day for Donald Trump. Lorca deserves immense credit for letting this play proceed at a natural rapid pace. There is little room for breath in these performances, and they’re all the more real because of it.
Fast-moving and provocative, Disgraced turns a sophisticated dinner party among social elites into a slow dissolve of their pretenses about having risen above ethnic worries and stereotypes. Running through February 12 at the Quadracci Powerhouse, it is the best directed and acted Milwaukee Rep play experienced of late, fulfilling its 2013 Pulitzer-winning reputation as the sort of conversational theater that grows in conflict, meaning and impact over its 90 minutes.
Written by Pakistani-American playwright Ayad Akhtar, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama, “Disgraced” is a scorcher, an uncompromising look at racism, Islamophobia and American identity. We’ve never heard a Guthrie audience gasp as often as they did on opening night. This might be the year’s most essential play, one everyone should see, especially everyone who’s white.
[the author’s] actions are woven so masterfully into Akhtar’s well-crafted play, it helps to lead us to moments of revelation. Those actions also help to make the Guthrie’s production, staged with elegance and excellence by director Marcela Lorca, this summer’s must-see theater.
Director Marcela Lorca stages the play as a series of interactions — some with extended dialogue, others briefly glimpsed through the condo’s windows as Sanford Moore’s jazzy, ominous score plays between scenes.