Below are critical reviews and news stories featuring Marcela and her productions.
As brought to life at the Guthrie, it is always entertaining, always engrossing, and always brilliant. The only disgrace, if you see it, is to not bring company – if you haven’t gotten the message already, you’ll want to talk about the play afterwards.
In the production’s opening scene, a ship’s sails billow above the stage of the OSF’s Elizabethan Theatre, where sailors stand on the deck of the cargo ship Pharaon. They sway with the rise and fall of the sea, alerting us of Lorca’s penchant for filling the stage with movement. A guest director at OSF, she is director of movement at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and she has a knack for incorporating visual elements to work with the text in telling the story.
Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning script is well served by the talented actresses who play sisters Lenny (Maggie Chestovich), Meg (Georgia Cohen) and Babe (Ashley Rose Montondo) as director Marcela Lorca plumbs the unique differences between the colorful trio, who clearly love each other dearly in spite of striking sparks whenever they come together.
Happily, the McCarter Theatre Center’s mounting of “Disgraced”– its New Jersey premiere, and the play’s first area staging since an acclaimed 2014-15 Broadway run — does full justice to the snap, crackle and pop of Akhtar’s provocations.
Marcela Lorca’s Guthrie production hearkens to the roots of Greek drama, with music, movement and a chorus that both narrates and participates in the tragedy as citizens of Thebes. Click here to read the full review
Review: ‘Burial at Thebes’ is a classic for good reason, October 4, 2011
director Marcela Lorca effortlessly guides the audience from scene to scene. Even when past and present are on the stage at the same time, the use of lighting and set design keeps the audience perfectly in tune to what is going on.