Below are critical reviews and news stories featuring Marcela and her productions.
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 […]
[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.
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 […]
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.