PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

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A PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER | JARROTT PRODUCTIONS | Austin, TX

"Garcia relates the humiliations, inhumanities, and details of her youth in a wry, matter-of-fact voice, busy with his brush, palette, and canvas. He brings himself into the story, along with his four sisters. You'll see a twinge of regret, a touch of amazement at her endurance and grit, a bit of self-deprecating irony. His words are unhesitating and vivid....We're lucky he was willing to share it, without a scrap of sentimentality, and that his gift as an actor is the rare ability to tell it so well."

CTX Live Theatre, Michael Meigs

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A PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER | JARROTT PRODUCTIONS | Austin, TX
 

 

"This is beautiful, touching and compelling. Carlo Lorenzo Garcia was remarkable in his ability to grab my attention and hold on. His story and his skills in telling that story were remarkable, tender, moving and inspiring. Find time to see it soon, as it will be gone before you know it."

Splash Magazines, Barbara Kerr

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A PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER | JARROTT PRODUCTIONS | Austin, TX

"Garcia is a natural storyteller. His affect and voice are calming; he’s a pleasant actor and holds your interest...a loving and heartwarming tribute ...ends with a strong statement that his mother is a “warrior, a survivor,” and if you listen to his story, you’ll have no doubts about the veracity of that statement.”

Northwest Herald, Regina Belt-Daniels

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JUNK | STREET CORNER ARTS | Austin, TX

"As played by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, Merkin is a good-hearted charmer, loyal to his friends and espousing a progressive vision of improving American business through change and innovation rather than returning to the nostalgia of the past. The genius of Garcia’s portrayal is that he makes Merkin a true believer. Though his immediate actions are certainly motivated by greed, at his core there is a deeper nobility wed to his desire to break apart the racist history of American corporations."

Austin360-Statesman, Andrew J. Friedenthal

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JUNK | STREET CORNER ARTS | Austin, TX

"As Robert, performer Garcia pulls off all the teeth sucking, furtive gesticulating, and slick talking of a classic 1980's Wall Street yuppie...Crisp performances and biting dialogue result in a well executed show that refuses to slow down, and the audience leaves windblown but grinning."

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BroadwayWorld Austin, Madelyn Geyer

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THE MADRES | SHREWD PRODUCTIONS | Austin, TX

"It is, however, the soldier Diego (portrayed with eerie sangfroid by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia) who keeps tight the threat of violence throughout. Costumed...in sharp military civilian wear rather than a more blatant uniform, Diego looks and sounds sickeningly similar to right-wing extremist in our own nation and time."

Sightlines, I.B. Hopkins

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POCATELLO by SAMUEL D. HUNTER | STREET CORNER ARTS | Austin, TX

"Garcia's performance as Eddie is nuanced and riveting, an ache of tightly controlled emotion. Playwright Hunter has given him a lot to work with, and I reach back to the comment I made about Summers in Webster's staging of Boise: this is a performance so rich that it alone justifies you urging your friends to attend. I'm not a great fan of "best of" lists, but Garcia's Eddie belongs on any of those drawn up for 2017-2018."

CTX Live Theatre, Michael Meigs

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POCATELLO by SAMUEL D. HUNTER | STREET CORNER ARTS | Austin, TX​

"Garcia brings Eddie to life with a quiet gentleness that could easily slip into "sad sack" territory but never does. The result is an engaging and honest search for connection. The play's final moments between Gar­cia and Humphrey are simply heart-wrenching."

Austin Chronicle, Shanon Weaver

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POCATELLO by SAMUEL D. HUNTER | STREET CORNER ARTS | Austin, TX​

"thanks in large part to the nuanced performance of Carlo Lorenzo Garcia. Though the sadness and loneliness of the character is always evident from Garcia’s face, there’s often a brightness to his affect or voice that endears him to the audience. Between Hunter’s clever writing and Garcia’s emotive performance, Eddie becomes a kind of Greek hero, working his way through back-breaking feats to reach his goal, which is, in this case, finding some solace or understanding in another human being."

Austin Arts Watch, Ryan E. Johnson

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POCATELLO by SAMUEL D. HUNTER | STREET CORNER ARTS | Austin, TX​


"Carlo Lorenzo Garcia gives a beautifully open performance that makes us genuinely feel for him. This is a nice guy in a lot of pain who is desperately trying to fix the world around him."

Broadway World Austin, Frank Benge

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POCATELLO by SAMUEL D. HUNTER | STREET CORNER ARTS | Austin, TX​


"What the talented cast of the show excels at is listening and responding; as the plot ticks along, we see how each new encounter lands and how each relationship features its own unstated dynamics. Standouts include Carlo Lorenzo Garcia as the put-upon, neurotic Eddie; Amber Quick as the desperately unhappy Tammy; and David Scott’s delightful comedic timing as the somewhat meat-headed Max."

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HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY... | MARY-ARRCHIE THEATRE CO. | Chicago, IL

"Carlo Lorenzo Garcia puts in an intense and fascinating performance as the deteriorating Charlie, expounding on all the frustrations of daily life that all of us experience but few of us act upon"

 Chicago Theatre Beat, Leah A. Zeldes

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MEDEA | THEATRE Y | Chicago, IL

"Carlo Lorenzo Garcia’s Jason makes us all feel like he deserves all the punishment Medea metes out."

Logan Squarist, Suzanne White Montiel

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HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY... | MARY-ARRCHIE THEATRE CO. | Chicago, IL

"Garcia is wonderful as the British middle class everyman with hints of Willy Loman. Garcia’s performance was deeply rooted in truth as he exhibits the neurotic foibles of a man at his wits end. Garcia navigates the action never fully realizing where reality and fantasy begin and end. We empathize with Charlie as the pressures mount and he disintegrates.   Garcia wonderfully delivers a cynically funny monologue about what he could do–but doesn’t as his world falls apart. Garcia’s performance alone justifies seeing this show!"

Chicago Critic