“An unflinching look at loss”
“piercingly honest, exquisitely moving”
“a richly layered work”
“ArtsEmerson Nails The World Premiere Of Melinda Lopez's 'Mala'”
“An exquisitely fashioned theater piece, brimming with humor, frustration and honesty as biting as the wind, snow and Arctic fantasy that blow through it.”
“A courageous performance”
“A gripping deep dive into examining death, our reaction to it, and how it can encourage us to value life.”
"The play opens the door for conversation in the universal struggle to support those they love in dying, especially when all they’ve ever known in life is how to survive."
“under the sensitive direction of David Dower, she expresses her changes of mood and emotion without artifice, as if she were reliving the moments of the anguish and the joy of loving — and understanding — another person so fully. “
"[Mala is] a daring departure for Lopez”
“She is the ultimate collaborator—intelligent, generous, open, and kind."
"That the experience of truly becoming an adult, because you don’t have a parent, is terrifying."
“Theater is my pathway to sanity,” Melinda Lopez explains. “Everything I write, every thing I create as a writer and an actress, is deeply personal for me, and by expressing it, I stay sane.”
“If one of the keys to writing a successful play is to find a subject that everyone can relate to, then Bedford playwright Melinda Lopez may have hit a gold mine.”
“World premiere of a sometimes somber, sometimes funny solo show, written and performed by the gifted playwright-actress Melinda Lopez (“Sonia Flew,’’ “Becoming Cuba’’), about coping with the hectic demands of her own life while moving her beloved Cuban-American mother into hospice care and facing the inevitability of losing her.”