Blameless | Old Globe
"...a stellar cast that has an ear for comedic timing (most notably Antoinette LaVecchia, who plays grieving mother Diana Garcia) The Blameless is a thought-provoking narrative from a fresh young writer.” -FINE Magazine
"Antoinette LaVecchia, in a brittle and enormously sympathetic performance...” -The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Only as the circumstances emerge does their importance emerge. If these ordinary people can handle these challenges with these results, then perhaps there’s hope for us all. Upchurch has all the actors pulling equal weight as they build toward the subtle catharsis. Silences and pauses become eloquent. A stack of papers – moved about, shuffled, covered up, hidden away – almost seems a supporting actor. A final clear-away scene in growing darkness before the play’s coda is a masterful stroke.” -San Diego Story
A Comedy of Tenors | McCarter Theatre
“Considerable Laughter can be Found in Princeton.”
– New York Times
“Filled with non-stop hilarity”
“Comedy Keeps you Laughing”
– Asbury Park Press
“A raucous, madcap, masterful celebration.”
– Town Topics
“Tons of Laughs"
“Everything in Ludwig’s Play is Hilarious.”
“A Laugh riot from start to finish.”
– Philadelphia Daily News/Philly.com
“Another huge success for Ludwig”.
– Curtain Up.com/US1
“This play is a must-see…even more than once.”
“Irresistible and hysterically funny.”
– Princeton Packet
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, George Street Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Hartford TheatreWorks
“Pretty, charming, funny and warm, Ms. LaVecchia connects instantly with the audience, and she makes Giulia utterly irresistible…She’s a wonderful mimic, too, giving precise definition to the Brooklyn accent of Giulia’s mother, to the drawling delivery of the cartoonist, to the brogue of the boyfriend from Scotland. And she acts not only with her voice but with her entire body. It’s not just that she’s slicing and dicing and cranking away at that pasta machine as she prepares the food. Italians are famous for talking with their hands, but Ms. LaVecchia adds her knees, her shoulders, her neck to the conversation.” The New York Times
“Lamarre has mined the book for its comedy. With indispensable help from the star, Antoinette LaVecchia, and the director, Rob Ruggiero, he has succeeded in turning Ms. Melucci’s good-humored litany of woe into a delightfully comic evening.” The New York Times
“It’s an entertaining crowd-pleaser due in no small measure to its on-stage cooking concept, funny observations of mating rituals and pop culture, and Antoinette LaVecchia’s personable performance.”
– Hartford Courant
“I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is an entertaining tale of romantic misfires and Italian cooking told by an appealing, intelligent central character who’s better at picking out the ingredients for a tasty antipasto than identifying boyfriend material.” -Hartford Examiner
“Antoinette LaVecchia sparkles like a fine Chianti in Connecticut playwright Jacques Lamarre’s stage adaptation of Giulia Melucci’s bestselling memoir, getting a delectable world premiere at TheaterWorks … An enjoyable evening about good food and bad relationships.” -BroadwayWorld
“Antoinette LaVecchia ought to win a Superwoman award for her performance.” -Connecticut Out & About
And LaVecchia delivers. She has the chops of a great stand-up comedian…And, let’s not forget. Along with killing the audience…she literally makes spaghetti — from scratch. It’s like watching a high-wire act.
– Marty Fugate, The Observer
…irresistible…LaVecchia remarkably maintains the delicate balance between stand-up comic and dramatic actress with ease, responding to her live audience without ever going too far off recipe (or script). Her timing is impeccable… ‘abbondanza’ of talent. Thanks to her, equal parts warmth and wit subtly flavor the evening and manage to elevate this culinary confessional from light repast to theatrical feast. Buon appetito!
– Michael T. Mooney, Examiner.com
LaVecchia’s performance is truly inspired. LaVecchia is so adept at the imitations of former beaus, you may think there are others are on stage…
– Marina Kennedy, Broadwayworld.com
Giulia, played with brilliant depth and sparkle by Antoinette LaVecchia…theatre magic…
– Sherri Rase , Qonstage.com
Antoinette LaVecchia is amazing as Giulia in this hilarious one-woman show. She is so believable and genuine in the role, that it’s easy to forget you are watching a play. LaVecchia had the audience eating out of her hand…
– @BTCincyRob. Behind the Curtain Cincinnati
Antoinette LaVecchia displayed boundless charisma and impressive range in a one-woman show about her many romantic loves, and, perhaps her greatest love: food and cooking.
-Ronnie Reich, The Star-Ledger “Top 10 2014 NJ stage perf.”
LaVecchia is the risotto of theatre. Carefully crafted, she makes it easy to lose yourself in the show…Hilarious and a natural fit, LaVecchia comes animated with a wide range of accents perfect for imitating the personas of her boyfriends.
– Paige Malott, Cincinnati Refined.com
There’s something masterful in the way Antoinette LaVecchia works…It’s breathtaking to watch her move about the kitchen, reel off incredibly funny stories about the men her character has dated, and answer her cell phone to talk to her feisty Italian mother. And she does it all with effortless grace.
– Kirk Sheppard, The Sappy Critic
LaVecchia delivers an impressive performance, filled with the kind of flavor, care and love that Giulia puts into her food.
– Jay Handelman , Herald-Tribune
…a key ingredient to its success was its star Antoinette LaVecchia, whose charisma, poise and versatility made for a dazzling performance.
– Ronni Reich | The Star-Ledger
Antoinette LaVecchia virtually is Ms. Melucci, an earthy, vibrant, sensual woman who cooks like an angel, and is just the right touch of naughty.
A Loren-esque figure, she is irresistible with her frank, sly and often salty humor, her biting mimicry of former lovers and her ability to establish an intimacy with everyone in the theater.
– Charles Paolino, Asbury Park Press