Erika Napoletano theatre reviews

“BOBBIE CLEARLY…staged with great overall intensity and some blistering individual performances at Steep Theatre, where, as this highly respected storefront’s growing number of fans well know, the actors do not mess around. And in this show there are 11 of them. From Roy Gonzalez to Erika Napoletano to David Fisch and well beyond, they’re uncompromising, all.”

Chris Jones | Chicago Tribune

BOBBIE CLEARLY @ Steep Theatre – 2016

“The very idea of this murderer joining the dopey, treasured fun of the talent show sends the victim’s mother into a rage. Erika Napoletano brings a perpetual seething to the mortified mom.”

Chicago on the Aisle

BOBBIE CLEARLY @ Steep Theatre – 2016

“As is sometimes the case, there is too much talent to do a thorough accounting of but the abundance suits this piece. “Bobbie Clearly” is a collective portrait, a vision of a town (a country, a world) at odds with itself over how it wants to be understood.”

Kevin Greene | New City Stage

BOBBIE CLEARLY @ Steep Theatre – 2016

Bobbie Cleary is the gut-wrenching, train-wreck version of a redemption story meets coming-of-age story. Delivering some beautifully human moments of deliberation, it captivates your attention and makes you wonder, “How would I react in this situation? What would my role be?” By and far, an artistic achievement,Bobbie Clearly is bound for an abundance of theatrical accolades.”

The Real Chicago

BOBBIE CLEARLY @ Steep Theatre – 2016

“Bobbie Clearly paints a beautiful picture of complex tragedy while examining the concept of forgiveness and exploring how healing is a constant struggle. The show’s blend of clever acting, brilliant writing and ingenious directing make this masterpiece a must-see for any theatre lover.”

The Loyola Phoenix

BOBBIE CLEARLY @ Steep Theatre – 2016

“Erika Napoletano, playing an old Rooster flame, is depressingly good.”

Chris Jones | Chicago Tribune

JERUSALEM – 2016

“He is largely estranged from Dawn (Erika Napoletano, who expertly nails her crucial scene with Rooster), his former lover and the mother of his 6-year-old son.”

Hedy Weiss | Chicago Sun-Times

JERUSALEM – 2016

“As Rooster’s ex- (Dawn), Erika Napoletano nails the anger, exasperation, and affection of a woman in love with an impossible man.”

Theatre Mania

JERUSALEM – 2016

“Erika Napoletano, as Dawn the mother of Rooster’s child, grounds this extraordinary world with sincerity and sensitivity.”

Broadway World

JERUSALEM – 2016

“And as it turns out, there really isn’t a single character worthy of empathy, aside from the waitress played by Erika Napoletano (who does a brilliant, gender-flipping job in a trio of roles).”

Hedy Weiss | Chicago Sun-Times

FULFILLMENT @ American Theatre Company