Melanie Lora makes a practical, commanding and straightforwardly sexy (and amazingly slithery) American….
Melanie Lora’s New Yorker Gloria….generates some much needed heat
SoCal’s favorite Lora is peppy perfection as Gloria
Stage Scene LA
Lora and Beck turn in first-rate characterizations, skillfully navigating the script’s quick transitions from hilarity to poignancy
Melanie Lora excels at balancing the slings and arrows…
The ensemble cast is pretty terrific. Lora and Beck have great chemistry…
Lora vividly portrays the ingenue Hypatia with the prescribed devilish twist
Melanie Lora is a kick-in-the-pants
Perfectly played by Melanie Lora
Garden Grove Journal
The ever-wonderful Lora proves a delectable pink-and-white heroine, filled with as much spunk as she is strawberries-and-cream
Lora delivers an exhaustingly rambunctious and whimsical Hypatia
Dinner with Friends
The performances are everything in this play, each one finely crafted and exquisitely detailed to match Donald Marguiles’ extraordinary dialogue….Melanie Lora tones down the smugness and authoritarian demeanor of Karen in a manner that is very effective. Her comments are both docile and yet underhanded at the same time and watching her, you can’t help but groan and say to yourself “Ugh, I know someone just like her.”
World of Stage
Lora as Karen works to perfection
Stage Scene LA
Scripts this outstanding are few and far between. So are superb stagings like this one, which will have audiences nodding in recognition of the emotions on display in every scene.
The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder
Lora is dazzling, displaying verbal dexterity and delivering emotional fireworks, all of which covers up Jane’s hidden decency. It’s an amazing, virtuoso performance.
In some ways, Lisa is the tougher of the two roles — Lora is completely credible as a star student who makes up in drive what she visibly lacks in self-confidence.
Chappell and Lora turn in sizzling performances that deliver the play’s underlying premise with smoldering power and sensitive foreshadows of the explosion to come
This production is an ideal nexus of material, director and actors
…the splendidly kittenlike Melanie Lora
Lora excels, bringing warmth and emotional precision to her role as the proper yet passionate Rosannah, a model turn-of-the-century heroine, and her strong voice is put to memorable use in “Rosannah’s Song” and “O Happy Me.”
“…her simplicity, her effortlessness…there was something pure in Lora’s look and ease that was just right.”