HIT THE WALL
Barrow Street Theatre / Steppenwolf Theatre
THE NEW YORKER
"I couldn’t get certain faces out of my head, especially that of the actor Arturo Soria, whose portrayal of Tano, a gossipy but not insensitive Puerto Rican queen, reminded me of friends from my youth, who didn’t live long enough to know that queer life could be different. Dressed in a snug polo shirt and shorts, his sneakers a little worn at the heels, Tano dreams of being butch and despises himself for his softness. His shield is his smart mouth—and his ability to run away from the disasters that his comments set off. Like a young Al Pacino or Tony Musante, both of whom Soria resembles physically—he is dark-haired, with a noble but imperfect profile—Tano is amped up and desperate to be loved as the macho he longs to be. He’s a victim as much of his own idea of masculinity as of the straight world’s idea of what a man should be."
-Hilton Als Read the article here
NEW YORK TIMES
"Among the most fully realized figures are [...] the “Snap Queen Team” of Tano (Arturo Soria) and Mika (Gregory Haney),...throwing shade at passers-by from their perch on a Christopher Street Among the most fully realized figures are...the “Snap Queen Team” of Tano (Arturo Soria) and Mika (Gregory Haney), stoop. Fierce and funny, the verbal and attitudinal swapped by this duo with the formidable Carson owe more to slam poetry and 1980s Harlem voguing..."
-David Rooney Read the article here
"Among an excellent ensemble in Eric Hoff's exuberant staging, it's the performers playing these doubly marginalized characters who stand out–particulary Arturo Soria as a fast-talking Puerto Rican sissy."
-Zac Thompson Read the article here
"Soria le brinda a su personaje, Tano, una salaz lengua incisiva con la cual caracteriza a cada personaje con una perspicacia y astucia bilingüe extraordinaria."
-Rafael Franco Read the article here
Yale Repertory Theatre
NEW HAVEN REVIEW
"And, as Young Alonso, Fernando, and Theo, Arturo Soria gets to show off his moves, his smile, his bod, his Spanish and to be an asset in every scene he’s in."
"Fernando (played with boisterous boyishness by Arturo Soria, a Yale School of Drama acting student)."
NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
'Arturo Soria has a lot of fun getting to play three different men with very different personalities, accents, and command of English."
THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
"...it is Arturo Soria who almost steals the show in two distinctly different roles: Casey’s childhood friend (and landlord) Jason and tipsy drag queen Rexy, who is always aggrieved and ready to fly off the handle. Soria’s skilled turn extends metaphors in a show about flexibility, versatility and discovering one’s hidden talents."
TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS
"Arturo Soria is quite impressive in the toughest dual role of all, not only portraying the anger-fueled drag queen Rexy — who offers Casey a sharp lecture on gay history and drag’s place in it — but also Casey’s good ol’ boy of a neighbor."
WATER BY THE SPOONFUL
"A different variety of hardness informs Soria’s altogether believably unforgiving turn as Elliot. The actor adroitly bottles Elliot’s contempt, in a hurt that he spits back at Odessa as unrelieved spite. Reconciliation is not a pivot of which this relationship seems capable."
"Arturo Soria’s Elliot is ostensibly upbeat but there’s anger simmering just below the surface. Though often clowning, he proves ultimately introspective. It’s a memorable performance."
DC METRO THEATER ARTS
"One is an extraordinary and beautifully written character named Elliot Ortiz, portrayed in The Studio Theatre’s production by Arturo Soria with sun-flare brilliance. Hilariously nimble-witted and rich in passion and pathos, Soria’s stellar performance must be seen."
MD THEATRE GUIDE
"Arturo Soria can barely be contained on the stage, he’s so full of rage and pain and fear. He does his job so well, you expect to see his name as he tackles bigger stages and roles very soon."
DC THEATRE SCENE
"When Mr. Soria’s Elliot recounts the story behind the play’s title, the drama furiously leaps to life. You are both horrified and transfixed by his story of the chokehold addiction has over people’s choices. What really stays with you is how the damage inflicted by drugs wounds not only the addict, but the ones they love. As Elliott shows, these wounds form scabs, but never, ever heal...played at Studio by Arturo Soria in a powerful DC debut"