LOVE AND SPUMONI
"This Equity actress is so talented in becoming a wide variety of characters and she almost shape-shifted from the narrating Mary Lou to both of her parents, her sister Sophia, her Noni, her high school girlfriend, a teacher and more I have forgotten. It was a pleasure to watch because she nailed each and every supporting character and made us believe that the story she was telling was her own." - Patch
Maria Baratta as Mary Lou steps onto the stage, up to the microphone and in a few short seconds manages to win over the entire audience. She is your next door neighbor, the lady in the grocery store, the every woman. She appears free from inhibitions and has created several unforgettable characters. First she is Mary Lou, the daughter who is determined to win over the boy of her dreams. The next second she is a caring grandmother, a strict mother, a stern father, or an angry sister. All of these characters she manages to portray convincingly without so much as a costume change or added accessory. Her performance is infused with enthusiasm." - Joanna Greco Rochman - Republican-American
The one-and-only Equity performer Maria Baratta returns to Seven Angels in this new comedy. In her program bio, she dubs the play “A gastronomy of Love, Culinary Mayhem and Absolute Magic. What more can Maria or Giulia ask for!” Baratta gives a master class in performing a one-woman show with charm, humor, and grace under pressure. I attended a performance of the premiere of this sequel, without having seen “Spaghetti,” at TheaterWorks Hartford, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time. Seeing Baratta as Guilia just made it a bit more special for me.
I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI
VIGNETTES OF AN I-TALIAN AMERICAN GIRL
" Baratta is a master at conjuring up the many family members who had a hand in her coming of age, all of them hell-bent on teaching her the rules of Italian Catholic propriety....well-acted, well-staged, and engaging....palpable - and affecting. An entertaining and at times moving chronicle, Vignettes reminds us that barriers to assimilation come from both within and without." - Theasy
“Stunning in its accuracy and honesty….this is an excellent work by a writer/performer who has an abundance of theater skills. Her performance is charged with energy and passion. This is a universal coming-of-age story that fits just about every culture in the great melting pot, America.” 4 ½ stars - Republican-American
"You will love it...being the gem of the play, the cultural aspects of "Vignettes..." is colorful and humorous. With Baratta's incredible acting skills....she has an expressive face that tells us more than words can possibly reveal, and the way she represents the character engages the audience." - ReviewFix
"Baratta moves from character to character......she is a very gifted performer and what she shares with the audience is more than just a look into her life and experiences but more like a glimpse into her soul......Baratta’s performance is moving at times and hilarious at others."
"The charming and versatile Giulia is being brought to delectable life in the hands and hospitality of Maria Baratta as she cooks up a fabulous feast right before your eyes in "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti," a memoir by Giulia that has been cleverly adapted by Jacques Lamarre. Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury will be cooking up a storm, with fresh pasta created from scratch, complete with antipasto, salad, bread and wine, for a lucky select few, right on stage." Conneticut Critics Circle
"Baratta plays Melucci, a single New Yorker who is a publishing pro by day and domestic diva by night. She knows how to whip up mouth-watering Italian cuisine, but unfortunately, her prowess with pasta is not matched by her taste in men, who all seem to eat and run. Conjuring up a culinary masterpiece (cooking a three-course meal live on stage), Gulia recounts stories about the men in her life and the meals that she made for them.. Can she find Mr. Right or will she end up getting burned?" - Republican-American
“Actress Maria Baratta prides herself on being real and raw, and along the way she is also filled with personality and promise…..willing to show herself, Italian-American roots and all, down to her soul, which she bares to the audience openly and honestly…..brought to life through Baratta’s skills as an impersonator, so true to life that you can see each member of the family interacting with her like a well spiced spaghetti sauce to her narrative meat balls.” – CT Critics
“When the lovely Maria Baratta began her monologue, we knew we were in for a great show…..an excellent actress who switched effortlessly from character to character and back to herself….the actress covered a lot of topics during the two acts; nothing was taboo. There was an effective mix of comedy and tragedy and it was much more than what I expected.” – Patch
"The drama is a tragicomic memoir of a first-generation daughter of Italian immigrants navigating a new world while holding onto the past. The autobiographical show is a montage of knee-slapping anecdotes of over-the-top relatives with which Baratta frequently regaled friends..."It was a wonderful piece with a lot of potential," recalled DeLaurentis, who invited Baratta to expand the work for Seven Angels' stage. "I just thought this was so part of Waterbury, it was just meant to be." - Republican-American