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Valentina Izarra Awarded Best Actress by New Times 2014

if you didn’t feel good watching Izarra hilariously and sweetly stumble and fumble and awkwardly navigate these life-changing choices, then you may not be human.

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Valentina Izarra as Julie Johnson in Kutumba Theatre Project’s production of Julie Johnson

MiamiArtZine

Produced by Curtis Belz and directed by Collin Carmouze, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea has Belz and Valentina Izarra sparring for seventy minutes of totally engrossing theatre…  Belz and Izarra have complete control of more emotions than Freud ever dreamed of.”

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Valentina Izarra as Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Ground Up & Rising Theatre

Sun Sentinel Review – Julie Johnson

…precise, torpor-versus-tension direction of Kutumba founder Kim Ehly, as well as the talent and chemistry of the two leads: Valentina Izarra, as Hoboken, NJ., housewife Julie Johnson; and Casey Dressler, as her best friend, Claire.”

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Valentina Izarra as Julie Johnson in Julie Johnson at Kutumba Theatre Project

Florida Theatre On Stage – Julie Johnson

Izarra, whose program bio says she studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, doesn’t have an ounce of pretentiousness in her genuine Jersey girl portrayal. One minute, she’s frenetically unearthing Scientific American magazines hidden under her couch like X-rated magazines, the next minute she’s chain smoking and maniacally culling the want ads for jobs, while in another quick breath, she’s misty eyed as she wants to become suitor to her best girl friend. When she describes Claire as tasting like “Sprite without the bubbles,” Izarra conjures sensuality with a simple girlish grin. When Julie suffers heartbreak, there’s a collective sigh as the audience gets swept away by the actress’s earnest approach.”

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Valentina Izarra as Julie Johnson in Julie Johnson at Kutumba Theatre Project

Miami Herald – Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson doesn’t work without an appealing Julie, and Kutumba’s production certainly has one in Izarra. She is quirky as she reveals to Claire the stacks of science magazines she has hidden from her hubby, as if they were porn; sympathetic as she bears the verbal abuse of her self-centered daughters Lisa (Skylar Voelker) and Frankie (Julianna Rector); needy and determined as she interacts with her influential teacher, Mr. Miranda (Doug Wetzel). Izarra’s radiant Julie weathers each setback, and the audience roots for her as she pursues her dreams.”

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Valentina Izarra as Julie Johnson in Julie Johnson at Kutumba Theatre Project

Miami New Times – Top Ten Miami Plays and Musicals of 2013

 The Alliance Theatre Lab’s only new production of 2013 reminded us how great this company can be, especially when producing material as quick-witted and distinctive as John Patrick Shanley’s one-act commune of existential barflies. The atmosphere felt perfectly lived-in, from the bar set to the lurid ’80s costuming, and the cast mastered all of the thorny soliloquies with aplomb.”

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Valentina Izarra as Linda Rotunda in Carbonell Award Nominated Savage In Limbo as Best Ensemble in a Play at Alliance Theatre Lab

Miami New Times – Savage In Limbo

The three women are especially outstanding. Izarra and Abergel are expert sparring partners, cut from similar cloths but clashing in texture. Both can speak a mile a minute, and both erect protective fronts and expose hidden vulnerabilities; the major difference is that Izarra’s performance springs from the heart and Abergel’s from the brain, choices that resonate deeply with their characters.”

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Valentina Izarra as Linda Rotunda in Carbonell Award Nominated Savage In Limbo as Best Ensemble in a Play at Alliance Theatre Lab

Florida Theater On Stage – Savage In Limbo

Conversely, the performances and direction are the best we’ve seen any of these folks deliver. Abergel, who has worked for several small theaters in the region, is a tireless bunch of nerve endings on a hunt compelled by a life-and-death hunger. She is matched stride for stride by Izarra (last seen in Ground Up and Rising’s Gruesome Playground Injuries) who just barely sidesteps the cartoon that Shanley has written, an accomplishment requiring considerable skill.”

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Valentina Izarra as Linda Rotunda in Carbonell Award Nominated Savage In Limbo as Best Ensemble in a Play at Alliance Theatre Lab

MiamiArtZine – Savage In Limbo

The five actors Acevedo has directed are flawless. They handle the loneliness, the desperation, the stupidity, the humor with passion and truth. When voices are raised they’re not just shouts and screams, they’re voices from the heart.”

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Valentina Izarra as Linda Rotunda in Carbonell Award Nominated Savage In Limbo as Best Ensemble in a Play at Alliance Theatre Lab

Miami Herald – Savage In Limbo

Unlike Denise, Linda Rotunda (Valentina Izarra) is a fast, skimpily attired chick — hot in a trampy way — who has already popped out several kids. She has a regular booty call with Tony Aronica (Curtis Belz), the faithless boyfriend who has just informed her that he’s decided to have sex with ugly girls, period, in the future. Linda is all weepy, and once Tony shows up, the conflict in the bar goes into overdrive.”

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Valentina Izarra as Linda Rotunda in Carbonell Award Nominated Savage In Limbo as Best Ensemble in a Play at Alliance Theatre Lab

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