Even if someone living under that proverbial rock doesn’t know the fate of Araujo, it would be difficult to anticipate a happy ending as Premsrirat’s story unfolds, but under the bold, erotically charged leadership of director Jon Lawrence Rivera, who is blessed with a gamely inspired cast and design team, all the razzle-dazzle helps cushion the final blow—figuratively and literally.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage
Playwright Michael Premsrirat takes these two characters—separated by an ocean and several decades—and ties their stories together quite extraordinarily in The Girl Most Likely, now getting its World Premiere production under the truly inspired direction of Jon Lawrence Rivera.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
Despite disconcerting tonal shifts, it’s a lively show. But its final message seems to be that the cross-dresser’s lot is not a happy one. There are solid performances by de Ocampo, Raphael, de Leon, Schulman, and Raphael, plus a telling turn by Mandela Bellamy as the needy girl who befriends and then betrays the Boy.
Neal Weaver – LA Weekly
Under the direction of Jon Lawrence Rivera, the work has all of the markers of an after school special, but one that is effortlessly charming and easy to indulge in.
Mia Bonadonna – LAist
The ending is harrowing, but most of the play is laced with generally joyous scenes set in the Filipino club where the drag queen performs, which prevents the production from being as grim and gritty as you might expect.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch
This is truly break-through material, well-handled and exceptionally entertaining. You will be shocked, horrified, gratified and enlightened. So, what else is the value of theatre, eh?
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings
In Michael Premsrirat’s thoroughly engaging The Girl Most Likely To, an unnamed teenage Boy (a winning Tobit Raphael) is, and always has been, in the wrong body.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema
The play is as funny as it is gut wrenching.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings
THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO
Presented by Playwrights’ Arena and the Latino Theater Company
At the Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St., L.A.
April 20–May 13, 2012; Thu.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Tickets: (866) 811-4111
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