REVIEWS

TERMINUS

NYTW Next Door

“Piniella has the role of the loving and indebted young man so down pat, you’ll wonder if he isn’t bringing a depth of personal experience to the character.”:  https://opplaud.com/reviews/new-york/177-terminus-new-york-theatre-workshop-next-door

 

“Reynaldo Piniella is a find and he shines”- Times Square Chronicles: http://t2conline.com/deirdre-oconnell-fights-the-ghosts-from-her-past-in-terminus/

 

“a revelatory performance by Reynaldo Piniella”- https://blogcritics.org/theater-review-nyc-terminus-gabriel-jason-dean/

 

“The impressive Reynaldo Piniella”- Stage Buddy: https://stagebuddy.com/theater/theater-review/review-terminus

 

“The charismatic Piniella embodies the sweet nature of Jaybo”- https://www.offoffonline.com/offoffonline/2018/2/24/terminus

ROMEO & JULIET

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

“If you miss the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production of “Romeo and Juliet,” you will regret not seeing Reynaldo Piniella’s game-changing performance as a swagged-out Romeo. The production and cast is great overall, but Piniella’s portrayal of Romeo is a sight to behold. He gives the millennials a hero to root for as he adds the sauce of today’s youth to the 400-year-old tragic love story. Anyone who knows a young black boy who has expressed interest or talent in the arts should be taken to see this production to show how they have a place on stage – even in the classical arena.”- http://www.stlamerican.com/entertainment/living_it/urban-league-s-salute-to-women-in-leadership-a-smash/article_9fd2bad4-7503-11e8-83fc-afe312ade5e3.html


“But when Reynaldo Piniella eases on the stage as Romeo, he snatches the attention of the audience and never lets them go...Piniella’s Romeo takes the biggest risk - and yields the greatest reward. As he speaks, he gives Romeo an intentional drawl that gives his words the opportunity to marinate with the audience. He slows Romeo down, and one can’t help but soak him in.” - http://www.stlamerican.com/entertainment/living_it/romeo-and-juliet-for-today-s-generation/article_09c7ae7e-69ef-11e8-bf1b-8fd43a6c7498.html


“Reynaldo Piniella’s Romeo is a Dude - a young dude, obviously, from the moment he slink-walks onto the stage, and one who is overwhelmed by raging but very age-appropriate hormones. They drive his actions, from his love to his violence, but Piniella’s Romeo is not just a pulsating mass of testosterone. There’s subtlety as well as exuberance.”- http://stlouiseats.typepad.com/st_louis_eats_and_drinks_/2018/06/romeo-and-juliet.html


”The cast is excellent, as well, with Piniella’s impulsive Romeo and Wise’s sheltered, curious Juliet well-matched, bringing a chemistry to their interactions that is easy to believe.”- https://snoopstheatrethoughts.com/2018/06/04/sfstl-presents-a-bold-fast-paced-romeo-and-juliet-with-a-modern-flair/

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH

Theatre For A New Audience

“You will have to wait until Act Three to see how potent an actor Reynaldo Piniella is as the Antrobus’ son. That’s when he stops being a rebellious adolescent and becomes a staunch and dangerous militant.” - Broadway Select: http://broadwayselect.com/long-live-the-skin-of-our-teeth/


“Reynaldo Piniella creates a multi-dimensional Henry who is plagued by anger and driven by need.”- http://morethantheplay.blogspot.com


“Their children, Henry and Gladys, played by Reynaldo Piniella and Kimber Monroe, bring great energy and diversity to their roles, making the Antrobuses looks like a true representation of a Brooklyn family. Piniella especially has an interesting arc to play, going from embodying unbridled feral adolescence in Act 1 to a coiled frustrated wrath in Act 3” - New York Theatre Review: http://newyorktheatrereview.blogspot.com/2017/03/so-make-this-momentlast-because-best-of.html


“and Piniella is thoroughly effective as the dangerous son” - Broadway Blog: http://thebroadwayblog.com/2017/03/02/16130-skin-of-our-teeth-off-broadway-review


“Also excellent are Kimber Monroe and Reynaldo Piniella as the Antrobus children who grow up for better and worse.” - http://simonsaltzman.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-skin-of-our-teeth-at-polonsky.html


“Reynaldo Piniella’s sullen Henry and Kimber Monroe’s needy Gladys make a fine transition from teenagers to young adults.”- TheaterScene.net: http://www.theaterscene.net/plays/the-skin-of-our-teeth/victor-gluck/


“She also expresses genuine fear for her son, who Piniella plays with a seething nihilist anger that feels completely of today.” - Theatermania: http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/the-skin-of-our-teeth_80181.html

THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD

Signature Theater Company

“The character of And Bigger and Bigger and Bigger (Reynaldo Piniella) is unmistakably representing Trayvon Martin. I really wanted to run out of the theatre when a noose was placed around his neck and he was pulled up toward the grid high over the large tree branch that transversed the stage. This was so difficult to watch as Piniella’s expression was so consistently youthful; there was hope in his voice even as he was being condemned.” - New York Theatre Guide: http://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/reviews/deathofthelastblackman16.htm


“Mr. Piniella and Ms. Murray bring the horrific deaths of young men of color to a stark level of authenticity.” - Theatre Reviews Limited: http://www.theatrereviews.com/off-broadway-review-the-death-of-the-last-black-man-in-the-whole-entire-world-aka-the-negro-book-of-the-dead-at-the-pershing-square-signature-center/

I & YOU

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

“and a strong performance from another new face for the house, Reynaldo Piniella, Anthony.” 

-St. Louis Eats: http://stlouiseats.typepad.com/st_louis_eats_and_drinks_/theaterfilm-reviews/


“The accomplished young actors, Carlacci and Piniella, complement each other physically and emotionally. Piniella, who’s at least a head taller than Carlacci, exudes the lanky sweetness of a kid who’s not quite accustomed to his long arms and legs. And when he talks about the musician he loves, he explains with such physical ardor, leaning over Caroline’s bed or flopping onto her bean bag chair, that we believe this unlikely choice is Anthony’s passion, not Gunderson’s.” -STL Today: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/reviews/poetry-unlocks-doors-in-the-drama-i-and-you/article_58392b43-36ff-530c-aac1-6b5f117cf50e.html


“Reynaldo Piniella does full justice to Anthony’s blitzkrieg charm as well as to the darker side that emerges in (for example) his story of a tragedy at school. He shows us Anthony’s kindness as well as his exuberance. Like Ms. Carlacci, he delivers a well-rounded and utterly real performance.” -KDHX: http://kdhx.org/arts/theater-reviews/at-the-rep-studio-i-and-you-explores-surpising-connections


“Piniella’s Anthony is all gangly boy, perplexed by girls and passionate about jazz. Smart and gregarious, he comes alive while unlocking the meaning of Whitman’s words. Piniella is a glib, natural talent who doesn’t strike a false note.” -Belleville News-Democrat: http://www.bnd.com/entertainment/article42987993.html


“Piniella ably handles his character’s upbeat persona in broad strokes that accentuate the more direct aspects of Anthony as well as more casual and subtle asides significant to the story.” - Ladue News: http://www.laduenews.com/arts-and-culture/features/an-unlikely-duo-bond-in-i-and-you-theater-review/article_f643ad7a-826b-11e5-98f0-0fd552f8d44b.html

HONKY

Urban Stages

“In spite of the strong cast-wide performances, it is Chris Myers and Reynaldo Piniella that steal the show. Playing random teenagers on the train, they cross paths with several of the characters throughout the production. Their antics personify the stereotypical behaviors of many New Yorkers on the train, but their interactions and facial expressions in particular are hilarious.” -Review Fix- http://reviewfix.com/2013/03/honky-review-all-for-the-kicks/

 

“And the brilliant cast of eight performers accompanied us on this comedic social rollercoaster...Chris Myers and Reynaldo Piniella who portray playground thugs, and provide a social consciousness. -HarlemWorldMag.com

“And the actors- certainly the principles, but especially Chris Myers and Reynaldo Piniella who play Kid 1 and 2- are unbelievably funny.” - Cultural Capital- http://culturalcapitol.com/2013/03/23/honky/#more-7576

“When two black kids (Chris Myers and Reynaldo Piniella) peddle cure-all pharmaceuticals on the train, or when the same kids in different guises philosophize about the morality of atheism before robbing a white man at gunpoint, we marvel at their finesse and at the absurdity of the situations.” - New York Theatre Review

“There are three important scenes which take place in a subwaycar which feature impressively staged dream ballets (“danced” beautifully by Kid 1 and Kid 2 played by Chris Myers and Reynaldo Piniella respectively) -Theatre Reviews Limited  

“Reynaldo Piniella and Delance Minefee show great passion, energy, and diction as muggers who talk very differently, depending on who their target is.” -NY Blueprint- http://nyblueprint.com/articles/view.aspx?id=1426

THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN

Syracuse Stage

Baltimore Center Stage

“Reynaldo Piniella as Lust is simply that, his depiction of this aspect of the human experience is done so well as Piniella goes beyond the shallow picture painted of the guy that's always seeking out that next conquest, "Did you see that girl over there, look at that...!" - Urban CNY

https://www.urbancny.com/review-syracuse-stage-presents-bold-world-premier-thoughts-of-a-colored-man-looks-into-what-african-american-men-are-thinking/

 

"Love is often seen on stage with Lust, a fun and wild guy, played by Reynaldo Piniella. The exchanges between the two were a favorite of the night." -Syracuse.com 

https://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/2019/09/beautifully-provocative-thoughts-of-a-colored-man-premieres-at-syracuse-stage-review.html

"Reynaldo Piniella brings the laughs in the wild, carefree role of Lust. He quite often steals the spotlight especially when he breaks the fourth wall with such charm." -Broadway World

https://www.broadwayworld.com/central-new-york/article/BWW-Review-The-World-Premiere-of-THOUGHTS-OF-A-COLORED-MAN-is-Captivating-at-Syracuse-Stage-20190915

What is acting when the performer no longer becomes an actor at all, but you really experience them as the character? Where does reality start when the actor becomes real to you? These are the types of questions I’ve had to ask myself after experiencing the performances of Reynaldo Piniella as Lust..." -https://medium.com/@lquintalstitt/black-man-textbook-a-less-than-ta-nehisi-review-of-thoughts-of-a-colored-man-e1205f5cf1ff