REVIEWS

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The HOUSE THEATre of CHICAGO
2020

“Especially noteworthy are Kieran McCabe and Krystal Ortiz as our two teen leads, bringing vocal prowess and gut-wrenching humanity to their respective arcs. They exist truly and wholly, living loud in living color...” - NewCity Stage

“As the angsty lead Tracey, though, Ortiz makes sure it’s not an all-male desert out there, singing the bejesus out of the role and articulating one of the most fascinating things about teenage culture…” - the Chicago Tribune

“Ortiz as Tracey uses her powerful voice in “Breaking Out,” “You Belong” and “Do I Belong” with her parents, plus her own version of “Broken Home.” … The four band members are all convincingly teenagers (although hardly tweens) and Ortiz as Tracey is particularly compelling. Her speech on the importance of being alive and angry is a high point of act two.” - Third Coast Review

“And if this cast were to go into the studio to record a cast album? I would be there to buy the first pressing.” - Chicago Sun-Times
 

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SIDESHOW THEATER COMPANY
2019
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“Krystal Ortiz, who recently appeared at Griffin Theatre in “For Services Rendered,” and in “Lettie” at Victory Gardens, is charming and appropriately sassy and feisty as Mattie” - Chicago Theatre Review

 

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FOR SERVICES RENDERED
GRIFFIN THEATER COMPANY
2019

“. . . filled with fascinating character studies, ranging from . . . to Lois Ardsley (Krystal Ortiz, a whopping young talent).” - Chicago Tribune

“Ortiz is a formidable sparkler as the seductive emblem of “a younger generation.”” - WTTW

LETTIE
Victory gardens theater
2018
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“As Layla, Ortiz infuses some much needed light into this necessarily dark play. Ortiz has a levity and an earnestness to her performance that serves the role so well.” - BroadwayWorld

 

“... Ortiz gives a commendable performance that captures Layla's swift transformation from eager people-pleaser to cynical teen” - TheaterMania

 

“As 14-year-old Layla, Krystal Ortiz captures a teenager’s desperation to understand her identity ...” - Variety

 

“Krystal Ortiz is a charming and hopeful Layla, somehow untouched by the blighted atmosphere of her home life.” - Chicagoland Theater Reviews

 

“Lettie’s daughter Layla (also brilliantly performed by Krystal Ortiz) ...” - NewCity Stage

 

“And as sweet-natured, charismatic daughter Layla, Krystal Ortiz stands out as Lettie’s only ray of sunshine in her life.” - Chicago Theatre Review

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LA HAVANA MADRID
TEATRO VISTA / STEPPENWOLF 1700
2017

“Maria (Krystal Ortiz) ... is the first to tell her story, and it is a sweet-sad blend of discovery, slow assimilation, and homesickness rich with often funny details… it’s so touching and beautifully told by Ortiz.” - Hyde Park Herald

“While the entire ensemble is wonderful, Krystal Ortiz’s Maria is pitch-perfect, a wide-eyed teen longing for her family but ecstatic to connect with music old and new in her adopted country and city.” - Chicago Theater Beat

 

“Our first story, presented by 13-year-old orphan Maria (Krystal Ortiz), is a good introduction to this era. Her innocence and excitement about coming to a new country sets an upbeat tone and reminds us how America is portrayed in other countries. Ortiz’s buoyant delivery shows this positive attitude on a new chapter in life, which becomes a motif for the evening.” - PerformInk