"The incredible Christina Carlisi totally embodies this movement innovator with her very first hand gestures. Carlisi nails the physicality (the dancer's posture and carriage) of the aging, yet eternally youthful dancer effortlessly demonstrating Ms. Graham's iconic moves. The charismatic Carlisi authentically communicates Ms. Graham's delicious and creative spirit via Melaver's clever, snappy-lined narratives."
"There are moments of magic when Carlisi seems to channel the spirit of Graham.
When Carlisi elegantly tangles herself in a telephone cord revealing the magnificent geometry of Graham's technique or performs Graham's iconic shrouded solo "Lamentation," the mood of these scenes shifts into an almost awe-inspiring register. Similarly, a serene sparkle comes into her eye as she pretends to cup in her hands the face of Erick Hawkins, Graham's one-time husband and dance partner.
When graced with Melaver's lyrical gems of Graham-like wisdom — "If you give your body limits, suddenly you will see how limitless it is" — Carlisi's performance can be incandescent.
– Los Angeles Times
Christina Carlisi and Choreographer Camille Loftin at Ovation Awards
Awards and Accolades for MARTHA
2018 Valley Theatre Award - Best Solo Play
Ovation Award Nomination - Best Actress
Christina Carlisi accepting her Valley Theatre Award
Christina Carlisi with
Director Stewart J. Zully and Bryan Rasmussen