Review On The Abuelas


Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


The search for lost children figures at the heart of The Abuelas, a new play by Stephanie Alison Walker about Argentina’s “dirty war” at Anteaus Theatre. Such an example is Gabriella (Luisina Quarleri), a brilliant musician whose Argentine mother, Soledad (Denise Blasor), comes to town. Gabriella’s life positively unravels when a new friend, César (David DeSantos) brings to dinner an uninvited guest, and we learn that the guest, Carolina (Irene De Bari), is Gabriella’s real grandmother. This complex play might have become lugubrious but for director Andi Chapman and Anteaus’ producing team.

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.