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Your Problem With Men

 

“A comedy just as deliriously messy as a real breakup… What Williams has done is pour all that messy, chaotic, miserable breakup energy into a blender, pulverizing it into something almost camp.” – Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

 

“Mischievous… groping for elusive truths.” – Keith Griffith, Chicago Reader

 

“If the breakup is the appetizer, the main course of Your Problem with Men is Asun’s struggle with the solitude of being single, which lends a couple of smart monologues to a bottle of tequila and a hilarious delusion of Jane Eyre.  Emilio Willams’ script is a huge asset (…) it takes a story that could easily be a sappy melodrama and turns it into keenly clever experience for the characters and audience members. “ – Lauren W, The L-Stop

 

“With each of the characters in this play, the audience is invited to wonder if people will ever be satisfied with the love they find, or whether for each to be satisfied in their situation, a redefinition of love is required. (…) a further sense of whimsy for the game that is love—a game we’re us running in circles.” – Vickie Vértiz, Howlround

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Smartphones: A Pocket-Sized Farce

 

“Spoofing cellphone addiction, to hilarious effect” – Celia Wren, The Washington Post

“Emilio Williams’s deft, of-the-moment comedy is worth tweeting about.” – Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago
 

“Smartphones: A Pocket-Size Farce is a smart, well-executed show with just the right ratio of mockery to substance. Recommended” – Keith Griffith, Chicago Reader

“One of the funniest and cleverest pieces of absurd theater I have ever seen. (…) I laughed, I gasped, I cringed, I enjoyed every second of it. It’s theater of the absurd for the digital age.” – Jake Lindquist, Chicago Stage Style
 

“This show looks as good as next year’s iPhone upgrade.” – Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review
 

5 STARS “saw this show last nite. LMAO. 2 funny. OMG. u G2G. (…)Smartphones is one of the smartest, sharpest satires I’ve seen.” – John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Arts

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Medea's Got Some Issues

 

“Seeing “Medea’s Got Some Issues” is a little like going to brunch with your craziest friend (…) Despite how horrifying some of her justifications are, there is a centrifugal force to each word.…clever and devastatingly funny.” – Rachel Kurzius, The Washington City Paper

 

“Williams...has constructed a witty, confrontational show giving us a contemporary look into the psyche of Euripides’ Medea.” – Paul Kubicki, Stage and Cinema

 

“If I had to name the funniest thing I’ve seen so far this year, I would have to list Ana Asensio performing Emilio Williams’ one-woman show, “Medea’s Got Some Issues” as one of the strongest contenders.” – Amy Lee Pearsall, nytheatre.com

 

“A Killer comedy from a Spanish playwright (…) Witty (…) Hilarious”  – Celia Wren, The Washington Post

 

“Medea and Emilio Williams have a lot to say, and, in this tour de force performance by Lisa Hodsoll they make their points with brutal honesty and scathing humor.” – Kerstin Broockmann, Chicago Stage Standard

Tables and Beds, an unromantic comedy

 

“An odd, smart and often surprising look at contemporary romantic yearning...it’s easy to admire this production, which, in a presentation of marital woes, ever so skillfully avoids the minefield of clichés around gay and straight coupling.”  – Suzanne Scanlon, Time Out Chicago Magazine

 

“The play is modern, intelligent, fun and very well acted. 'Tables and Beds' is about love in this day and age; love, the one we live, or the one we survive! And it’s about the effect that all our past experiences have on it.” – Rafael Fuentes, El Imparcial

 

“You will have a great time with its intelligent humor, and will leave the theater with a good after-taste” –  Eva Saiz, El Pais

 

“A gentle plot, an artsy text, a sense of humor that is lighthearted and well-balanced… “Tables and Beds” receives wherever it goes a well deserved applause.” – Diario de Jaen

 

“Intelligent humor and a text that reaches great heights” – El Ideal

 

“Williams validates for a wide audience what critics had already said.” – El Duende

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A Strindberg Sonata

 

“A Strindberg Sonata” opened in 2007 in Madrid’s Alternative Theater Festival starring Mercedes Herrero. The show went on to be performed in Universidad de Salamanca, the so-called Oxford of the Spanish-speaking world. Three of the pieces were also presented in the prestigious Off-Avignon Festival in France.

 

The English version of the show has received dramatized readings in New York, Baltimore and Mary Washington University in Virginia. Actor/Director Ricardo Birnbaum presented the US premiere of “A Strindberg Sonata” in Knoxville in 2011.