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  • J.Lois Diamond:
    4 Jan. 2019
    This play jumps and soars off the page, full of passion and fury. Heart breaking yet full of warmth and humor. Diaz-Marcano has a unique voice, which is confident, playful and daring. I can't wait to see this produced.
  • Larry Rinkel:
    15 Dec. 2018
    Inexorably powerful and gripping. In the wake of Hurricane Maria and the hell on earth that is now Puerto Rico, cousins Mariel and Toño are locked in a stalemate where she tries to prevent him from committing mass murder to call attention to the neglected island's suffering. They resolve it by playing a kids' game with the result that Toño kills himself, and Mariel is left to wipe up his blood with the "paper towels" that were Donald Trump's horrifically insufficient response to the crisis.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    20 Apr. 2018
    "I am empty of words which is why I’m holding this big ass weapon."

    These words to the heart of a problem that we must reckon with as a country. The catalyst for this play and the situation may have been Hurricane Maria, but the build up is centuries old. Diaz-Marcano creates a play that goes beyond the political and touches the deeply human. At its center is love. A wounded love, but love nevertheless. It's the lashing out of the desperate and suffering. A marvelous play that bears reading and discussion, no matter how uncomfortable that conversation.
  • J. Julian Christopher:
    21 Mar. 2018
    This play takes off from the jump and then soars. It felt as if I was reading for only 5 minutes and then it was over. The pace and skill of the dialogue is so good. An explosive two-hander that is extremely important right now. Puerto Rico 4Eva.
  • Micki Shelton:
    21 Mar. 2018
    Wow! Everything about this play is perfect, and the way it weaves together and responds to the issues of gun control, racism, war, twisted truth, and Hurricane Maria (both actual and metaphorical) and its effect on the people of Puerto Rico is astonishing. Diaz-Mariano's dialogue carries the story along so you can't stop reading. I agree with Rachael, "this play is a freight train." It's the kind of play that encourages me to improve so I can write a play as good as this. "Paper Towels" needs to be produced and now!
  • Greg Burdick:
    16 Dec. 2017
    “Nothing catches more attention than a mass shooting in this country.” I realized that I was holding my breath as I read, desperate to know how Toño would respond to the pleas of his cousin. Diaz-Marcano ratchets up the tension to what feels like the breaking point, and then mercilessly torques it even harder. This play is a skillful, passionate response to what so many rightfully feel to be a gross injustice. Don’t understand the dumb-struck shock islanders felt post-hurricane as they were presented with the paper towels? The end of this play may help with that.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    12 Dec. 2017
    Oh my God — this play is a freight train! I think I stopped breathing on page two and off it goes from there — Strong and powerful, but with these exquisite little morsels of comedy that release you enough for the tense drama to snare you again and again. Diaz-Marcano packs a conversation over time and space, from personal to universal, imbuing seemingly surface moments with quandary. This operates at a subatomic level — fierce, relevant and accented with gobsmacking poetry. Damn. This is the stuff.
  • Asher Wyndham:
    26 Nov. 2017
    How do we respond collectively and individually to trauma and tragedy, especially when words are not enough? That is a question for everyone, but it's also a question, the play seems to ask, for Puerto Ricans, a people for a long time that have wrestled with the idea of freedom without the United States. Post-Hurricane Maria, the play persuades islanders to consider now is the time for 'reckoning' - but what is the appropriate response when there's so much anger? Paper towels are not enough to clean up the mess, the tears and blood. Read this now.