"Otero is dead on with her balance of unsympathetic frankness and compassionate support."
"...compelling is Nairoby Otero’s Ilana. Otero gives the character her needed peaks and valleys of humor and pathos. Ilana can easily slip into caricature, but Otero keeps her character away from that fate by injecting into each of her lines a transcendent honesty familiar to anyone who has ever had something, and then lost it."
The Public Review
"As Ilana, Nairoby Otero embodies her character's initial reticence fully. She uses her body language and slouchy posture to indicate that Ilana has lost hope and delivers her lines with the appropriate amount of bite."
"Ilana, played by the stunning Nairoby Otero...truly touching, genuine, and so truthfully acted by Otero, a true theatre star."
"Otero masters that disheveled, sleep-till-noon, never-leave-my-robe indolence that tragedy often elicits...Otero is perfect as a woman skirting with the edge of her breaking point."
"Nairoby Otero’s Ilana is a bitch-on-wheels when we meet her, fending off these intrusive, bothersome men. She manages to shift out of that crouch and blooms into a woman ready to get it together."
Front Row Center
"Nairoby Otero as Roberta is a wondrous feisty spitfire, whose energy never subsides and deeply conveys the character’s poignant sense of despair...expertly delivers Shanley’s identifiably unique dialogue, getting all of the laughs while achieving pathos."
"Michael Micalizzi and Nairoby Otero (as Roberta and Danny) are capable actors who elicited sympathy and understanding for often unsympathetic characters."
"Micalizzi and Otero are electric as the duo who transition from strangers to the only two people in the world who know each other best...such raw performances from her cast, you’d think you were actually a fly on the wall in some dive bar."
"Ms. Otero plays with a great clarity of intention; she doesn’t back down from Roberta’s single-minded resolve to “fix” Danny, or more accurately to play out a fantasy in an attempt to convince herself it’s possible for her to love and be loved...Ms. Otero and Mr. Micalizzi have an easy chemistry as a couple."
"Nairoby Otero is an absolute delight, radiating warmth and humor. The true heart of the play, she always seems to possess a wry smile that she uses rather effectively, even when talking about getting an abortion, conjuring up her deceased mother’s spirit for guidance, or trying to convince her abused friend to call the cops."
Otero delivers convincing performances in her portrayal of three characters: the young girl, her mother, and a man named Pepe from the local neighborhood who plays dominos religiously and can’t stop talking about Cuban and American politics.