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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble – Chicago, IL

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“Quintanilla’s performance shows great dexterity and care, avoiding the trap of an empty stereotype, grounding the piece in real, human depth.”

“It’s a tall order to reference and draw from that kind of iconic best-friendship without leaving the audience out in the cold. Teressa LaGamba (Sam) and Robert Quintanilla (Leo) have the chemistry, skill and the comedic chops to pull it off.”

-New City Stage, Erin Shea Brady

“It is oftentimes very funny, thanks very much to the chemistry between LaGamba and Quintanilla. They are charming and oddball in the right ways, with a great sense of comedic timing and just the right amount of sentimentality.”

-Third Coast Review, Matthew Nerber

“Teressa LaGamba as Sam and Robert Quintanilla as Leo both bristled with energy and had chemistry to spare. I absolutely bought their friendship with its fights and its in-jokes and everything in between. A transitional scene which has them lip syncing to a song in a routine clearly honed over many years was charming as all get out.”

-Chicago Theatre Review, Kevin Curran

“In the text’s most dramatic moments, LaGamba, Quintanilla, and Ervin remain grounded (under the stellar direction of Jessica Fisch). Though the trio might not jibe fictitiously, as actors, they work together tremendously.”

“Quintanilla and LaGamba have an electric, vibrant chemistry,”

“There is a lot of charm in this play, and the first 40 minutes in particular are some of the most fun, unabashedly joyous theatre I have seen in a long time.”

-The Hawk Chicago, Emily Schmidt

Boho Theatre – Chicago, IL

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“Robert Quintanilla is remarkable as Karl, one of the characters from Edward’s whimsical tales. A gentle behemoth with a delicate cultural palette and thirst for learning, Mr. Quintanilla’s performance is reminiscent of Andre the Giant’s turn in The Princess Bride. His work is just as endearing as the former wrestler’s in that film, however, accompanied by stronger diction.”

-The Broadway Blog, Becky Sarwate

“Quintanilla, for example, makes a wonderful Karl in both his cave-dweller and scholar modes (and I don’t know if he had ever used stilts before this, but his movements in them are wonderfully natural).”

-Chicago on Stage, Karen Topham

“Other standout performances include Caitlin Dobbins as a witch (her soulful take of “I Know What You Want” left me wanting more) and Robert Quintanilla as the gentle giant Karl.”

-NewCity Chicago, Nicole Schecter

“Karl the Giant , played by Robert Quintanilla with style and grace ( and can he dance!).”

-Around the Town, Alan Bresloff

“Schellhardt's cast is a true, tight ensemble; everyone has everyone else's back, and as a result everyone shines—and the story unfolds with a grace that keeps the audience riveted.”

-The Reader, Jack Helbig

Griffin Theatre – Chicago, IL

Black Button Eyes – Chicago, IL

"Robert Quintanilla’s nerdy Ed blossoms when he becomes a demon and proves, as in past shows like “Yank!,” that he’s a musical theatre actor to be taken seriously."
- Chicago Theatre Review, Colin Dougles
"Robert Quintanilla who played both Ed...and the famous wall moose, was playful and captivating in each role."
- Rescripted, Lonnae Hickman

Quest Theatre Ensemble – Chicago, IL

“Quintanilla's performance of the show's most well-known tune "Try to Remember" hits all the right notes. There's an acknowledgement of an underlying current of sadness behind any memory of things past, but there is a gentle sweetness as well.”

–, Misha Davenport


“Dashing Robert Quintanilla makes a handsome, El Gallo. He and Fane deliver a strong “I Can See It,” while Williams and Quintanilla wow the audience with their rousing “Round and Round.”’

“The show’s best moments are its quieter scenes, such as…El Gallo’s lovely rendition of “Try to Remember”

– Chicago Theatre Review – Colin Douglas


“The familiar opening song, “Try to Remember,” sung by Robert Quintanilla as El Gallo is superb. His smoldering presence, graceful manor and smooth singing and speaking voice captivates throughout the production.”

- Chicagoland Musical Theatre, Betsy Wolfe


“That haunting song—“Try to remember the kind of September when…” is the opener. Even with just that first phrase, and the sweet voice of Robert Quintanilla as El Gallo…you latch.”

“Quintanilla and Adam Fane in both acting and singing deliver solid performances worth noting.”

- Picture This Post, Amy Munice

The Public Theatre – San Antonio, Tx