Bull in a China Shop, About Face Theatre

 

You on the Moors Now, The Hypocrites

 

"While the dramatic action and comedic material is spread well across the entire cast, the chemistry between Gavino and Balaban is particularly explosive... Gavino is the true revelation as Cathy, a firebrand capable of reaching deep within herself to dredge out hideous truths that are somehow beautiful in the right light."
          -  Kevin Greene, NewCity Chicago

"And as for Cathy, Gavino’s pointedness and poise capture our hearts as she rides the heart of the play, playing both with piratical pizzaz and utter earnestness." 
          -  Ben Kemper, Chicago Theatre Review
 
"I want to binge watch Emjoy Gavino." 
           - Marti Lyons, director of Title and Deed and Prowess
 

Death and Harry Houdini, The House Theatre of Chicago

 

"Emjoy Gavino shines as Marks, bringing warmth, charisma, defiance, and melodrama to the character in perfect harmony; it’s impossible to leave the play without wanting to be her friend."
         - Jessie Bond, Splash Magazine
"Simpkins and Gavino are fantastic to watch from their mannerisms to their night and day personalities...When we’re allowed into the depths of their emotions, we feel the love these two share."
          -  Alexis Bugajski, Picture This Post

"Gavino gracefully acts her way through remarkable character growth in the show's 80 minutes." 
          -  Marissa Oberlander,  Chicago Reader
 
"Fun to watch spiral into chaos is Emjoy Gavino as Jeannette Marks, who is well past folding under the weight of a career, students, and conventional wifedom she never asked for.." 
           - Sean Margaret Wagner, Theatre by Numbers
 

Vietgone, Writers Theatre

 

"...the delicious Emjoy Gavino..."
         - Kris Vire, Chicago Sun-Times
"Emjoy Gavino is phenomenally great, playing a number of roles."
           - Kelly Kleiman, The Dueling Critics
"Emjoy Gavino...almost stole the show with her performance."
          -  Brenda McCain, The Chicago Defender
 
"An especially warm performance by Emjoy Gavino..."
           - Tony Adler, Chicago Reader
"Gavino gives a bravely comic performance as Tong's mother.
            - Richard Pahl, Northwest Herald
 

Cry it Out, Studio Theatre

 

"Emjoy Gavino radiates enormous appeal as the decent and loving Jessie. She also conveys the immense naïvete of a woman who has lived in a privileged, erudite world."
          -  Amy Kotkin, DC Metro 
"Gavino, in more of the straight-man role, brings real empathy to Jessie’s early struggles, particularly the deep sense of fear and protectiveness she feels."
         - Missy Frederic, DC Theatre Scene
"Emjoy Gavino, sweetly and sincerely giving everyone neighbor FOMO..."
          - Rebecca Ritzel, Washington City Paper
 
 

Fallen Angels, Remy Bumppo Theatre

 

"You have the rare Coward comedy that is dominated by strong women...[Gavino is] entertaining to behold." 
     - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
 
"Conversation is droll and riddled with sophisticated barbs from Gavino. With razor-sharp timing and a refined tongue, Gavino delivers her jabs for pure comedy gold. She lingers over a word or a name with wicked grandeur.  Emjoy Gavino [does] physical comedy like [she is] tanked on liquid courage.."
     -  Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
 
"The physical humor of the piece is extremely well-realized, particularly so from the leading duo of Gavino and Stoughton."
     - Keith Glab, Chicago Theater Beat
 
"I had a hard time believing [she wasn't] actually drunk."
     --  Remy Bumppo Patron
 

Realish Housewives, Second City Theatricals

 

"As the cartoonish Desiree, Gavino has the most challenging part to play and with her helium voiced delivery and winking dunderheadness, she's dingbat-tastic." 
         -  Gary Zeidner, Boulder Weekly
"Gavino, the ditzy neck-model Desiree, was always on point." 
         - Chris Arnesen, BWW.com
"The scene stealer is Emjoy Gavino, who plays a froyo-addicted neck model... She is sweet, bless her heart, but so dumb that when she sips champagne her mouth can’t seem to find the straw."
         - Michael Morain, Des Moines Register
"Desiree is a neck model and a fro-yo addict, and Gavino gives her all the squeaky kookiness you'd expect from such a airhead."
        -  Perry Tannenbaum, Broadway World
 
"How did she do that with her voice? Doesn't that hurt?" 
         - Denver Center for the Performing Arts Patron
"Gavino is memorable as a brilliant mathematician whose starry-eyed desire to please her boss is laced with sincere – but never sappy – adoration that will be instantly relatable to anyone who has ever been in love or infatuated."
              - Catey Sullivan, Chicago Theater Beat
"She broke my heart." 
              - Court Theatre patron

 

The Hard Problem, Court Theatre

 

"The radiant Gavino plays Bess with an undercurrent of the sadness that came with knowing she was third in her husband’s life, after his career and his idolized mother."
              - Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
"Harry's love interest [is] Bess, a charming and devoted Emjoy Gavino." 
              - Aaron Krause, Theatre Criticism  - Miami
"I was rooting for her the whole time...TEAM BESS!"
              - Adrienne Arsht Center patron

 

M. Butterfly, Court Theatre

 

"The women...are excellent. Emjoy Gavino is hilarious and terrifying as Comrade Chin (and others)."
     -  David Zak, Chicago Stage Standard

"As a devoted government official, Emjoy Gavino employs the intensity and grace that make her one of Chicago's most in-demand actresses." 
     -- Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat
 
"I liked the part when she screamed."
     -  CourtTheater Patron
 

4000 Miles, Northlight Theatre

 

"...delicate sketchwork which also encompasses brief but lovely turns by [Emjoy Gavino]."
     -  Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

"Amanda, played with a flourish by Emjoy Gavino..." 
     -- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
 
"I loved [her]! Such a skank!"
     --  NorthlightTheater Patron
 

The Drunken City, Steppenwolf Theatre: Next Up

 

Failure: A Love Story, Victory Gardens Theatre

 
 
 
 
 
 
​"Emjoy Gavino is a winning Jenny June..."
           - Michael J Roberts, Showbiz Chicago
"Gavino sings and swims with fearless moxie." 
            - Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh

"Emjoy Gavino radiates spunk as Jenny June."
         -Tony Adler, Chicago Reader

"I cried like a little bitch, watching Emjoy Gavino give fast-talking soul-searching realness."
            - Ike Holter, writer of Hit the Wall
"The cast each had their moments and the staging was manic and funny. Emjoy Gavino [was] particularly effective."
     -  Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

"Gavino is the embodiment of vivacity and delight.
     -- Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat
 
"[She] must be a professional drinker." 
     -- Steppenwolf Theater Patron
 

Working, Broadway Playhouse

"Knockout performer, Emjoy Gavino..." 
        - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"She's heartbreaking as the weary factory worker who does the lead vocals on Taylor's "Millwork." Gavino [is an exceptional singer]..."
       -John Olson, Talkin Broadway

"[She was] so good...my Dad ugly-cried!"
     - Lin Manuel Miranda, writer of Hamilton and In the Heights

​​"I still listen to that mix tape [she] gave me!" 
      - Stephen Schwartz, composer o​f Working and Wicked

Wait Until Dark, Court Theatre

 "[It's] worth it for granting us Gavino’s breakout performance...Her transformation from damsel in distress to worthy adversary is physically convincing and utterly winning; the final, pitch-black showdown...supplies edge-of-your-seat satisfaction."
       -Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

"In Emjoy Gavino, Parson has an endearing, resilient and charming heroine. Susy is a woman of both determination and an oh-so-human streak of something that flirts with laziness.  There’s a journey as she develops the autonomy needed to foil a killer, and Emjoy has the audience rooting for her every step of the way."
        -  Catey Sullivan, The Examiner


Arabian Nights, Lookingglass Theatre

"Emjoy Gavino [was] exceptionally fluid, portraying a variety of different characters."
       -Katy Walsh, Chicago Now

  "She was fabulous...the girl sure can do 'fear.' "​
      -Beth Finke, NPR Commentator and author of Long Time, No See


 

The Violet Hour, Repertory Actor's Theatre

 

"The entrancing Emjoy Gavino...sparkling throughout her Plaza Hotel mania..."
     -  Annie Wagner, The Stranger 

"The major accomplishment of the men in the cast...is not getting in the way of the women, for it is they who give the play life.
As Rosamund, Emjoy Gavino comes to the edge of psychosis while remaining believable."
      -- Leah Green, Seattle Times

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