What the critics have said:

“. . . What is extraordinary is the way that Malinowksi takes a bare stage, leads us through her journey and leaves us transformed . . . The play is funny and warm and her performance is compelling . . . You can’t see this play without altering the way you look at the world.” - KDHX News,St Louis

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Malinowski’s honest portrayal of a loving family and each very different and deeply developed member is relatable and one of the funniest shows of the year. Playing in an intimate space, with a performer that connects with her audience as if she is talking to them in her living room, this show will strike at all of your senses and arouse an abundance of emotions that will culminate in you leaving with a strong sense of joy and hope. Aiming For Sainthood and Arlene Malinowski are absolutely wonderful. - Tim Mcguire- Theater in Chicago

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Theatre Pick of the Week- “. . . a sheer delight. Malinowski is luminously affectionate. . . stylish and provocative. Malinowski explores the experience of growing up as the hearing child of deaf parents . . .especially captivating in her use of wit and physical comedy to illuminate character. Malinowski is an engaging performer. She adeptly depicts her loving yet contentious relationship with Deaf culture. Polished- There are laughs aplenty . .” - LA WEEKLY

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“With an exuberant Noo Joisey accent, and a face that hints of Bette Midler at her most glamorous, Malinowski is a wonder as she chronicles her teenage efforts to get a phone (of no use to her parents), and teach her fiance basic signing. She is a luminous actress and splendid writer.” - Hedy Wiess, Chicago Sun Times

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“. . Malinowski’s performance moves from heartwarmingly comic to profoundly moving as she weaves powerful memory with witty observation. . . Seamlessly she embodies a diverse series of characters. . . A magical journey between the worlds of sound and silence. . . an extraordinary piece of theatre” - Ojai Valley News

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“Malinowski succeeds beautifully with humor, hurt and tender illumination. . . a piercing performance. . . clear, insightful writing. . . Poignant and comical . . . She soars easily & gracefully with her poetic hands, expressive voice, quick character changes, compassion & great humor.” - BACKSTAGE WEST

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“. . . an honest, warm-hearted warts-and-all reliving of the difficulties and joy she faces living between two worlds and cultures, a bit of an alien in both. . . Her luminous inner beauty and devastating charm- shines through her storytelling with an almost tangible beam”. - PARK-LABREA NEWS

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“Remember her name; her work is a powerful testament to the reality that barriers can be overcome when there’s a will.” - Jane Beckett, Progress Center for Independent Living

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The work feels unique and engrossing and it has an unforced sense of humor. - Nina Metz Windy City Times

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Malinowski’s writing and performance, ably directed by Will Rogers, is utterly charming in the best sense of the word and ultimately succeeds in one of the most difficult of all theatrical aims: really, truly, getting us to care about un-hip family history and deep questions about faith and—I’ll say it—love. She pulls it off with unexpected dark humor, quirkiness and skillful transitions between fully embodying different characters. - (Monica Westin) NEW CITY STAGE

 
Arlene Malinowski

Arlene Malinowski