Reviews

 

“IN THE HEIGHTS”

“Jon Rua, as Sonny's friend Graffiti Pete, also makes a strong impression, particularly in his interpretation of Andy Blankenbuehler's hyperkinetic choreography. He moves with a sharp precision and a buoyant energy...” 

                                                                                                                Theatermania.com

                                                                                                                 Sept 15, 2010, New York, NY                                                                                                                    

“BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL”


“In the field of excellence...Jon Rua, as Twig a geeky white kid who has formidable rapping skills and a sweet thing for Bridget.”   

   

                                                                                                               Arts Center Theater

                                                                                                                Jan 30, 2011, Atlanta, GA


“Standouts include...Jon Rua(very funny as Twig)...”

  

                                                                                                                Atlanta In Town               

                                                                                                                Feb 2, 2011, Atlanta, GA

“SOMEWHERE”

“Rua, another “In The Heights” Alum, is also excellent...he’s a versatile dancer, hopping on tables and soft-shoeing as though this were the age of Fred Astaire”                                                                        

                                                                                                            -Los Angeles times-


“Grocery clerk Alejandro (Jon Rua) was a kid actor with Yul Brynner in the “King and I” and can still go tap-for-tap with Jamie (leo Ash Evens), now working as Jerome Robbin’s Assistant”

                                                                                                                -Variety-


“Jon is outstanding as the younger brother Alejandro, a conflicted soul who can not live out his own dream because he’s stepping in for their missing father. (Who is coming back...or is he?)”

                                                                                                              -La Jolla Light-


“Jon Rua finally breaks out of the doldrums and shows us why his mother is so hell bent on his continuing dancing.  he is talent personified as his improv dance number pushes the small area on the white stage to the limits.”

                                                                                                                 -Examiner.com-


“So, can Jon Rua, engaging throughout as Alejandro, trip the light fantastic?...Rua cuts loose with an interpretive number...graceful spins and slo-mo glides---that exceeds expectations(his bio says he’s on faculty of the Broadway Dance Center in New York...it shows).”

                                                                                                                 -San diego Reader-


“Somewhere,’ which takes it’s name from the ‘West Side’ song, has plenty of good things going for it at the Globe, starting with jon rua as the pensive Alejandro”

                                                                                                                  -Sign On San Diego-


“Jon Rua is almost as intensly charismatic a dance presence as Miss Lopez (high praise!) and he shapes the anguished drives of the older son through virtuoso solos and duets nearly without flaw.”

                                                                                                                 -SanDiego.com-


“Rua is enigmatic as the pensive Jandro”

                                                                                                                   -SDGLN.com-


“Actor/dancer Jon Rua does a slow burn as Alejandro, whose frustration explodes in a thrilling second-act dance solo.  He’s an understated Actor and a fine, fearless dancer.”

                                                                                                           -North County Times-


“rua excellently portrays the emotional strain Alejandro bears...equally impressive is Rua’s dancing, a talent the cast continually praises but Alejandro denies. He finally confirms to the audience that they are not exaggerating when performing a gene kelly-esque solo---all the more appropriate since the play is set in musical’s heyday of the late 50’s and early 60’s.”

                                                                                                                 -Pomeredo News-


“His younger brother Alejandro (solidly and sensitively played by actor/dancer Jon rua) is both a writer and the realist in the family

                                                                                                                -DesertlocalNews.com-

“Jon Rua (Alejandro) fares best. He’s a good actor and does his best to find the threads...of his character.”

                                                                                                               -San Diego LGBT Weekly-


“Hands on a Hardbody”

“The cast of ‘hands on a Hardbody’ is graced with well known favorites and startling discoveries...Jon rua plays Jesus...his rousing, sardonic number, “Born in Laredo” speaks to the prejudice of the contest organizers...these are thrilling performances.”   

                                                                                                                         -New York Theater-


“...The song “Born in Laredo” which is beautifully Sung by Jon Rua in the role of a Mexican-America veterinary student”

                                                                                                                        -Edge NYC-


“...some of the other outstanding performances...there’s also Jon Rua, playing a misunderstood Mexican-American who sings “Born in Laredo”

                                                                                                                      -WSJ.com Associated Press-


“The hispanic kid(Jon Rua) must not be underestimated.”

                                                                                                                        -Newsday-


“Some Less familiar Faces or utterly new presences do still better: Jon Rua”

                                                                                                                         -The village Voice-


“..Cast whose 15 members, like the show itself, take impressive and rewarding care to steer clear of credibility-killing cliches: Every one of them is bracingly true to life”

                                                                                                                          -WSJ.com-


“The graceful Jon rua...makes a real impression as a dancer”

                                                                                                                          -TheaterJones-


“These seasoned Broadway performers wring every bit of drama out of the script...with great songs, such as Rua’s Jesus, who sings “Born in Laredo” a great piece piece about ethnic profiling”

                                                                                                                  -San Diego LGBT-


“Jesus (Jon Rua) wows us with his story of discrimination and love for his dog in “Born in Laredo”

                                                                                                                          -La Jolla Light-


“The show boasts memorable characters...the proud immigrant’s son Jesus(Jon Rua)”


                                                                                                                        -U-T San Diego-

“Kung Fu”

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t praise the very agile Jon Rua (Hands on a Hardbody, In the Heights) who moved with incredible finesse through all of the numbers and played the endearing Matthew.”         

                                                                                                                         -ARTS in Color

Certainly, they’ve got the kung fu moves down, and they display a friendly upbeat energy, often leaping across multiple roles...Jon Rua...is especially personable.”


                                                                                                                -Upstage-Downstage