“RECOMMENDED – Alik furnishes a new perspective on one of the most famous events in American history . . .  smartly underscores [Lee Harvey] Oswald’s faults while providing insight into his mental instability as seen through the eyes of his wife, Marina .”

— Lara J. Altunian, Stage Raw LA

Lauren Fordinal and Justin Powell in Alik at Wende Museum of the Cold War. (Photo by Daniel Kane)

“Vera’s play is wonderful heightened reality, august in its flow, and breathes at times like Chekov . . . It is amazing in its simplicity and movement . . .  There is an extraordinary amount of work here . . . Run! Run! Run!  And bring a mysterious comrade!”

— Joe Straw, joestraw9


“Vera has fashioned a compelling drama . . . opened at the exact moment in which the American public is once again obsessed with gun violence.”

— Bob Gelfand, CityWatch Los Angeles

“Julio Vera is a superb craftsman…there’s an active meta-theatricality in Alik that reminds one of a SALESMAN or GLASS MENAGERIE…This is a very smart playwright, knowledgeable about actors and dramatic action… The BIG QUESTION is set up in Alik and delivered by a pro…Much of the writing has a Chekhovian feel. I really love this play…solid relationships, theatricality, believable dialogue, ACTION.”

— Jeff Storer, Man Bites Dog Theater and Duke Department of Theater Studies

“The text of Alik has a maturity and sophistication that can only come with experience, intelligence, insight and a strong personal perspective…The two lead roles are fantastic…the progression of the four main characters is enthralling.”

— Stephen Berenson, Trinity Rep Company

“I think this play is remarkable. I’m amazed that no one has mined this particular part of Lee Harvey Oswald’s life. Alik seems like it’s the sort of meaty, important play that a company would want to premiere.”

— Allison Engel, playwright (with sister Margaret) Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

“Structurally, Alik bears a resemblance, oddly enough, to Death of a Salesman…If a play is going to bear a resemblance to anything, let it be Death of a Salesman…the way it weaves up and back in time and place is truly masterful… These are fascinating characters who are in some ways dreadful, in others hopeful, in all ways human.”

— Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman