"Claro Austria, as Planchet, is hilarious and energetic every moment he is on stage.
Thanks to his impressive fighting technique and agility, he steals the spotlight in one
"When one bully refers to him as a “Pipsqueak,” Austria flies into high dudgeon and
slashes his arms in a series of martial arts commands before dispatching the miscreant.
This anachronistic break through the fourth wall goes over fabulously with the audience."
"We tumble delightfully forward with bravura moments including a delay as Passepartout is plied with opium as actor Claro Austria tips and totters in hilarious bemusement. Austria tackles Passepartout with glee, panache, and a few flips; put-upon servant mixes with antic kid in a sleek, winning performance." - Ithaca Times, 7/2/2014
"Austria's work as Passepartout, often considered to be the "plum" role of the piece, could be a study in facial expression, physical gesture, and all-out stage athleticism. He's that good."
"Passepartout’s irresistibly elegant. Small, svelte and acrobatic, Claro Austria is a veritable Puck, full of witty surprises. He charms with a silly dignity and oh-so-French accent (the Apaches wanted to make him a 'chef,' and he repeatedly consults his reliable pocket watch, his 'timepiss')."
"Also reprising his role was Claro Austria, a gleeful, manic, ever-tumbling Puck who drew gasps when he vaulted onto the shoulders of Sullivan."
Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra &
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
"with the agility of an acrobat and the ability to switch from conniving and petulant to innocent and wistful in the blink of an eye, Claro Austria shines as mischievous Puck."
"punctuated only by the swift and muscular machinations of Claro Austria's Puck, who maneuvers with cartoon-like speed, seemingly appearing in several places at once."
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
"The Shakespeare Festival's Puck is Claro Austria, a compact actor with an intriguing face and a frame as muscular as the performance he gives. His acrobatic Puck feels, but seems rarely to think - an innocent left to tame the night using intuition and his own naive wiles. Austria's performance also brands the entire production: exhilaratingly physical and studded with theatrical surprises." - The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/14/2009
The ethereal quality is epitomized by Claro Austria, who, as a very buff and eager-faced Puck, seems to defy gravity and certainly gravitas with one-armed flips, deft tumbles and trampoline-like leaps over set pieces." - The Press Newspapers, 7/28/2009
"With the help of his wildly energetic, acrobatic, joyful assistant Puck (Claro Austria) who spends lots of time catapulting through the air or perched on Oberon as they observe the mortals, the two cook up some mischief to visit on Titania. The results are hilarious. A night with Oberon and Titania, Puck, and the faeries will leave you enchanted, wishing for more, and wondering if you dreamt it all."
- Philadelphia Performing Arts Examiner, 7/24/2009
"The shining star, however, was Robin Goodfellow, better known as Puck, played by Claro Austria, who also played the role of Philostrate. He was irresistibly charming, the quintessential Puck, incorporating athletic dance and wit into the character."
- Kurtztown to Allentown, 7/28/2009
"....and Claro Austria's petite Puck an astonishing powerhouse of leaps and tumbles." - readingeagle.com, 7/16/2009
"Claro Austria is marvelously agile and compelling as Puck, Oberon's mysterious underworld spirit." - themorningcall.com, 7/14/2009
"The show was spectacular and in my mind, the mischievous sprite named Puck, played by Claro Austria, stole the show. Claro's athleticism and talent really came to life as he used a magic love potion on several lost lovers in the woods." - Lehigh Valley Insight, 7/13/2009
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Pennyslvania Shakespeare Festival
"The three witches, here called yojos, are outstanding. Shigeko Suga, Claro Austria and Emi F. Jones are a mesmerizing trio."
- Associated Press, 11/12/2008
"Shigeko Suga, Claro Austria, and Emi F. Jones make a commanding trio of Yojos."
- Back Stage, 11/12/2008
"From the intense samurai battles to the ritual tea ceremonies to the three wonderfully weird Yojos, Shogun Macbeth is a captivating take on Shakespeare's murderous tale of ambition and greed." - Village Voice, 11/18/2008
"Shigeko Suga, Claro Austria, and Emi F. Jones make impressive spirits with their stylized movement, incantations and sound effects. In other costumes, they appear later in the play as the Ninja warriors who commit Macbeth's murders and finally as his servants in the final scenes." - theaterscene.net, 11/18/2008
"three punk/Kabuki-styled Yojos (witches) played by Shigeko Suga, Claro Austria, and Emi F. Jones. They are at once chilling, amusing, and adept in both observing as well as spurring the characters' actions like rickshaw drivers gone mad." - offoffonline.com, 11/12/2008
"The acting, superb and exciting , was pure drama, particularly in the roles of the three witches who were transformed into Japanese spirits."
- Education Update Online, 12/1/2008
Pan Asian Repertory Theater
"Claro Austria's brilliantly agile Puck is fascinating to watch." - LA Weekly
"Puck, played to perfection by Claro Austria, changes Nick Bottom into an ass."
- Ocean Park Gazette, 6/17/2004
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum