Tour

DETROIT INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

DETROIT INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

Maria Packs the House at the 1,500 Seat Renowned Venue

CABANA CLUB - HOLLYWOOD, CA

CABANA CLUB - HOLLYWOOD, CA

Audiences Line up for Maria's "Macho Men"

MARIA AT THE D.I.A.

MARIA AT THE D.I.A.

Maria Entertains Audiences at the Detroit Institute of the Arts

MAYAN - LOS ANGLES, CA

MAYAN - LOS ANGLES, CA

Maria Rocks the House with her 'Macho Men' opening for Paul Rodriguez

PORTUGAL

PORTUGAL

Maria heads to Portugal as part of her 16 City International Tour

MICHAEL BECKWITH

MICHAEL BECKWITH

Michael Beckwith (The Secret) backstage with Maria before he introduces her at the Kodak

MAYAN THEATER

MAYAN THEATER

Maria and Paul Rodriguez bring down the house at the Mayan

D.I.A. Premier

D.I.A. Premier

Maria is interviewed by the Press for her Premier

kodak

kodak

Maria's Poster at Entrance of the Kodak Theater

NEW YORK TOUR REHEARSAL

NEW YORK TOUR REHEARSAL

Maria's Dog Xena watches as she rehearses with her dancers for her 20 City Tour

AFTER TALK

AFTER TALK

Maria addresses the audience after her Premier at the D.I.A.

DETROIT PREMIER

DETROIT PREMIER

Maria poses with premier attendees

GMCLA

GMCLA

Maria lead dancer in Afro-Cuban number with GMCLA's "Oye Mi Canto"

KODAK THEATER

KODAK THEATER

Maria sells out the Kodak Theater with over 3,500 people in attendance

PREMIER

PREMIER

Audience takes pictures

MAYAN THEATER

MAYAN THEATER

Maria rocks the house opening for Paul Rodriguez

KODAK THEATER

KODAK THEATER

After the bow at the Kodak Maria addresses the audience

D.I.A. PREMIER

D.I.A. PREMIER

Maria poses with audience members after the premier

FORD THEATER

FORD THEATER

Sold Out House at the Ford Theater in the Charles Wright African American Museum

D.I.A. PREMIER

D.I.A. PREMIER

Maria Entertains at the Detroit Institute of the Arts

D.I.A. AFTER PARTY

D.I.A. AFTER PARTY

Attendees dance Salsa at the After Party

CUBAN MUSIC LEGENDS

CUBAN MUSIC LEGENDS

Kinds of the Congas, Francisco Aguabella and Giovanni Hildalgo play together for the first time in history in Maria's 'Macho' at the Kodak Theater

PORTUGAL

PORTUGAL

Tea time at the hotel before the big show

DETROIT PREVIEW

DETROIT PREVIEW

Maria previews her 'Macho' to a sold out audience in Detroit

KODAK THEATER

KODAK THEATER

Maria shoots her award winning comedy special at the Kodak.

D.I.A. PREMIER

D.I.A. PREMIER

Maria poses with fans - in this pic a Cuban family

C.H.I.R.L.A

C.H.I.R.L.A

Audiences enjoy as Maria is the Master of Ceremonies

D.I.A. AFTER PARTY

D.I.A. AFTER PARTY

Audience Salsa dancing at the muy calliente after party

D.I.A.

D.I.A.

Maria poses with the audience

16 CITY INTERNATIONAL TOUR

16 CITY INTERNATIONAL TOUR

Maria entertains the troops overseas

D.I.A.

D.I.A.

Maria poses with fans

KODAK RED CARPET

KODAK RED CARPET

Fans pose at on the Red Carpet at the Kodak Filming

DETROIT PREVIEW

DETROIT PREVIEW

Detroit Audiences loads in

EAST COAST TOUR

EAST COAST TOUR

Maria heads off to the East Coast

DANCERS REHEARSAL

DANCERS REHEARSAL

Kodak Dance rehearsal

STANDING OVATION PREVIEW

STANDING OVATION PREVIEW

Detroit Audiences give a standing ovation for Maria's preview 'Macho' performance

MAYAN MARQEE

MAYAN MARQEE

Maria and Paul Rodriguez on the Marquee for their Mayan Show

JOHNNY POLANCO

JOHNNY POLANCO

The dynamic band plays at the 'Macho' after party in Hollywood

Standing Ovation

Standing Ovation

A sold out audience of 3,500 people give Maria a standing ovation at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood

Europe

Europe

Maria entertains in Germany

Bow with Michael Beckwith

Bow with Michael Beckwith

Maria and the cast bow at the Kodak

KUMBLE THEATER DRESSING ROOM

KUMBLE THEATER DRESSING ROOM

Maria get's ready to Rock the house at the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn

Goya - After Party Sponsors

Goya - After Party Sponsors

'MACHO' PREMIER

'MACHO' PREMIER

Audiences get ready for 'Macho Men' in Hollywood, CA

KODAK THEATER

KODAK THEATER

KINGS OF THE CONGAS

KINGS OF THE CONGAS

Grammy Award Winning Cuban Music legends, Francisco Agua Bella and Giovanni Hildalgo play in Maria's 'Macho'

KODAK BOW

KODAK BOW

Lazaro Gallaraga, Francisco Aguabella, Giovanni Hildalgo and Michael Beckwith bow with Maria after they all brought down the house at the Kodak in Maria's 'Macho'

EUROPEAN TOUR

EUROPEAN TOUR

Maria signs autographs for Army wives on her 16 city international tour

JASMINE GUY RED CARPET

JASMINE GUY RED CARPET

Actress Jasmine Guy attends Maria's 'Macho' filming at the Kodak Theater

TOUR - CHICAGO AIRPORT

TOUR - CHICAGO AIRPORT

Quick selfie on her Chicago stop for her 20 city U.S. Tour

PRAYER

PRAYER

The 'Macho' cast prays before the big show

AFTER PARTY

AFTER PARTY

Brazilian Samba dancers entertain at Maria's 'Macho' after party

ARMY WIVES

ARMY WIVES

Army Wives and fans in Europe pose with Maria after the show

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"Absolutely Outstanding... Among the best I've seen... Right up there with all the other comic greats like Lilly Tomlin and Gilda Radnar..."

-WCHB AM

Maria made history as the first Latina to headline in a theatrical capacity at the Kodak Theater with her sold-out performance of her one-woman stand up performance, Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them, which has also toured at several other prestigious venues across the US, including the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY; the Sorensen Theater in Boston, MA; the Ricardo Montalban and Los Angeles Theater Center in Los Angeles, CA; and the Chysler Theater Center in the Charles Wright African American Museum in Detroit, MI. Maria has also toured internationally, performing comedy across Germany, Spain, Portugal, and a number of other countries. She has headlined for organizations like the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Maria has also performed comedy at over 80 college campuses across the US.

"AVE MARIA… ACTRESS/COMEDIAN MARIA COSTA IS A REAL TRIPLE THREAT: BRAINS, Ave Maria. Actress/Comedian Maria Costa is a real triple threat: Brains, Beauty and Talent! Her one woman show, “Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them” exudes passion.  Passion for her art, audience and her ‘Macho’. MARIA EXPLODES WITH BRILLIANT COMEDIC SATIRICAL WRITING AND ACTING."

 

QV Magazine

Imagen Award Winner: Best Theatrical Production      LA Women in Theater Winner: Maverick Award

It's easy to see why audience members keep returning and the house is always packed for 'Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them'. Maria Costa explodes on-stage with brilliant comedic skill, while she brings sex appeal and insight to this one-woman show. It's fundamentally clear that, above all else, making people laugh is her primary gift. Coursing through her veins is the DNA of the Mark Brothers, Lucille Ball and Fanny Brice.  This is one funny girl who deserves to be a big, big star.”


                                                                                                         -CBS Radio News, Todd David Schwartz

Costa's performance [was] rolling in the aisles, laugh out loud funny. Her comedic timing is superb and the music/dance performances are mesmerizing. 'Macho Men' takes us on a journey that answers the ultimate question, 'What does it take to love a Macho Man?' Costa brings to life, ala Lily Tomlin, and characters that are both true-to-life and hilariously portrayed. Life as a Cuban-American is showcased in a outspoken, outrageously funny manner, with lively rumba dancers that seduce you the moment they start banging on those conga drums-this show really delivers! Costa's fearless take on tough subjects such as domestic violence, gay lifestyle, discrimination sexual situations and life as a Latina in love are both clever and side-splitting. I was laughing throughout the show. There were clever and hilariously funny monologues, that are Costa's specialty. Costa ignites the stage with her presence, when her dancing dazzles in a powerhouse comedic performance. I highly recommend it for its subject matter and excellently executed performance.”

- Reviewplays.com, Elizabeth Lopez

 

“Costa enters like a tropical whirlwind escorted by a care of Afro-Cuban drummers. This show is about the empowerment of Latina women and the more Latina, more mixed-blood, more macho these women are, the more empowerment they have. ''Macho Men' is also an exercise in the art of self-expression Costa expresses with every inch of her freewheeling body, mobile face and great big smile exposing all those white teeth. Costa's ethnicity is African, Latin American and Hungarian; how's that for exotic. A Minx who won't behave, a bundle of pep, the vitality she expends suggests she has solved the secrets of perpetual motion.  If California could tap into Costa's energy source, we wouldn't have to worry about a shortage this summer.  It's sacrilege, I'm sure, to suggest anyone can inherit the mantle of Josephine Baker…still there's something here that stirs evocations of Josephine Baker's sensuous, feral presence.
                                                                                                                            

-Back Stage West, Polly Warfield

 

“Fresh, hip and unpretentious, this one-woman show offers eight fast-paced comic vignettes about the many different shades of Afro-Latin culture. Smart and funny, Costa is an appealing performer and skillful mimic who switches easily and rapidly among characters. 'Macho Men'' excels at simultaneously acknowledging and skewering stereotypes; several of the vignettes have unexpected twist endings. Costa gives a performance that incorporates several brief but hilarious dance sequences.  Though most of the characters are female, machismo is a theme running through all of the vignettes…A winsome solo performance.”


                                                                                                                                      -LA Weekly

 

 

Smart, funny…and beautiful, the third adjective usually isn't used to describe female comedians, but Maria Costa reflects all three elements.  Costa has been receiving a lot of well-deserved attention for her outrageous and hilarious storyline targeting her relationship with her macho Latino boyfriend, which echoes her critically-acclaimed one woman show, 'Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them.'
                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                             -Black Men Magazine

“On fire with the Machos, comedian Maria Costa unveils her rawest passions. 'Macho Men' is a jolt to the human spirit through humor.  Her most interesting qualities as an actress are her impeccable portrayal of the characters' physical traits, and her use of pause to create moments that go beyond what can be spoken.  The performance included so many “laugh pauses” that the scheduled hour was extended to an hour and a half show.  The auditorium was bursting at the seems, and the audience didn't seem to care, as she captivated everyone with her performance.”


                                                                                                                                        - HOY

 

Hilarious…funny girl Maria Costa. Maria has built a name as a smart, funny talent in a town that's hard to impress.”
 In her comedy show, the liberated Latina makes jokes about Francisco's demand that she iron his shirts.  According to her, it never happened.  Instead he switched to wrinkle-free fabrics.                                                                                                                                                     

-Estylo

 

“In her live show, 'Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them', the fast-talking and physical Maria Costa is a one-woman whirlwind.  Like a female John Leguizamo, she's amazingly versatile, embodying a variety of hilarious, well-observed characters.  Maria Costa is funny, feisty and fearless.”
                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                       -KHX Radio, Carolyn Fox

 

 “After a six-week run to packed houses and standing ovations, Maria Costa's inflammatory one woman show, 'Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them'', will get the stage she deserves to do her wild and crazy 'Free the Latina spectacle'. Costa's outrageous 'Macho Men' explodes off the stage and into the audience as Maria's characters come to life and breathing fire. Half Cuban and half Hungarian, Maria's a very physical performer.  Funny and outspoken, this nonstop, bust-a-gut show hits home; that is if 'home' is a co-dependent place. Maria's very personal humor packs the punch of raw Cuban rum on an empty stomach. Born in Detroit to absentee parents (Hungarian mother and Cuban father), Maria was raised by her fiercely devoted Hungarian grandmother. The roots of her tragic-comic style were formed by her exposure to Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor and Lucille Ball.  Maria is an old soul in a young and sexy body, and she works that body like a snake charmer to accentuate her dialogue and make her roaringly funny points clear.


-Latin Style

 

“On stage, Maria explodes with brilliant comedic satirical writing and acting.  She keeps audiences laughing through the ups and downs, ins and outs of her relationship with her 'Macho'.  During this personal journey of self discovery, Maria seeks Macho advice from friends and family. She plays all the characters, including her eccentric tía, 'La Santera', and her fabulous drag queen brother,' Lalo', who is dealing with his own macho issues. One of the show's most touching moments is when Lalo finally confronts his father in drag for the first time. It is painfully funny and emotionally charged.”

-QV Magazine

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D.I.A. PREMIER

Maria Entertains at the Detroit Institute of the Arts