The world which Riccio has created is masterful. As we have come to expect of him, the artistic vision is beyond well-executed.
Arts & Culture Texas
Thomas Riccio loves to experiment. His reputation is so good that when he starts to dabble people ought to pay attention.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
His methods go deeper than the professional, actorial level. Wherever he goes, forever will remain that which he gave us--that which he taught us. Thomas Riccio has opened to us our inner world and began to combine it with the outer.
Yakutia Daily News (Siberia)
Thomas Riccio is saying something more, something bigger... It is the mixing of several different realities, or frames of reality that transforms the characters through impersonation. It is through impersonation that their lives take on meaning enabling them to exist within many realities until reality itself looses definition. Advertisements, game shows, film clips, all become part of their reality until everyday life becomes a unity of impersonation.
I am deeply intrigued by your work, and admiring of so much of it. You are a unique character with your far-reaching theatre work and travels. But you are also a harbinger. And a person who incarnates the intercultural problem/opportunity.
Richard Schechner, Editor, TDR
This is voluptuous, loopy, scintillating theatre that challenges the soul and rattles our teeth. It's black humor laced with the lyric authority of dream logic. It's metaphysical redemption masquerading as grotesque psychological quackery. It's audacious, original and implacable.
Riccio puts the pedagogy of mythology and anthropology right on the line of Dallas culture, blending the politics, pastimes and social structures of the city with the cosmology of classical paganism (Homer, Virgil, Ovid) and a variety of shamanistic traditions, both ancient and contemporary.
Glasstire, Texas Visual Arts
Riccio has directed a serious, richly textured piece of stagecraft that incorporates haunting visual and aural effects and finely realized ensemble movement into an engrossing theatrical ritual. His work evokes a sense of magic and myth that goes beyond the usual standards of “theatricality” back to the origin of performance as an expression of awe and wonder.