America's Breath of Fresh Air at Fringe NYC
"The ensemble consisting of Melanie Brook, Lindsay Lake and Michael Lorz are the highlight of the show. All of them play multiple roles to madness [...] but it’s Michael Lorz, a blonde skinny dude, so young that puberty looks like it happened yesterday who becomes the bright spot of the show. I couldn’t stop watching him. Lorz’s characters ranging from an angry, black woman – to a neck-licking groupie - to a controlling director, are all so specific and outlandish. I keep waiting for what he is going to do next."
- Maura Kelley from nytheatre.com, 2013
Gross Indecency at the Abingdon (Gayfest NYC)
The cast worked quite well as an ensemble, but there were standouts that the play itself spotlights. [...] Michael Lorz, when Frank Harris, brought a believability that strengthened the clarity of those who loved and feared for Oscar Wilde.
- John Weatherford from Times Square Chronicles, 2013
Hello Again Concert
at the York Theatre
"Naturally, [Hello Again] needed actors who could mold into these periods effortlessly while bringing a level of gravitas to the moment. Such an actor was Michael Lorz. Lorz, [...] dare I say, outshined many of his more experienced cast mates[.]
Like [John Cameron] Mitchell before him, Lorz's stark pocket-sized stature, puckish features, wan face and astonishing pale blue eyes leveled the room with his big expressions that let the audience get a glimpse at the psychological underpinnings of the youth, while inspiring belly laughs from his explosive comic timing. With more exposure, Lorz could surprise audiences as one to watch."
- Marcus Scott from Edge New York, 1/16/15
Rock of Ages at Gateway Playhouse
"Behind the scenes a German father-son duo bribes the mayor to sell the Sunset Strip to the dismay of the mayor’s former assistant Regina, played by Kelly Felthous. Felthous might play a secondary character, but her vocals are anything but! She brings the house down with “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and she handles the German builder’s son Franz— played by a hysterical Michael Lorz—exceedingly well and in the end, helps save the Sunset Strip. Keep an eye on these two—they’re show stealers!"
-Genevieve Horsburgh from Dan's Papers, 5/28/15
"As you can read on the interview that the director made with us: "I was unbelievably lucky with Michael Lorz, as he opened up to me about darker times in his adolescence, and allowed me to rehash those feelings to prompt and trigger various reactions during filming. I feel unbelievably fortunate that he was comfortable enough with me to tell me those personal stories, and really, that’s what making a film is all about – trust" and he is incredibly true - Lorz has been just amazing in the movie... it could be the birth of a new star."
"...were it not for Michael's Lorz's standout performance as the cannibal patriarch's son. Lorz projects a Norman Bates persona, suppressing (but not quite) fear, rage, desperation, and even sensitivity beneath the overly polite mannerisms with which he greets folks to the gruesome winery."
-Thomas M. Sippos from Hollywood Investigator, 9/29/15
"The son is a small, well-spoken young man, who clearly has something a little off about him but also appears to have it all together. There’s something about him that makes you both trust him and fear him.
I want to know more. Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir passes with flying colors on this point. I wanted to see much more.[...] That’s right, I actually wanted to know more about original killers who, even in less than 15 minutes, have more to offer than the average slasher[.]"
"Although all of the performances are good, Michael Lorz’s turn as Nicolas is outstanding. With a seething frustration belied by his wide but dark-circled eyes, mild and well-spoken manner, and leisurely gait, he does what he is told but also releases frustration by lighting matches where they shouldn’t be lit. When Nicolas sees an opportunity to prove his worth to his father, Lorz plays the young man as a country-boy charmer on the outside who calmly wins over the trust of the visitors while hatching a fateful plan. Lorz brings a subtlety to his performance that makes Nicolas’ character arc all the more frightful to watch."
-Joseph Perry from Gruesome Magazine, 11/14/15