Tania Fisher

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Reviews (41)
The Treatment
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"For all its seemingly existentialistic, sci-fi appearance, 'The Treatment' does not stray away from real human drama and power struggles, providing entertaining angst, hidden agendas, and touching truths we can all relate to. 'The Treatment' may just be the cure you’re looking for." Full Review

Link Link Circus
Upper E Side
Theater Pizzazz

"There are moments when Ms Rossellini clearly needed to rely very heavily on her notes, and at times she seemed to stumble on her memorized monologue pieces, both in narrative and delivery...Although this is not exactly a compelling night at the theater, the results are an entertaining and incredibly informative performance piece about the link between animal behavior and human behavior, that animal lovers across the board will no doubt enjoy." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Top quality theater... Snider provides an intriguing and entertaining story that will keep you captivated and intrigued from start to finish...Both Baskin and Ssenjovu’s performances are strong, clear, natural and come from an authentic place...Direction by Kim T. Sharp seems to have allowed the actors to strip themselves of cumbersome paraphernalia and rely solely on their characterizations and dialogue which has been a refreshing choice that suits the play well." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Done with great consciousness and dabbles of humor...Lew keeps the stage interesting during every moment, ensuring that even during the more informational scenes there is action and movement on the stage, keeping the audience intrigued and never bored. The talented three-actor ensemble were a joy to watch...A standout performance by Leavitt...Filled with impeccable comic timing and sensitivity. A thoroughly intriguing and enjoyable play." Full Review

Rocktopia
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Can best be described as what might happen if Mozart and Beethoven were having a party and Freddie Mercury and Pete Townsend walked in...The show is impressive from the start, with an open-feel stage complete with highly skilled and energetic back-up singers...Every single artist was mind-blowingly good, but it was Lowery who won the audience's hearts...'Rocktopia' is at once both clever and joyous, both disciplined and radical, and certainly earns its title of Musical Revolution." Full Review

Divine Horsemen
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"Calderon's script piques our interest from the very beginning. He also plays the intimidating Willie and has the audience in the palm of his hand from his first entrance, completely comfortable on stage and within his body. Every performer in this play was outstanding...All in all, 'Divine Horsemen' is at once interesting and heartbreaking, and well worth the experience." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Relies very heavily on its dialogue. Fast-paced and yet annoyingly overly verbose at times...The play was relatable to anyone who has ever worked in any kind of office at any time; it was certainly not a black comedy, but more an accurate reflection of the day-to-day office politics with a funny observational commentary spattered throughout. The characters were certainly well established but never seem to grow." Full Review

The Violin
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

“The relationship between the two brothers is intelligently explored...McCormick has that rare knack of being able to insert moments of genuine comedy that are perfectly timed within the sincerest of moments, yet don't take anything away from the gravitas of the scene. Discher seems to have tapped into the crux of the themes and nuances of the story, providing keen direction that never looks forced or unnatural…All in all, a gripping piece of theater not to be missed.” Full Review

Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Stage Buddy

“If I could fill this review with synonyms for ‘brilliant’ it still wouldn’t be enough, or do justice to just how good 'Bastard Jones' is…A rock musical extravaganza that stays true to the picaresque novel it is based on…A most joyous and innovative production…There is brilliant comedic timing by every single actor, catchy and powerful songs, and outstanding physical comedy…Run now, before you have to go on a wait list to see it on Broadway where it will surely find a deserving, long-term home.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

“A miraculous event in theater occurred when I attended the Ensemble Studio Theatre's presentation of their '36th Marathon of One-Act Plays Series B:' Each and every one of the five plays presented was outstanding…As if the entertainment value and compelling written word wasn’t enough to keep me satisfied, each play was beautifully staged and delivered by talented and skilled actors, most of them deserving and worthy of a much higher profile stage.” Full Review

Adam
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"It’s the delivery of this one-man show that makes it unique and downright captivating...Timothy Simonson channels the passion of Adam Clayton Powell Jr...Director Ajene D Washington provides us with waves of emotion through an excellent sense of timing, and skillfully pulls out the little things to make you laugh just when you’re fighting back tears. Peter DeAnda’s script isn’t just a telling of facts, it’s very much an intimate and personal relationship with the audience." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Skillful playwrights Sarah Levine Simon and Mihai Grunfeld allow these scenarios to unfold with such finesse that one is easily transported to another time and place. Director Roger Simon uses his experienced hand to gently maneuver his actors along in this well-executed story, and expertly peels off each intriguing layer with perfect timing and pace, keeping the audience intrigued from start to finish...'The Dressmaker’s Secret' is one secret you’ll want to share." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"This stupendous stage production is a glorious delight...Enough cannot be said about the incredible cast, all of whom possess high level skills in acting, dancing, and singing. Their energy levels were extraordinary, not just in the physical sense, but in what they gave out to their audience. One couldn’t help but feel happy, hopeful and just downright thoroughly elated after seeing this show." Full Review

Communion
Chelsea
Stage Buddy

"Obie Award-winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor doesn’t disappoint in 'Communion.' In this compelling and moving drama we are witnesses to the lives of three women, each in a various stage of both exposed and metaphysical discomfort. Enough cannot be said about all three cast members who are absolutely outstanding in their flawless performances...Credit for this theatrical phenomenon of course goes also to MacIvor’s unwavering script and thoughtful direction." Full Review

Dead Shot Mary
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Rachel McPhee gives a remarkable and transcendent performance as Mary Shanley...The script is both thoughtful and relevant...Director Stephen Kaliski was certainly handed a gift with the talent he had in McPhee, and he makes excellent use of her abilities...'Dead Shot Mary' is fascinating, entertaining and even funny in moments, while also being absolutely riveting and moving. This is 'must-see' theater at its best." Full Review

The Paper Hat Game
Financial
Stage Buddy

"An unexpected delight…It’s a transcendent experience as we delve into the psychology of a large and busy metropolis…The highly innovative video and photo motion animation will have you questioning what is real and what is imagined…'The Paper Hat Game' is both joyous in its childlike wonder and emotionally brave and revealing in its storytelling. It is a most unique theatrical experience that will satisfy all your senses." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Standout performances by R. Patrick Alberty and Cory Boughton were particularly thrilling...The beautifully crafted work is directed by Frank Zilinyi and R. Patrick Alberty, who pull together Poe’s words with shrewd lighting, music, and sound effect choices delivered with impeccable timing...You will be enthralled and left breathless, unable to shake the intensity of the ghostly sensations long after the last candle has burned down to its wick." Full Review

In the Secret Sea
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"The title of Cate Ryan’s brilliant and captivating script comes from the idea that a woman’s womb is like a secret sea, and this interplays masterfully with the concepts and moral issues that are raised...The stand-out performance of the evening was provided by the father-to-be, played confidently by Adam Petherbridge...At times shocking, but always engaging, 'In the Secret Sea' will leave you mulling its thought-provoking questions long after the last curtain call." Full Review

All Over The Map
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Bowers fills his show with both lighthearted observations and philosophical thoughts, mixing heartfelt and poignant moments with downright obscure and wacky stories that had me mopping up my wet mascara…He doesn’t push to impose on them any deeper meaning or embellish for the sake of entertainment, nor does he need to: the stories stand on their own as a hilarious, exasperating, and beautiful collection of anecdotes." Full Review

One Funny Mother
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Blizzard’s ability to engage an audience and keep their attention while getting the laughs is truly commendable. Her years of experience and skills as a comic are all too clear as she masterfully converses with audience members and uses her quick, sharp and ready wit to circle back to those she’s outed for many an improvised punchline that has the audience rolling in their seats. There is never a dull moment as Dena holds her own and fills the stage with her irreverent humor." Full Review

Happily After Ever
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"An incredibly entertaining night of theater that takes a satirical look at the ways we think about gender...The flawless cast are adept at handling their choreographed moments for comical purposes that never floundered into overacting...'Happily After Ever' brings you into the confused inner psyche of its characters, then throws you quickly back into realism, keeping you beguiled from beginning to end." Full Review

Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Pizzazz

"'Reborning,' a dark comedy by Zayd Dohrn, well written and excellently executed; does not allow itself to become bogged down in its big themes, but is entertaining, even at times outright funny, and leaves you feeling very satisfied." Full Review

All Our Children
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Manages to both impress, captivate, as well as entertain...Experienced playwright Stephen Unwin has smartly provided all of the characters with clear backgrounds and personal opinions which become clearly identified as the play progresses...Ethan McSweeny achieves remarkable results directing this production in the round. It creates a marvelous juxtaposition, a sense of both intimacy and appropriate uneasiness of the subject matter...This is an unflawed production in every way." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Calderon does not disappoint...An incredibly intriguing and unique play...It explores themes of mental health, racism, internal struggles with life choices, and human weakness and strengths, during a life altering point in the lives of three people...A strong script, excellent direction, and top level acting...It is given exactly what is required, with no trickery or slight of hand. It is simply a thrilling, powerful, flawless play, and a theatrical gem that should not be missed.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The ensemble is excellent, with great dancing and supporting roles that make the principle cast look great...The musical is very much like the movie...The play has a little more pep in its step owing to the nature of its theatrical medium. Hennigsen's Cady is a bit too perky and somewhat dorky, not as natural and uncaring of what other people think...It's fine though because, in the end, the story's message about the value of true friendship and self-acceptance is all that really matters." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“The interaction between the narrator’s voice and the puppeteer are delightful and humorous...Although the cut-out stencil puppets were lovely, they were not very large or elaborate and had limited movement capabilities...Did not seem to go beyond simply lengthening the story...Much of the charm that is prevalent in the book is not recreated in this show...Still, for the children who love the book, seeing it come to life in puppet form will certainly be a treat.” Full Review

Hot Mess
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Rothenberg and Crabtree have captured a sticky moment that might play out in any new love story with sheer honesty and absolute delight. Rather than going for cheap laughs, Rothenberg and Crabtree allow realistic conversations in a realistic scenario to stew in their own natural comic juices...With its vaudeville-esque moments played out in perfect timing by all three actors, there’s never a dull moment and the through line is clear." Full Review

Ace
Upper W Side
Stage Buddy

"Greenberg holds his own in this superbly written one-man show...Greenberg’s performance as an actor is not exactly up to the standard one would expect from an Off-Broadway show...But there is an undeniable enthusiasm from audiences...Greenberg captivates his audience and has us hanging on his every word...There is good energy and appropriately timed pace that enthralls us from start to finish." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Brave, unique, and thought-provoking one-act plays…'A Woman:' Cragin-Day keeps the language natural and the tension unexpected. Haney’s direction keeps us intrigued and visually interested throughout. ‘Wedding Bash’ is an engaging piece with excellent performances from the entire cast…A highly humorous and enjoyable show…LaBute brings us nothing short of brilliance, satisfyingly delivered with the fine acting skills of KeiLyn Durrel Jones and John Garrett Greer.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

“‘Series C’ did not disappoint. It’s a masterful playwright who can whisk you away, create an arc, and circle back to a satisfying conclusion all in one act, and each of the playwrights in this series manage to do just that…Scenes complete with detailed props change effortlessly and transform with professional precision. It is obvious that the richness of each production is aided by extremely skilled and talented lighting, scenic, props, technical, costume, and sound people.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The highly skilled actors commit passionately...Utterly riveting show. There is an eloquence forcing its way through the shiny surface of quick witticisms and wordy observations that brings meaning and gravitas to the play...Underlying the farcical, high-paced, cartoon-esque moments lie truth and depth, poignantly and subtly lingering as smoke. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, this love story that was, the marriage that should have been, is the play you must see." Full Review

Kunstler
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"Playwright Sweet offers up a clever script exposing a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of what really went down during these high profile cases...McCarthy plays Kunstler with passion and vigor, seducing the audience with his colorful portrayal of the often misunderstood man...Director Meagen Fay makes excellent use of the space, allowing her actors free rein to channel the energy of the auditorium, keeping the flow and pace always interesting and spontaneous." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Each and every actor was simply fabulous…though there were moments between scenes of the different generations of the family that didn’t quite transition smoothly every time...There are many joyous moments with a good sprinklings of jokes, but the show's most powerful, hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-raising moments come when the talented performers are belting out magnificent songs…Engaging, thoughtful, and powerful, 'The First Noel' is sure to fill your heart with seasonal joy." Full Review

Orwell In America
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"I suspect that even fans of Orwell and those who are particularly well informed about this period in history will find a new level of understanding about this era...Director Peter Hackett makes some wonderful choices, both in utilization of the stage space and in the way his actors express themselves through body language and physicality. A well-rounded production that oozes charm and celebrates humor, 'Orwell in America' is an absolute treat and not to be missed." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The puppeteers themselves are multi-talented...Each one gives a full and considered acting performance right alongside the puppet versions of their characters...The story line does disappointingly veer off from a typical 'Golden Girls' episode, while also being a little bolder in its language. It may have served the show better to continue along the same lines as it began with in the first act. Having said that, the quality puppeteering and acting do make for an overall enjoyable experience." Full Review

Bears in Space
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"The highest level of silliness that one can experience in the theater...The all-male cast of four take turns in puppetry and playing actual characters, each showing off their skills as great actors...The uncomplicated story serves the production well...These alternative Fab Four are clearly in confident control of the show, treating us to polished and thoughtful deliveries, all the while never taking themselves too seriously and allowing the story to flow in all its humorous glory." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A delightful and authentic coming-of-age story…Miskell was positively splendid as the ADHD suffering Ty...Nadia uses her newfound sexuality to conquer her long-time crush, their childhood babysitter, resulting in damaging perceptions of what relationships should look like. The play progresses to explore this theme in great depth with mostly entertaining results...The story does feel too repetitive and could probably be edited down. Still, Phoebus’ hard work and thoughtfulness is evident." Full Review

The Pied Piper
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Children, adults, and everyone in between will delight in this stupendous marionette version of the classic fairy tale…The visual treats are boundless, beginning with the set itself which is a marvel of engineering...The high-caliber production also includes beautiful operatic interludes...With hauntingly beautiful melodies, spellbinding visual scenery and lighting effects, and hundreds of marionettes, you will cheerfully fall under the spell and willingly follow 'The Pied Piper.'" Full Review

Stage Buddy

“If you’re a fan of British theater and want to enjoy some fine acting, then you may want to help yourself to a slice of ‘Toast’...There is a strong sense of ensemble among the all-male cast, all of whom portray fully realized characters with great skill and talent...Those who are not au fait with the British sense of humor may feel a little lost at times. Still, it is easy to warm to every character in this offbeat story.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Playwright Sharman Macdonald handles delicate coming-of-age issues and prepubescent misconceptions about sex with humor and tact while also baring the hurt, shame, guilt, and self-doubt and loathing that manifests from a sexually repressed upbringing, and under the direction of John Keating, the cast expresses a bold and loyal commitment to these themes...Any audience member--even those without the memories of a teenage girl--will be able to empathize." Full Review

Daddy Issues
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "A hilarious comedy of errors...David Goldyn skillfully directs and handles the moments of serious, real-life drama with care and tact, all the while never losing pace and keeping the audience with him to travel comfortably to the punch line...There is a warmth and genuineness to this family circle, intertwined with their comical craziness. Goldyn has filled this production with highly experienced and skilled actors to result in a formidable and polished production." Full Review