05.14.14Portland Mercury review of AFTER THE REVOLUTION

Director Tamara Fisch, who has also directed this play in Massachusetts, handles it with the surety and subtlety it requires. The set is minimal but homey—just enough to feel like a specific place, but not so much that a quick rearrangement doesn't feel like another specific place. In some of the most affecting scenes, Emma's father Ben (Duffy Epstein) talks into a phone, while across the stage, hundreds of miles away, Emma listens to the message on her answering machine. In these scenes, Rowe is silent, broken, and breaking further, and pain radiates from her.

05.07.14Portland Monthly Magazine reviews AFTER THE REVOLUTION

Although she’s since been nominated for a Pulitzer, this is the first local production of her work—and a simmering one it is.
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Directed by Tamara Fisch, who helped develop the play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Playhouse puts on a stirring family drama with enough thought-provoking, philosophical meat to make a feast.

05.03.14The Oregonian reviews AFTER THE REVOLUTION

It's no surprise then that the strength of director Tamara Fisch's Portland Playhouse production lies in the humanity of characters whose intelligent dialogue is laced with blazing passion and heartfelt affection for each other as well as gentle and ironic humor.
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Fisch ably keeps the play, which consists of 17 scenes split over two acts, moving at a brisk pace without losing the nuance and subtlety that the play's close familial interactions require.

03.05.13Interview for Zack Calhoon's "People You Should Know" series

03.04.13Review of THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH on nytheatre.com

"… The Play About the Coach ventures into authentically unusual terrain for a work of theater; I've certainly never seen anything remotely like it.
"It is a tour de force for Fallis the actor. Under Tamara Fisch's direction, the performance is precise and detailed and absorbingly physical. Though Fallis is alone onstage except for a chair and a few props, he creates the entire world of the game for us to experience in our mind's eye. When he calls a time out, we see the players—Graham, Carter, Brad, Nimitz, and the newly nicknamed Smokey—huddle around him; when he crouches down on one knee to gaze intently at the game in progress, even if we can't exactly see the moves on the court, we can see that he sees them.
"Ultimately, The Play About the Coach is a harrowing and provocative exploration of what we value, or should be valuing, in contemporary culture."

03.04.13Feature in The Daily News on THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH

A LITTLE THEATER FOR YOUR MARCH MADNESS

"The compelling and frenetic performance — which happens to be playing just as March Madness heats up — centers around the last three minutes of a basketball game, with Fallis playing one of the coaches on the sidelines in the tense final moments."


02.27.13Feature article on ESPN.com about THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH

Robert Silverman interviews director Tamara Fisch and writer/performer Paden Fallis for espn.com.

"And for all you have invested in the outcome [of a basketball game], that's nothing compared to your team's coach. He has serious skin in this game -- his livelihood, his professional reputation, all his hopes and dreams and so forth. ... This character is the hero and subject of playwright Paden Fallis’, "The Play About The Coach;" a one-man show that will have a month-long run from February 27 to March 17 at the 4th Street Theatre in New York City.

"In the play, the audience is taken through the harrowing final three minutes of an Elite 8 game during March Madness as seen and experienced by a maniacally charming coach on the precipice of a complete and total nervous breakdown....Though the players, refs and spectators are nowhere to be seen, Fallis does a wonderful job of crafting a world by taking still frames of the gyrations we’ve seen from each and every high-strung descendant of Bobby Knight. ... After a rehearsal earlier this week, the play's star, Fallis, and director Tamara Fisch and I hunkered down in a coffee shop to talk about coaches. "

02.26.13Review of SONS OF THE PROPHET in The Idle Class Magazine

"While I have not seen every production of TheatreSquared in their seven-year history, I can say that is is by far the best play I have witnessed on their stage.

"One of the exceptional aspects of the play is the perfect casting. All of the performances are outstanding with Rogers and Darcy in scene stealing roles. Tamara Fisch... headed a creative team of professionals from around the country, including Northwest Arkansas. Their production is top notch.

'Sons of the Prophet has to be the highlight (thus far) of an exceptional 7th season for TheatreSquared."

02.23.13Review of SONS OF THE PROPHET in the Fayetteville Flyer

"The play is adeptly directed by Tamara Fisch, a newcomer to the Arkansan theatre scene but nonetheless impressive.

"Inevitably and beautifully, you will see yourself in TheatreSquared’s “Sons of the Prophet" – there you are, standing on stage feeling something, feeling nothing, living. We never get to the bottom of it, the meaning of all this suffering. We are left with words hanging in the air – and like any good poem, they linger."

02.21.13Audiences respond to SONS OF THE PROPHET at TheatreSquared

Audiences react after seeing SONS OF THE PROPHET.

02.08.13Interview with director Tamara Fisch about SONS OF THE PROPHET

"Whether it’s William Shakespeare’s 'Love’s Labours Lost' or Stephen Karam’s 'Sons of the Prophet,' director Tamara Fisch starts with the same words — the ones the playwright wrote."

11.03.12Cady Huffman, Sean McDermott and Nellie McKay Featured in Two Readings at the Inge Center

Nellie McKay, Cady Huffman, Sean McDermott, and additional guest artists contribute their talents to the public reading of a new play and musical at the William Inge Center for the Arts. The readings are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 3 at the William Inge Theatre at Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas.

The first of the plays is a saucy and sexy musical comedy, “My Base and Scurvy Heart," by Inge House Playwright in Residence Adam Szymkowicz, with music by Dan Schreier and Matt Sherwin, lyrics. The second production is a drama, “The Benders," by Inge House resident Anne Phelan.

“The Benders" is directed by New York-based director Tamara Fisch. “My Dark and Scurvy Heart" is directed by Inge Center Artistic Director, Peter Ellenstein. The musical director is Max Mamon.

08.06.12JESTER'S DEAD in Time Out NY

"Comedy ensemble the Outfit combines Elizabethan drama with dreamy fighter pilots in their reimagined Shakespearean parody of Top Gun. This theatrical twist on the ’80s classic incorporates sword fights, songs and lines from every Shakespeare play written by the Bard."

08.02.12JESTER'S DEAD is back - and featured in the NY Times comedy listings!

Jester’s Dead: Top Gun Shakes (Monday) This critically acclaimed exercise in action-packed parody has a simple, happy formula: the classic ’80s flick “Top Gun" as it might have been interpreted by William Shakespeare. At 8 p.m., People’s Improv Theater, 123 East 24th Street, Manhattan, (212) 563-7488, thepit-nyc.com; $10.

07.24.12The Washington Post reviews THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH

With a little more than two minutes left on the clock, a college basketball coach self-destructs in “The Play About the Coach." Watching actor/playwright Paden Fallis perform this mini theatrical tornado is akin to watching a train wreck, but in a good way — a desperate, funny, sweaty, can’t-look-away train wreck.

The New York-based Fallis is an actor of impressive intensity and focus. He makes you see the game, and the faces of the players and officials, through his eyes. He makes you feel his despair.

07.24.12Lucy Boyle's MORT nominated for an 2012 Innovative Theatre Awards

MORT, by Lucy Boyle, has been nominated for a 2012 Innovative Theatre Award for best short script. MORT premiered as part of F*it Club's Spring Fling in May 2012, and was directed by Tamara Fisch.

07.21.12DC Metro Theater Arts review of THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH

The Play About the Coach tracks the three potentially most important minutes of a man’s life and career. It is also one of the tensest hours of theater I’ve experienced and one of the best one-man plays I’ve ever been to.

Paden Fallis as the coach is simply superb under the sure direction of Tamara Fisch.

07.19.12Washington City Paper review of THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH

"The Play About the Coach is packed with layers of meaning, ultimately coming down to the finality of the choices we make, and our inability to rescue ourselves from the disappointment that arises from a poor decision. If any play I’ve seen so far at Fringe this year demands repeated viewings to help unpack it, this is the one. And if there’s any performance I want to see again, it’s Fallis’ tragic and magnetic portrayal of the coach, which turns on a dime from anxious uncertainty to feral rage to beaten-down melancholy."

07.19.12DC Theatre Scene review of THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH

"Dear Fringe-goer: Please accept this review as my plea to [...] buy a ticket to The Play about The Coach. An hour in length, this one-man show is told by The Coach (played brilliantly by Paden Fallis) who gives us a front row look into his second by second struggle to coach his team to victory."

06.16.12THE PLAY ABOUT THE COACH Coming to the Capital Fringe

The Play About The Coach takes place in the final three minutes of a March Madness basketball game. As the clock ticks away the coach comes head-to-head with a backstabbing assistant, a gifted adversary, a God-like referee and a mysterious stranger who repeatedly phones down to the bench. The play takes the audience courtside into the final, crucial minutes of a high stakes game through the eyes of a desperate man.

03.13.12OPB Arts and Life review of RACE

"A sharp cast, directed astutely by Tamara Fisch, and a clean production design make it a quick 80 minutes in the theater that will leave you thinking .... "

03.12.12The Oregonian review of RACE

"Mamet constructs a taut, one-act legal procedural, with questions of innocence and evidence tossed around as deftly the blue rubber ball that the two partners play catch with while brainstorming theories about the case. ... As directed by Tamara Fisch for Artists Repertory Theatre, the play has an engaging tick-tock tension from its opening moments."

03.12.12Oregon ArtsWatch reviews RACE

"Director Tamara Fisch keeps it moving at a high rate of speed without losing the definition of the characters or the issues involved .... "

03.09.12RACE feature article in The Oregonian

"Artists Repertory Theatre opens its production of 'Race' on Friday, directed by Tamara Fisch (who did a fine job a year ago with 'The Scene' at Portland Playhouse), with Jim Iorio as the accused man and Todd Van Voris, Reginald Jackson and Ayanna Berkshire as the lawyers deciding whether to take on the hot-potato case."

12.06.1152nd Street Project in Theatermania

Casting has been announced for The 52nd Street Project's Bouncing Back: The Resilient Plays, to be presented at the Five Angels Theater, December 9-11.

This evening of original musical one-acts is the culmination of the Project's Playmaking series, in which the Project's youngest mentees -- ten-year-olds who have just begun their theatrical education -- write for accomplished professional actors and director-dramaturges, and reveal their work to a public audience for the first time.

11.21.11JESTER's DEAD in DNAinfo

"Picture Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun' — the aviators, the bomber jacket, the cocky recklessness, the undeniable need for speed.

"Now give it the Shakespeare treatment.

"That’s the mind-bending tenet behind a play called 'Jester’s Dead' now showing at the Peoples Improv Theater on East 24th Street in Gramercy."


11.16.11Interview with JESTER'S DEAD Co-Creator Rhett Henckel

Inside the minds behind NYC's new Top Gun Shakesparody.

11.15.11Nearsay on JESTER's DEAD

"Jester’s Dead reenacts 'Top Gun' (sans aerial acrobatics) in Shakespearean language. It’s the perfect show for fans of aviator sunglasses, rhyming couplets and live performances on guitars and recorders of 'Take My Breath Away.'"

11.04.11JESTER'S DEAD is a Top Pick of Best New York Comedy

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10): This show begins with a delightful concept—Top Gun performed as if written by William Shakespeare—and then executes it with the joyful craft only a sharp, tight theatrical ensemble can create. Everyone in the cast is terrific, but especially memorable are Kate Turnbull as the love interest, Dan Hartley as Maverick, and Vayu O’Donnell who steals every scene he appears in with his hilariously deadpan delivery as Iceman. While this is playing at The PIT for a mere $10, it’s really legit Fringe theatre, and I hope it eventually makes its way to FringeNYC or Edinburgh—or better yet, develops more songs and gets a commercial run as a musical. Meanwhile, don’t miss this opportunity to see a way fun parody of a cult classic for about half of what you oughta be paying.

09.24.11JESTER'S DEAD in the Village Voice

"Creators Rhett Henckel and Nat McIntyre's comedic mash-up has landed on stages at the Brooklyn Lyceum and the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival to kind reviews (The Philadelphia Inquirer called it 'the gimmick that keeps on giving') and is now touching down at the Peoples Improv Theater."

07.10.11#serials at the Flea featured on www.thirteen.org

“Fifty bats. Five plays. $10 tickets. Three survivors. One free beer," reads the tagline for “Serials," The Flea Theater’s ongoing summer theater competition.

In “Serials," five teams of Bats perform 10 minute episodic plays written by a guest playwright and directed by a visiting resident director. The audience then votes for its three favorite plays.

05.11.11Stephen Karam's EMMA Begins New York Developmental Run May 11 - Playbill.com

A new musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, penned by Speech and Debate playwright Stephen Karam, tests its legs in New York City beginning May 11 at the Manhattan Professional Performing Arts School.

05.09.11Waterwell to present Workshop Production of Stephen Karam's New Musical EMMA

Waterwell will present a workshop of Stephen Karam's new musical Emma, based on the novel by Jane Austen, as the inaugural production its New Works Lab. Tamara Fisch will direct the performances at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS), May 11-14.

04.22.11EMMA by Stephen Karam to get NYC Developmental Run (Playbill.com)

Speech and Debate playwright Stephen Karam will test his new musical Emma with a 12-person cast featuring the young students of Manhattan's Professional Performing Arts School in May, in a production directed by Tamara Fisch.

03.10.11Portland Mercury Review of THE SCENE

"Tamara Fisch's direction is thoughtful and inventive, with well-chosen music cues and lighting effects nicely supplementing the minimalistic set, and the intimacy of the space itself helps create a deep, immersive experience. The cast is extraordinary. Put simply, The Scene features some of the best local performances you're likely to see all year."

03.10.11Portland Monthly Review of THE SCENE

"With acting this exquisite and material this brilliant, you don’t need an ornate frame. Almost every line of dialogue is quote-worthy, and almost every moment between characters, is a moment of epiphany. This play is so potent…it’s surreal."

02.23.11Arts Dispatch Review of THE SCENE

"Peculiar and wonderful, Theresa Rebeck's The Scene as staged by Portland Playhouse tells a sad tale. An out-of-work actor loses his home, his marriage, his best friend and every shred of his dignity over the course of the play. But it is also funny, hilarious even. And at the end of the play, you wonder how so much comedy has laughed its way through such much disintegration."

02.23.11Willamette Week Review of THE SCENE

"In Portland Playhouse’s production, directed by Tamara Fisch, Leif Norby, Ty Hewitt and Laura Faye-Smith are all turn in strong performances, but Nikki Weaver’s Clea commands the stage, seeming to absorb all the light in the room."

02.21.11The Oregonian Review of THE SCENE

"Director Tamara Fisch gives this production a sense of economy and momentum, and draws passionate performances especially from Leif Norby as Charlie, likable even while losing his moorings, and Laura Faye Smith as Stella, so grounded she’s in danger of getting left high and dry in Clea’s chaotic wake."

02.07.10New York Times Article about MISSED CONNECTIONS NYC

You Were a Mexican with Friends by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Tamara Fisch, is featured in this article about CraigsList Missed Connections Ads as inspiration for art and theater.