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SUMMER AND SMOKE

Actors Co-op; Los Angeles, California

"Kudos to a superb design team and ensemble surrounding the revelatory Tara Battani and excellent Gregory James. Both actors vanish inside their characters. Her evanescent, Mary-Louise Parker-meets-Kristen Wiig aspects are countered by his calmly volcanic energies, which recall the young Al Pacino by way of Adam Scott.  Indeed, one would likely need to travel back to the legendary José Quintero-helmed 1952 Circle in the Square production that launched Geraldine Page and the Off-Broadway movement to find such vivid embodiment of subtext.  It would be unthinkable to miss." 

 

~ DAVID C. NICHOLS, LA Times CRITIC'S CHOICE

"An outstanding performance by Battani in the lead roleI marveled at Battani the way one does at a magician, wondering: "How does she do it?" Indeed, Battani delivers a finely etched performance ... Hers is arguably among the finest acting I've ever seen on the L.A. boards, and is by itself worth the price of admission." 

~ ED RAMPBELL, People's World

"This sturdy production is anchored by excellent performances, with standout work from Tara Battani as Alma who is a revelation. It is with great care and skill that this cast and crew make it a memorable must-see." 

~ ERIN FAIR, Discover Hollywood Magazine

 "It's as if Julia Roberts is playing the role.  Battani proved herself quite the stunning actress, as Miss Alma's transformation was touching and graceful, truly gallante." 

 ~ DON GRIGWARE, Broadway World CRITIC'S CHOICE

"Director Thom Babbes helms this intelligent and emotionally stirring rendition, evoking a timeless relevance.  The key relationship is between strongly repressed spinster Alma (Tara Battani, superb) and John (Gregory James, excellent), a womanizing local physician with an unusual bedside manner. These actors deliver richly nuanced portrayals, evoking a fine chemistry."

~ LES SPINDLE, Frontiers LA

  "The two leads, Tara Battani as the soft spoken Alma, and Gregory James as the aloof John Jr. stand out with their depictions of their two opposites consisting of a tarnish southern belle and a southern gentleman who isn’t necessarily the gentle man. This pair perform upon excellence likewise with their supporting players that add to the relish and fascination this stage work showcases."

~  Accessibility Live Off-Line

"This is a terrific ensemble cast playing these rich characters, seamlessly.  In a complex performance, Ms Battani has found Alma’s aching vulnerability of the second act which helps to offset her external “nervous” mannerisms when we first meet her.  Directed with style by Thomas Babbes, the Scenic Design by Rich Rose and the Costume Design by Vicki Conrad complete this rich theatrical experience."

~ PATRICIA  FOSTER RYE, PatriciaRye.com


THE MIRACLE WORKER
Actors Co-op; Los Angeles, California

* AWARD: Stage Scene LA Award BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE

"Battani (as teacher Annie Sullivan) is phenomenal ... Powerhouse performance ... Career-defining ... Battani has been wonderful before, but never more so than in this performance eminently deserving of award consideration ... "
 ~ STEVEN STANLEY, Stage Scene LA

" Outstanding talent ... Battani's performance left me speechless, totally engulfed in her vivid portrayal ... I have seen many productions of this play but have never heard such laughter (and tears) from an audience in all the right places, a true testament to the acting skill of the cast ..." ~ SHARI BARRETT, Broadway World

"GO!  (Battani and Soibelman) bring visceral intensity to the battle of wits and will ... Fine performances!"  ~NEAL WEAVER, LA Weekly

"Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, the multiple-award-winning originators of the roles of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller, are pretty tough acts to follow, but Tara Battani and Danielle Soibelman do a nice job ... Battani certainly captures Annie’s brassiness, roaring onstage and never letting up for two and a half hours ... an earnest production and worth attending for the performances of the two leads.." ~ KURT GARDNER, Blog Critics

"Annie was brave. Helen was braver. So are the actors portraying them, under the polished direction of Thom Babbes. Annie is taken on by Tara Battani, relatively period but mostly loose-limbed and living in roiling determination ...  Helen is played by Danielle Soibelman, totally immersed yet disciplined enough to throw punches, unafraid to grab her scene partner’s face, engaging in some of the most convincing stage combat seen in Los Angeles. These two ragingly impassioned and physically committed actors fully engage with their roles ... The audience would be satisfied watching only these two ... "  ~ DANY MARGOLIES, Arts In LA

"I’d also like to commend Tara Battani, who plays Annie Sullivan, the inspirational instructor whose determination, strength and wit make for an excellent success story ... Battani pours all three into her character, portraying Sullivan with dignity and honor ... See it, love it and remember it, because it’s a story you won’t be able to shake ..." ~ ALYSSA MARCY, Life In LA

"Battani gives a most compelling performance as Annie ... A teacher par excellence, at the level of Jaime Escalante, Annie Sullivan has been a universal inspiration throughout generations, and The Miracle Worker succeeds in bringing this miraculous story to life onstage." ~ BONNIE PRIEVER, Tolucan Times
 

 
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
The Lounge Theatre; Los Angeles, California


* AWARD: Stage Scene LA Award OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
 
"A harrowing portrait of the ravages of alcoholism ... Director Rebecca Hayes' bare-bones production is blessed with two shattering lead performances, eliciting raw emotional power ... This masterfully nuanced production leaves one with a lingering sense of profound melancholy." ~ Les Spindle, BACKSTAGE WEST CRITIC'S PICK OF THE WEEK!

"Director Rebecca Hayes wisely places her focus on eliciting authentic, nuanced performances from her cast, and on this she is rewarded by terrific work all around, particularly from her two stars ...  With Bell and Battani center stage, we stay on both their sides up to the final curtain. Both stars excel at one of an actor’s greatest challenges—playing drunk, and not simply playing drunk, but playing varying degrees of drunkenness. At this and throughout, both are absolutely believable, and Battani in particular simply breaks our hearts ...  Remains every bit as powerful and impactful as it was back in the black-and-white TV ‘50s. Trust me. It will leave you raw."  ~ STEVEN STANLEY, Stage Scene LA

"GO!  The cast of five elevate the emotional material with their raw, honest performances."  ~ PAULINE ADAMEK, LA Weekly

"This production gives us that love story unvarnished. And it is definitely worth a look."  ~ SAMUEL BERNSTEIN, Edge Los Angeles


THE TRAVELING LADY
Actors Co-Op; Los Angeles, California

* AWARD: Stage Scene LA Award OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST PERFORMANCE
 
"So well done that you might even forget you’re watching a play.  The lovely Battani (she's really from Texas) makes this role, famously originated by Kim Stanley, her own." ~ MARGARET GRAY, The Los Angeles Times
 
"An absolutely perfect gem of a production .. impeccably performed .. Battani radiates warmth and wholesome charm, winning hearts from her first appearance and allowing us to see that the confident smile Georgette shows the world is a mask she uses to hide tears not far beneath the surface." ~ STEVEN STANLEY, Stage Scene LA
 
"Linda Kerns sensitively directs a dream cast, each of whom, with an authentic Texas drawl, seems so natural, their parts could have been written with only them in mind.  Talented Tara Battani, the heartbroken wife, breaks ours as well." ~ INGRID WILMOT "Will Call"



THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
Actors Co-Op; Los Angeles, California
 
"This is the stunning, sparkling Tara Battani's show and she runs away with it..considering (author Phillip) Barry wrote the play specifically for (original star Katharine) Hepburn, that's no small task.  Battani snaps and crackles and pops.."  REBECCA HAITHCOAT, LA Weekly
 
"The gorgeous Battani makes a memorable Co-op mainstage debut as Tracy, recalling the spirited elegance of Katharine Hepburn, without ever imitating the stage and screen legend.."  ~ STEVEN STANLEY, Stage Scene LA


THE HOUSE OF YES
The Next Stage Theatre; Los Angeles, California

"(As Jackie-O) is a fine Tara Battani ... Uniformly good performances
..." LOVELL ESTELL III, La Weekly


GYPSY
Granada Hills Theatre; Los Angeles, California
 

"Battani delivers a delicate and fully realized performance..and is vivid and convincing.." D.J. CARLILE, The Daily News


LOVE'S FIRE
Mary Moody Northen Theatre; Austin, Texas
 
* NOMINEE - B. Iden Payne Award BEST ENSEMBLE
 
"Most effective..leading to the strength of their actors.. (one of which was Battani's) crisp, haughty speech of denunciation..peaked creatively.." MICHAEL BARNES, Austin-American-Statesman
 
"Intrinsically unique..riveting and powerful..the cast works well.." SKIPPER CHONG WARSON, Austin Weekly



CAMELOT
Mary Moody Northen Theatre; Austin, Texas
 
* AWARD - Mary Moody Northen Theatre Award BEST ACTRESS
* NOMINEE - Austin Critic's Table Award BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

 
"Battani as Guenevere has an absolutely beautiful singing voice..her solos were stunning..carries the musical.." SHILANDRA WOOLRIDGE, Austin Weekly

 


POLAROID STORIES
Hyde Park Theatre; Austin, Texas
 
"Portrayed by an assembly of charming, talented young actors..convincing..the cast's youth and energy runs free.." ~ ADA CALHOUN, Austin Weekly
 
"Compelling performances (bring) the poetic script to fullness..an ending that brings chills to the spine.." JAMIE SMITH CANTARA, Austin-American-Statesman


A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/ A NIGHT UKRAINE
Mary Moody Northen Theatre; Austin, Texas
 
* AWARD - Austin Critic's Table Award BEST ENSEMBLE
 
"An evening of pleasure..thoroughly entertaining confection..impressive cast of eight..gems from this are..Tara Battani and Cory Cruser..Battani beguiles as she poses and laments.."  JAMIE SMITH CANTARA, Austin-American-Statesman
 
"Lifts your spirits..Battani (portrayed) a sense of lovely longing..to coin a phrase, this was a NIGHT to remember..do well to spend a day in this Hollywood, a night in this Ukraine.." ROBERT FAIRES, Austin Weekly


DANCING AT LUGHNASA
Mary Moody Northen Theatre; Austin, Texas
 
"The most power is found in the silent engages and this is where each actor (expresses) the most..there are the fragile moments of anticipation as beautiful Chris (Tara Battani) (waits) for her love (to) walk up the path, and can sense the fear and excitement coursing through her frail, trembling arms..DANCING truly shines.." SARAH HEPOLA, Austin Weekly
 
"The performances by the women actors are nothing less then extraordinary..they laugh, cry and move about the stage as an ensemble..skillfully staged.." LISA BYRD, Austin-American-Statesman



LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Mary Moody Northen Theatre; Austin, Texas
 
"Special recognition goes to the blossoming couple, Battani as Audrey and Barrett as that loveable twit Seymour, whose aw-shucks earnestness together make any scene sparkle.." SARAH HEPOLA, Austin Weekly
 
"The talented cast has a blast..Tara Battani's Audrey delights.  Giving her character a high, squeaky voice, and steps as tiny as her heart is big, Battani's rendition of "Somewhere That's Green was touching..one bang up show you won't want to miss.."  JAMIE SMITH, Austin-American-Statesman
 
"Kudos also goes to..Tara Battani (Audrey) who shifts from gawky ditz to elegant songbird as the musical numbers pick up.."  MATT VALENTINE, Daily Texan

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