Critic's Corner

The Vagina Monologues:

Lane has the timing of a standup comic, improvising her way through the audience's inevitable laughter to draw it out as long as possible.

But she also, for my money, has the softest touch of the show. She gets that the script, funny as it is, also is sad. We're laughing only because the facts at hand are too outrageous to avoid it. Watch her during her castmates' "funny" pieces. There's the slightest twinge of pain in her slow smiles. (Joey Seiler)

Lauren Lane, who may be recognized by television fans for her work on "The Nanny," plays in a lower and subtler key. She combines an earthy sensuality with a Veronica Lake look and an engaging sense of humor. (Joey Seiler)


The Clean House:

 This proves to be problematic for her power-achiever MD employer, Lane, played to perfection by Lauren Lane. ( Spike Gillespie)

Lauren Lane merits her star billing. She functions as the “straight man” for all the others’ eccentricities but her superb timing and subtle, visibly progressing reactions hold her at the center of the action. Here is a disadvantage of theatre in the round – inevitably she has her back to some part of the audience, who get a completely different “read” of the action, unable to follow it in her face. The tradeoff, of course, is proximity, so that the audience feel that they are sharing a living room with the characters. (Austin Live Theatre Review)


House of Several Stories:

 Similarly, Lane is so enchanting, such an astonishing comic actress, such a gift to this city (nay—the stage that is the world!) that not only is she a hard act to follow, she’s a hard act to stand beside. Which is not to say that Lane—or Streep for that matter— are out to upstage their fellows. Au contraire. For among her other charms, Lane certainly knows how to play well with others. (Spike Gillespie)

Boulanger's absurd story requires not just a quick tempo but a manic one, and Lauren Lane as alcoholic mother Sue, Martin Burke as suicidal adopted son Bastian, and Meredith McCall as deluded sister Rissa are nothing short of phenomenal. ( Barry Pineo- The Austin Chronicle)


Becky's New Car:

As Becky, Lane (former star of the sit-com “The Nanny” and now teaching acting at Texas State University) projects just the right combination middle-aged, middle American ennui and likeable spunk even though that gets Becky’s life in a jumble.

( Jeanne Claire van Ryzin - Austin American-Statesman)

As Lauren Lane’s Becky waltzes on to stage, vacuum cleaner in hand, its difficult not to love her. Dietz seems to have created in her a wonderful collection of charms and quirks that instantly endear her to the audience, with just enough flaws to keep things interesting and make her seem human. Using this template, Lane hits the ground running, sculpting an earnest and heartfelt performance, while still being able to garner quite a few laughs throughout the work. It’s the audience’s love for the character that makes her horrible downfall near the end of the play hit that much harder, helping us to appreciate the ending to a much greater degree. Lane and Dietz have created one of the most memorable characters of the year, which is sure to have members of the audience laughing until their sides heart and crying their eyes out.

(Ryan E. Johnson

I have said, probably more than once, that Lauren Lane could read the phone book in a faux French accent and I would swoon. I mean, she has more talent in one single raised eyebrow than most people have in their entire extended family. Fortunately, thanks to this bottomless wealth of thespian genius she possesses, she is not ever (that I know of) relegated to reciting phone numbers. Dietz's play, like the others I've seen Lauren in, is quite delicious. (Spike Gillespie- Spike Speaks) 


Celebrity Autobiography:

  Lauren Lane and Daniel Davis - “C.C. Babcock” and “Niles” (respectively) from "The Nanny" - sparkle onstage.  Reunited for the first time since their sitcom went off the air, they stop the show as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and individually draw some of the night’s strongest laughs. ( Rob Faubion- Austin On Stage)


A Writer's Vision(s):

Even big names like Lauren Lane, who plays one of a trio of hilarious Doctors, and Babs George, who gives a stunningly caustic performance as the writer's mother, get very little stage time, through those rare moments they do grace us with their presence are heavenly. ( Ryan E. Johnson)


August:Osage County:

But character-wise, the core of this play belongs to Violet and her eldest daughter, Barbara. Their wrenching relationship swings from almost-comfortable to combative over and over as mom manipulates, lies, shimmies and sways as only a committed drug addict can. As Violet, Lana Dieterich sinks her teeth into one of the meatiest AARP-age roles ever, and Lauren Lane pairs well with her as the tightly wound professor, Barbara, whose howl of despair is all the worse because she seems so in control. (Georgia Young - Austinist)



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