A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Syracuse University, 2006

 “When a new, untenured faculty director premieres a show you know it pretty well has to knock your eyes out. That is what Lisa Anne Porter does with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her Dream is a feast, filled with high and low jinks, spooky supernaturalism, laugh-out-loud spoof and joyous eroticism. Although there are 22 standout performances, it’s the overall conception that pulls you out of your seat… For all the razzmatazz in the production values, director Porter always honors the dialogue first… Porter’s handling of a student ensemble is precisely timed perfection.”

James MacKillip, Syracuse New Times, February 2006

 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, directed by Lisa Anne Porter, is sumptuous, a sweeping, action-filled show that fully catches the play’s light comic spirit along with its darker side—a fusion of waking and dream that leaves the characters teetering between reason and fantasy.”

Neil Novelli, The Post-Standard, February 2006


Co-Director of Proof, Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette, CA, 2010

“This production is team directed by Marybeth Cavanaugh and Lisa Anne Porter. Lisa Anne Porter said in a recent interview, “We are really excited to jump into this play about fathers and daughters and sisters, madness and genius, love and loss.  — “  The performances are absolutely superb! Clive Worsley (as Robert) is brilliant in his portrayal of madness intertwined with sanity. This production packed the theater leaving standing room only. After the applause finally died out, I overheard several people as they were filing out of the theatre, who said they were so excited about Town Hall in general, that they were going downstairs to immediately sign up for the next season’s productions. I agree and I hope they did!”

Charles Jarrret. For All Events, June 10, 2010

Proof: Mirth, Mystery, Madness and Math
A review by Sophie Braccini

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Director of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette, CA, 2011

“Between the play’s 1993 premiere and the turn of the century, I probably saw ‘Picasso’ a dozen times and almost knew it by heart. And while all that familiarity didn’t breed contempt, it did breed a sort of numbing familiarity that made me lose my appreciation of the show’s mad comic genius. Since then, though, I hadn’t seen the play until catching Town Hall Theatre’s dazzling production last weekend. The show was not only well done, it also proved the piece has legs and remains as meaningful as it was in 1993… Porter’s direction moves things along quickly, yet gives the illusion of lingering on portions worthy of some pause for thought.”

Pat Craig, The Mercury News , September 26, 2011

It’s a Wonderful Life

Director of It’s a Wonderful Life, Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette, CA, 2012

“I showed up only minutes before the curtain, trying to avoid friends in the lobby and knowing that in not too much time, I would be at my keyboard doing the journalistic equivalent of kicking a kitten. Then the show started. Within seconds, I was captivated, quickly learning the lesson that, while schmaltz tends not to work in movies, it comes on like gangbusters on stage (particularly in an intimate theater like Town Hall). The charming innocence of George Bailey (Dan Saski) comes through beautifully as we see, in flashback, how a genuinely good man can be led to suicide when life, and the wealthy town villain, Henry Potter (Randy Anger), turn against him. And, bang, I’m hooked like a carp…But it’s Porter who should get much of the credit for the living picture she creates with the show. From the start, when most of the actors are seated on stage with their backs to the audience, the show has an “Our Town” feel to it.”

Pat Craig, Mercury News, December 4, 2012

“While Scrooge was a Town Hall Theatre favourite of holidays past, the stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life which opened Nov. 29 promises a production as successful and popular as the Dickens’ classic… A drama more than a comedy, It’s a Wonderful Life does not hesitate to dwell in the darkest corners of the human soul; it talks of greed, selfishness and treason. The story also explores how to deal with life when big dreams must be scaled down. But its charm comes from showing the difference one decent human being can make, and that the good you do can one day come back to you.. Porter brings this magic to the stage, and audience members are sure to leave Town Hall Theatre with happy hearts, filled with optimism and joy.”

Sophie Braccini, Lamorinda Weekly, December 5, 2012

Let the Right One In

Resident Associate Director of Let the Right One In, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA 2023

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