THE MIRACLE WORKER: Actors Co-op; Los Angeles
*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