Dark at the End of the Tunnel
Paden Fallis is your go-to guy for neurotic macho intensity.
Paden Fallis performs his play with an energy and precision seldom seen around here.
At times, the story is so fluid and candid that the audience can't help
but lean forward and open their ears, sympathizing and hanging on every word.
Paden Fallis is ingratiating as Beane. His loneliness at the outset is palpable.
The second couple of players, Paden Fallis and Tracy Liz Miller, are quite different. He (Fallis) has an angular face, which is very expressive, and a voice and hands to match that angularity. Holding a bottle of beer, or a woman, his hands seem to be the focus of things. Watching a stranger on his lawn, his face is all that matters. Discussing the newest discovery of a lifetime of searching for affection, his voice carries all the meaning in the world as his body becomes a literal dishrag of solidity.
The cast — Halliburton, Beaudin, Paden Fallis and Tracy Liz Miller — is immensely versatile and likable. They respond admirably to Chuck Hudson's finely tuned direction. Everything is fresh and believable, even as notions of reality are challenged.
Not since Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza waxed philosophic about Soup Nazis and muffin tops have actors (Fallis and Beaudin) bantered to such perfect effect...the actors' timing - great use of pregnant pauses and silly silence - and their physicality, make this the funniest scene in an already funny play.
The Master Builder
In the supporting roles, Paden Fallis as his [Solness’] son lets us glimpse at just the right moment the young man's awareness that he is smarter than Solness and can outlast him.
Co-director Fallis is oddly charming as Marshall, an actor who lives his life in character. In a fake mustache and a wig that looks as if it's direct from the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video, Fallis makes lines like "Counterfeit emotion is really my style" sound natural.
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.
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.
Paden Fallis as the coach is simply superb under the sure direction of Tamara Fisch.
One of the tensest hours of theatre I’ve experienced and one of the best one-man plays I’ve ever been to.
A one-man tour de force!
Fallis give a powerhouse performance, bringing the audience right into the huddle and down on courtside as the action unspools.
Off-Off Pick of the Week
The sports arena, with a difference: It has a dark side.
Impressive! Surprisingly realistic! Despite the absence of anyone else on stage, it was easy to believe that we were watching a real coach at a real playoff basketball game.
The Play about The Coach is a winner!
Fallis uncannily imitates every young-ish coach we've ever seen, his sharp eye taking in everything on the imaginary gym floor and his predatory mind looking for any advantage.
The Play about The Coach is about more than just a game, and you don't have to be a sports fan to get swept up in the action
You can almost smell the testosterone!
If a young Bruce Campbell were suddenly tapped to run Butler or any other mid-major’s program, that’s what this performance would look like.
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.
Paden Fallis' solo show 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.
Compelling and frenetic performance.