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Dieterich Delights
"...Select helpings of praise for Lana Dieterich's artistry, as published in these pages...."

Sept. 20, 2002 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Smooth Ride
When Lana Dieterich is acting, nothing seems calculated or forced, no step is false. Her performances are smooth as glass, as silk, as a ride on the bike that she pedals regularly around her Hyde Park neighborhood.
"...first FronteraFest, she had the good fortune to have Lana Dieterich portray its lead character, a major-league barfly. The..."

Sept. 20, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Most Memorable Theatrical Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2002
Austin Chronicle reviewer Barry Pineo delivers his list of the Top 10 most memorable moments in Austin theatre for 2002.
"...Park Theatre's Vigil, with Ken Webster carrying two hours, Lana Dieterich supporting every moment, and a luminous and utterly..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

The Good Eye: Tales From the Aging Box
Two actresses opine on when the only opportunity left is to play a mother. (Or a grandmother.)
"...Stage and screen actress Lana Dieterich (Fast Food Nation, Teeth, Love & Air Sex)..."

March 13, 2015 Column by Amy Gentry

Top 10 Onstage Works of Wonder in 2002
Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires delivers his list of the Top 10 most memorable productions in the performing arts for 2002.
"...on an Austin stage this year, especially Cyndi Williams, Lana Dieterich, Robert Fisher, and Lowell Bartholomee.Honorable MentionsPeter Pan (Ballet..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Vigil
This play about death is so funny you feel healthier after than you did before
"...passes away. He is her only living relative. Grace (Lana Dieterich) can hardly be blamed for her apprehension; among..."

Oct. 1, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Morning's at Seven
A fine cast and expert staging transport us back to a more gracious America
"...has enlisted from the community. Bobbie Oliver, Kathleen Lawson, Lana Dieterich, and Jennifer Underwood play the sisters. They make..."

Dec. 3, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

16 Spells to Charm the Beast
Playwright Lisa D'Amour's 16 Spells to Charm the Beast is an urban fable of loneliness and love set in a whimsical world where furry brutes pine for sophisticated housewives; at its best Salvage Vanguard Theater's production casts its own spell, capturing us in a thrall of poetic visions reflecting natural desire and supernatural devotion.
"...Jonathan Keen Archipelago Redbreast, or entertaining her many grandchildren, Lana Dieterich's Lillian revels in the details of the world,..."

Feb. 28, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Celebrity Crush
We've all got 'em, crushes on celebrities. At least, that's the premise of Refraction Arts' Celebrity Crush, and a bunch of talented artists reveal theirs in some quite entertaining ways.
"...Some of us have got more than one. Like Lana Dieterich, who presents her "Lurid Teenage Diary," a compendium..."

March 8, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Gin Game
Onstage Theatre Company's production of The Gin Game manages to do justice to D.L. Coburn's 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, taking two people who sit around playing cards and holding our attention for the better part of two hours.
"...feet moving around.) Tolaro's actors are Richard Craig and Lana Dieterich, and both prove up to the task of..."

Feb. 15, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Articulations
Austin won't be a capital of culture in 2004, Martha Norkunas won't be the director of Texas Folklife Resources, and Lana Dieterich won't be opening 'Always … Patsy Cline' this week
"...This week, busy actress Lana Dieterich was supposed to be opening a new show..."

Jan. 16, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Groundswell Theatre Company's Bear Eats Bear
This site-specific audio work puts the audience in a postapocalyptic world to show how central art is to the human experience
"...credits) provide the narration. Nobody does a bad job; Lana Dieterich's character-filled voice and manner of telling seem designed..."

Nov. 3, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Hyde Park Theatre's John
In playwright Annie Baker's fun twist on haunted house tales, you learn what it is to be watched
"...couch drinking with Mertis and her enigmatic friend Genevieve (Lana Dieterich, whose comic timing once again delights), a blind..."

March 17, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Top 10 Theatre Performances of 2015
The Austin stage actors who gave the most impressive performances in 2015 just made it look so damned easy
"...6) Lana Dieterich as Lou Pepper in Year Of The Rooster..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Shanon Weaver

Capital T Theatre's Year of the Rooster
Behind the black comedy of Eric Dufault's cockfighting play is a stunning indictment of hypermasculinity
"...Lou might seem an ancillary character, but the phenomenal Lana Dieterich breathes complexity into her, conveying Lou's fears of..."

Sept. 4, 2015 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Suicide
The title may sound heavy, but this is a black comedy, given an artful and playful new staging by Paper Chairs
"...and ethnicities. As Semyon's delightfully bumfuzzled mother-in-law, grande dame Lana Dieterich holds on to her crown as a crowd-pleaser...."

May 23, 2014 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Smith

Glassheart
Reina Hardy's update on 'Beauty and the Beast' is fascinating, but the premiere is oddly lacking given the talents involved
"...It turns out that the landlady is a witch (Lana Dieterich), and the new neighbor (Shannon Grounds) has some..."

Sept. 6, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
"...Lana Dieterich: My first drunk was Mrs. Upton Asterbilt, who..."

July 3, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

August: Osage County
Zach Theatre makes you feel right at home with Tracy Letts' epic family drama
"...really hammers it home. From leads Lauren Lane and Lana Dieterich on down, the acting is truly wonderful...."

April 22, 2011 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Top 10 Favorite Arts-Related, Ah, Things From the Past 12 Months
A surfeit of visual-arts splendors and transcendent theatre elevate 2010
"...of Morris Panych's Vigil gave us Ken Webster and Lana Dieterich matching each other, nuance for nuance and timing..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Zach Theatre
The theatre is giving away a free wedding to some homegrown George and Emily
"...number of other notable local actors, including Janelle Buchanan, Lana Dieterich, Harvey Guion, Billy Harden, Marco Perella, Scotty Roberts,..."

March 26, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hamilton Township
Salvage Vanguard turns Jason Grote's new play into a rare slice of performance: funny, frightening, visceral, violent, and totally unforgettable
"...pell-mell from a powerful weapon. Longtime Austin theatre vet Lana Dieterich plays the sleeping old woman, and she never..."

June 13, 2008 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Man Who Laughed
More remembrances of Boyd Vance
"...Lana Dieterich..."

April 29, 2005 Arts Feature

Bell, Book, and Candle
The comic skill of the actors in OnStage Theatre Company's revival of Bell, Book, and Candle makes magic
"...to giddy life here with a gleeful cackle by Lana Dieterich in leopard-print blouse and jewelry dripping off her..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Orange
Refraction Arts Project's production of Orange is a true accomplishment, with interlaced stories weaving an explosive tale about the destruction of humanity
"...performances by Judson Jones, Matt Hislope, Douglas Taylor, and Lana Dieterich. Much of the cast is splendid to watch,..."

May 21, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Perdita
Perdita, playwright Monika Bustamante's chilling exploration of what can happen when loss barrels its way through everyday lives, is one of the most tightly crafted and beautifully written works of the year, and its production at Hyde Park Theatre is of sterling quality.
"...If Webster's direction is commendable, so is his cast. Lana Dieterich stands out, working her prickly charm as Goldie,..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Arts Review by Molly Beth Brenner

Double D'Amour
In one week, Austin is blessed with two theatrical projects by gifted playwright Lisa D'Amour: her 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, a curious romance between a big-city enchantress and the fairy-tale beast who adores her; and Nita and Zita, a cabaret in which the ghosts of two sisters relate the story of their lives as a vaudeville team and as eccentric "gypsy ladies" in New Orleans in dance numbers, songs, and malapropisms.
"...-- Monika Bustamante, Harvey Guion, and Cyndi Williams, with Lana Dieterich as the apple of the Beast's eye, and..."

Feb. 28, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Vigil
In Vigil, playwright Morris Panych has written a rich character study that is also an extremely perceptive, wise rumination on death, but it's also very funny, and Hyde Park Theatre's production allows Panych's script to shine like a light through a lonely window.
"...he's done it many times before (which he has). Lana Dieterich listens well as Grace, embodies the implications of..."

Sept. 13, 2002 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

You Made Me Love You
What is this thing called crush? Specifically, what makes us swoon over people we've never met? The creative minds at the Blue Theater have gathered over two dozen actors, musicians, artists, writers, and puppeteers to create art, wall-writing, and short performance pieces to address that very question in Celebrity Crush.
"...Actor Lana Dieterich, who will read from her own teen diary..."

March 1, 2002 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

The Metamorphosis
Capturing the creepy power and tone of Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis, in which a man awakes one morning to find himself turned into a giant beetle, in a stage production may be as difficult as capturing the rare Megolaponera foetens. Still, the Refraction Arts / Public Domain co-production of The Metamorphosis is a valiant attempt, and possible required viewing for any Kafka aficionado.@META_Category_arts: Review
"...boarders, bureaucrats) in bringing Gregor to his sad end. Lana Dieterich and Harvey Guion, as Mom and Pop, provide..."

June 22, 2001 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

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