Bedlam's The Seagull

A remarkable bit of stage alchemy occurs after the intermission of Anya Reiss’s adaptation of the Chekhov classic for Bedlam... Focussing on a series of one-on-one scenes — between Trigorin (Jason O’Connell) and Nina (Laura Baranik), Trigorin and Irina (Vaishnavi Sharma), and Nina and Konstantin (Eric Tucker, who also directs) — the piece achieves a formidable emotional intensity. While you would expect the artifice of acting to be more visible under such close scrutiny, the cast of ten succeeds in revealing deep, non-artificial truths.”

— The New Yorker

“As for The Seagull… the actors are equally stellar here, with a special nod to Ms. Baranik as Nina.”

— The Huffington Post

 

Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility

“[T]he greedy Fanny (deliciously acidulous Laura Baranik) nixes her husband’s promise to help out his suddenly impoverished half sisters...At any given moment, there’s some little footnote to savor: Baranik, for instance, as an unnamed dowager... off in a corner, sucking her teeth in boredom and disgust.” 

Time Out NY (Critics' Pick)

"Truly this ensemble is superb, but a few of the actors had me laughing so hard, I must mention them: Stephan Wolfert, once he dons his wig, puts on an unforgettable torqued face; Laura Baranik as the mean-spirited Fanny Dashwood wears her hypocrisy in her upturned nose; and Nicole Lewis’ Mrs. Jennings, well, she is simply a yenta of first order. No wonder this unique production has been extended.”

— The Huffington Post

“Each delivers authentic and honest portrayals of their characters. For instance, Laura Baranik portrays the cold and selfish Fanny Dashwood with a robotic snap of the neck that chills even the faintest generous streak in her husband John.”

— Theatre Reviews Limited

"It’s hard to imagine a more dexterous cast to pull off such antics… Laura Baranik is a hoot as the vindictive Fanny Ferrars Dashwood, who can’t kick her relations out of their former estate fast enough (she also plays the coy, crafty Lucy Steele, who competes with Elinor for Edward’s hand).”

— Gay City News

“Ten cast members portray all of the key characters from Sense & Sensibility, with several of them doubling roles. Most impressive in that regard is Laura Baranik, who portrays both the tightfisted Fanny Dashwood and the unsophisticated Lucy Steele. Baranik’s voice and body language create distinct characters, and one of the best scenes involves Baranik playing both in the same scene seamlessly.”

— Daily Actor

 

Othello

“Desdemona is often played as a Patient Griselda, like Chaucer’s character entirely obedient to her lord through test after test. Here, though, she’s more modern, spunky and flirtatious.”

— Westword

 

As You Like It

 

Mr. Burns: a post-electric play

 

Chase, in Prose

 

"The most memorable scenes are the ones in which Ms. Baranik (who is a major find) shares the stage with the ever-interesting Jason O’Connell... The unexpected combination of his offhandedness and Ms. Baranik’s intensity—you can actually see her trembling—ratchets up the tension to a startling degree."

— Wall Street Journal (Best Classical Production of 2014)

"Laura Baranik captures Nina's coltish enthusiasm for life and her intense feeling for Trigorin; when she returns a broken woman, she is, intriguingly, both tougher, in her understanding of the world and her failed career, and more fragile, in her utter heartbreak.”

— Lighting and Sound America

“In her early scenes, Baranik as Nina comes across as slightly more sophisticated than the standard Ninas.... [H]er performance in Konstantin’s pretentious play-within-the-play is particularly amusing. She also executes Nina’s fourth-act return... with finesse, not something always accomplished.”

— The Huffington Post

“...[B]elievably emotionally fragile Laura Baranik...”

 Theater Pizzazz

 

Delectable portrayals abound, including... Laura Baranik as nasty sister-in-law Fanny. “

— The Huffington Post

“[P]layed with delicious nastiness by Laura Baranik.”

— Plays to See

“[Bedlam's] is a bouncy, jaunty take on Austen, with a 10-member cast taking on an assortment of roles that are always clearly defined, sometimes as graphically as caricatures by the Dickens illustrator Phiz... [J]ust watch how Laura Baranik and Samantha Steinmetz, with the aid of that rolling furniture, conduct conversations between two older and younger sets of characters in a drawing room scene.”

— Ben Brantley, The New York Times (Critics' Pick)

“Laura Baranik plays some of the most tightly wound, insufferable characters (the nasty skinflint Fanny Dashwood chiefly among them) seen on stage, yet somehow to uproarious laughter."

 Theater Pizzazz

“Wicked Fanny Dashwood, his scheming wife (Laura Baranik), might dance right up to you and say something mean. She’s not only a versatile actress but a singer, dancer and prop mover, like all the other multi-taskers of this cast.”

LA Splash

“They are well matched by... Laura Baranik (as the nastiest sister-in-law imaginable, comporting herself like the vilest swan imaginable in an animated ‘Ugly Duckling’).”

— The Huffington Post

 

“The great love story of Othello and Desdemona is given passion by the performances of Peter Macon and Laura Baranik. Baranik brings a youthful energy to Desdemona that is authentic and exuberant.”

— Boulder Magazine

“[A] sterling cast... [The] lead performances bring a stirring depth and pathos to the central characters... Laura Baranik offers a polished take as the doomed Desdemona, eschewing a straightforward take on the character for one that incorporates seductiveness and sass.”

— Boulder Daily Camera

“[As] Desdemona is ever more wronged, Baranik works the anger, shame, frustration, and hurt of the character well, giving us a woman struggling to understand her doom.”

— Brad-Weismann.com

 

"As Phebe, Laura Baranik steals most of the scenes she's in."

 — The Prague Post

“Laura Baranik is amusingly haughty as Phebe, who disdains her shepherd suitor (Hays) but falls for the disguised-as-a-guy Rosalind.”

The Houston Chronicle

"Laura Baranik is sexy, saucy, and superb."

— Chron.com

 

 

“Every member of the cast is able to handle the mercurial changes of style demanded, from realism to cartoon kitsch to musical moments reminiscent of Les Miserables...Laura Baranik, Greg Cote, Elissa Levitt, Cary Scott, Alison Weller and Jo Brisbane all do superb jobs with the transformation of their multiple characters." 

— The Cape Cod Times

“The absurdity of the show is successfully driven forward by the superb performances… Director Philip Hays doesn’t try to rein in this talented troupe, and the actors seem to relish every moment... They sing, they dance and they emote fantastically.”

— Cape Cod Chronicle

“The talent of the cast and production team is remarkable. There is not a missed step or note in a show that is incredibly complex... The pensive Maria [is] played by the talented and lovely Laura Baranik.”

— Wicked Local

 

"...a fantastic Laura Baranik..." 

— The Stop Button