Lisa Panzer Articles by: Lisa Panzer

Lisa Panzer has worked for many years in theater not only as an actor, but as a director, dramaturg, technical director, lighting designer, stage crew, and roustabout. A few of her favorite past theatrical roles include: Liz Imbrie in Philadelphia Story, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Mrs. Tarpey in Spreading the News, Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, Trinculo in The Tempest, Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet. In addition to theatrical endeavors, Mz. Panzer has also worked as a background performer in television’s Cold Case, Invincible, The Happening, several television commercials, and has played various roles in independent films including Project 21 productions and other commercial acting venues. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3355274/ for additonal information).

Hie Thee to TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL at Colonial Playhouse

Around the Region January 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm 0 comments

Director Jennifer Wolfe has assembled a talented cast and has taken TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare to a nifty new level of novelty, while retaining tradition. Although the characters are attired in modern garb, set in modern times replete with pizza and paparazzi, the essence of Shakespeare’s brilliant blend of […]

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Fun With FOOLS at PCS

Around the Region January 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm 0 comments

A toasty “ahhh” arose from the audience, as the curtain parted to reveal a stupendous set on a freezing opening night for Neil Simon’s FOOLS, directed by Jim Carroll. Soon, warm waves of laughter wafted steadily towards the stage. Simon’s farcical fable follows a schoolteacher’s efforts to educate a stunningly […]

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Treat Your Family to THE GIFT OF THE MAGI at DCP!

Around the Region December 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm 0 comments

Give your holiday spirit a boost by seeing Jon Jory’s adaptation THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, as directed by Cathy Zeller. This spectacularly staged production invites you to step into the Victorian world of Jim and Della Dillingham (delightfully, adorably played by Dylan Jeronis and Madison Hart), a young couple […]

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PCS Second Stage Takes THE GOAT (OR WHO IS SYLVIA?) by the Horns

Around the Region November 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm 0 comments

Director Thomas-Robert Irvin, cast and crew have succeeded in mounting a deftly staged production of Edward Albee’s challenging outré examination of love, sexuality and tolerance. In this comedy infused tragedy, all starts out sparkling with an attractive, well-off liberal minded middle aged couple splendidly in love; a superb set up […]

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SWEENEY TODD Makes the Cut at Footlighters

Around the Region October 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm 0 comments

Opening night for Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD, as directed by Tony Filipone, started out with energy and gusto galore, and kept right on going. Warmed up by the thrilling tones of the orchestra, led by Musical Director, Dolores Ciavola, the cast was on fire, and set the house ablaze with excitement […]

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UNNECESSARY FARCE: Worthwhile Wit at DCP

Around the Region September 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm 0 comments

Head over to DCP Theatre to catch a late summer wave of laughter with UNNECESSARY FARCE. Hilarity reigns in this finely crafted farce full of artfully done horseplay and bedroom bedlam by Paul Slade Smith. As directed by Beth Cohen this show pairs puns, pranks and pratfalls, eight room doors […]

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MAKING GOD LAUGH Wrings Rib Wracking Laughter at DCP

Around the Region June 8, 2014 at 8:58 am 0 comments

As directed by Paul Dake, MAKING GOD LAUGH wrought tears of laughter from opening night’s audience at DCP, an “amen” from one audience member, and standing ovation at the end! Some shed tears of understanding as well, for interspersed between the fast shot one-liners, ripping wit, and uproariously funny repartee is […]

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Step Right Up to See BARNUM at Footlighters Theater!

Around the Region May 2, 2014 at 8:40 am 0 comments

“Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” ~ P. T. Barnum Feel the ‘oompah’ of the band, see circus magic, hear a “Swedish Nightingale” sing, taste cotton candy and popcorn, and meet the infamous Phineas Taylor (P. T.) Barnum (masterfully portrayed by […]

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Jammin’ JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Barnstormers!

Around the Region March 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm 0 comments

Kicked gloriously into high gear from the very start by the ensemble band (Robert Diton, Director, keyboard; Caty Butler, bass; Max Dabby, horn; Colin Davis, trumpet; Kevin Hutter, saxophone; Daniel Kitching, guitar/keyboard; Andrew Mauro, lead guitar; Christopher Tolomeo, drum), who amped up the audience opening night, the intensity heightening as […]

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LOMBARDI Continues Winning Tradition at Colonial Playhouse

Around the Region March 14, 2014 at 8:35 am 0 comments

LOMBARDI, as directed by Sam Barrett, is an excellent dramatic depiction of the man and the motivation machine behind the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi (personified to a ‘T’ by T.J. Deluca); the man who refused to lose. The play, written by Eric Simonson and based on David Maraniss’s book […]

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Join in the Fun with DCP’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

Around the Region March 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm 0 comments

THE JUNGLE BOOK, directed by Cassandra Hogan, is a fun family show that will entertain, but not frighten, young children, filled with feathery and furry creatures, some friendly, some fiendish, and of course, the lost boy raised by wolves, named Mowgli (strong portrayal by Ben Killian). Mowgli is taught “jungle […]

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OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET Gets an A+ at PCS Second Stage

Around the Region January 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm 0 comments

A full house faced an empty coffin opening night for OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET; it lay open like a pandora’s box that has loosed a maelstrom of emotions to any connected with the late Sister Rose, a drinking nun with a temper who taught and deeply touched many around her. […]

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Players Club of Swarthmore’s ARMS AND THE MAN Aims to Please

Around the Region January 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm 0 comments

Players Club of Swarthmore hits the mark with a thoroughly entertaining opening night performance of ARMS AND THE MAN! In one of his most popular plays, author George Bernard Shaw, armed with a comedic arsenal, including irony wit and satire, sets his sights on debunking idealistic love and ‘romantic’ notions of warfare. […]

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Get Set for NIGHT WATCH at DCP

Around the Region November 13, 2013 at 9:34 am 0 comments

Upon entering the theater to take a seat, a noticeably different and spectacular staging arrangement sparks attention and sets the tone for a number of wonderful surprises to follow. NIGHT WATCH, as directed by Geoff Yaroschak, may at first unfold as your typical mystery story, full of the usual enjoyable […]

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Hats Off to JEKYLL & HYDE at Footlighters

Around the Region November 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm 1 comment

Hauntingly beautiful music (Frank Wildhorn) sets the mood for JEKYLL & HYDE, the dark and stirring stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.  Dr. Henry Jekyll (brought to life by Allen Puy) has embarked, for strong personal reasons, on a […]

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Dash on Down to AVENUE Q at PCS for Loads of Laughter

Around the Region October 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm 1 comment

Laughter abounded from the large audience opening night at Players Club of Swarthmore for AVENUE Q, directed by Joseph P. Southard.  The laughter rose in pitch with the musical number “It Sucks To Be Me”, the melody of which reminds one of a Sesame Street tune, with lyrics gone hilariously […]

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HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA Heats Up at Spotlight Theatre

Around the Region August 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm 0 comments

“Theatre is poetry that gets up off the page and becomes human” ~ Federico Garcia Lorca Set in a steamy summer in provincial Spain, 1930, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA features five sisters, unmarried, ages 20 – 39, shut-in by force to mourn by their dictatorial mother, Bernarda (superbly rendered […]

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Absolutely Sparkles at DCP

Around the Region July 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm 0 comments

Director Ray Thompson has assembled a stellar cast and crew for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, a whimsical musical comedy adaptation by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, with a few added twists and nary a dull moment! Prince Dauntless […]

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Splendid Shakespeare Under the Stars: Arden Gild’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Around the Region June 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm 0 comments

Seeing Shakespeare’s comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the intimate open-air Frank Stephens Memorial Theater in Arden, Delaware, surrounded by a canopy of tall trees is a terrific treat, especially as this particular cast, directed by Mary Catherine Kelley, has a good grasp of the style and spirit of the […]

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DCP Hits It Right on the Nose with CYRANO

Around the Region June 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm 0 comments

DCP’s production of Edmond Rostand’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC, as directed by Jennifer Brozenske, proceeds like poetry on the stage; language dances with light and parleys (and parlays) with romance and danger. There is a delightful buoyancy to Brozenske’s staging of this ageless tale of Hercule Savinien De Cyrano de Bergerac […]

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