Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Paden Fallis is your go-to guy for neurotic macho intensity.

Director Chuck Hudson has helped Fallis do right by his own writing. We don’t really have an actor living in these parts with the same strengths – the athletic physicality, the ability to project wolf-like hunger, the capacity to do emotional somersaults in an instant.

– Dallas Morning News

Paden Fallis performs his play with an energy and precision seldom seen around here.It is the acting equivalent to a gymnast’s floor routine. Fallis nails it.

– Theatre Jones

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.

– Show Business Weekly

Love Song

Paden Fallis is ingratiating as Beane. His loneliness at the outset is palpable.

Fallis’ face communicates a remarkable transformation; his delivery of some of Kolvenbach’s poetic dialogue hits the heart.

There’s a sequence where the two (Fallis and Halliburton) recreate a version of the night they met, alternating poetic lines, that’s as intoxicating a moment of theater as audiences will likely see this season.

– Pittsfield Gazette

Almost, Maine

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.

– North Adams Transcript

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.

– Berkshire Eagle

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.

– Daily Hampshire Gazette

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.

– NY Times

7 Stories

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.

– Off Off Online

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.

– Off Off Online

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.

The New York-based Fallis is an actor of impressive intensity and focus. He makes you see the game, and the faces of the players and officials, through his eyes. He makes you feel his despair.

You don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of college basketball to enjoy the show.

– Washington Post

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.

– Washington City Paper

Paden Fallis as the coach is simply superb under the sure direction of Tamara Fisch.

I can’t say enough about Fallis. He manages to paint a picture, not only of every player, but also of every play, and he mines every moment for deep emotion.

I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time.

– DC Metro Theatre Arts

One of the tensest hours of theatre I’ve experienced and one of the best one-man plays I’ve ever been to.

– DC Theatre Scene

A one-man tour de force!

– New York Press

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!

– Dallas Morning News

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.

– Dallas Morning News

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

– Theater Jones

You can almost smell the testosterone!

– Dallas Morning News

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.