nice things people say about me
Lisa David Dean is a sharp writer who’s adept at both acting and stand-up comedy…. a brave and highly engaging storyteller … a major comedic force.
Hy Bender, New York Times
Writer/performer Lisa David Dean surely has endured enough traumas for one so young. Bulimia and alcoholism are just two of the diseases she has faced, fought off, and found funny enough to dramatize in such a richly cathartic way. “Monster” is clearly tailored to Dean’s standup skills: She rarely fails to land punch lines squarely, and there are easily enough of them to fill an evening. Rarely does onstage soul-baring feel so fecund or go so deep.
We are disarmed by her mimicry: Like a Whoopi Goldberg or Jefferson Mays, Dean sketches out figures using a minimum of strokes, making her performance as spare as it is emotionally lush.
Leonard Jacobs, Backstage
I was stunned this was a true tale…funny and very raw…real, honest and painful…To witness Lisa’s rewarding transformation and bravery is a gift…a beacon for others who will crumble and melt away at their own personal hardships.
Gerie Rhosen, Noho Arts District
Lisa David is so likable and her autobiographical show is so ingenious and inspiring
Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw