"I like to play with illusion and irony. I’ll often punch up the idea that things are not always what they seem. Sometimes I let the audience in on the secret from the beginning. Other times I’ll flip the script so the characters are in the know, and the audience gets caught off guard by a plot twist or unexpected ending."

by Ashleigh Gardner

Another memorable entry, Invasion by Lisa Bruna (dir. Elizabeth Ostler), traps two neighbors (Renee Stork and Trey Blackburn) in their apartment building’s elevator: think Anna Wintour forced to share a confined space with Zach Galifianakis. Of course, they break down these stereotypes as their conversation unfolds and as they break down the barriers between one another, but it is a final takeaway, organic yet still unexpected, that gives this play extra weight.

by Leah Richards

On Monday night I saw “Andi’s Night” at the Fourth Street Theater in the East Village, one of three short play programs, this curated by producer Andi Cohen. In my favorite play of the evening, Invasion, written by Lisa Bruna and directed by Elizabeth Ostler, a high-powered executive gets trapped in an elevator with her far more free-spirited neighbor.

by Emily Gawlak

Evoking the most emotions is Lisa Bruna’s Invasion. When two neighbors who never acknowledge each other are suddenly trapped in an elevator together, they each learn that the other knows far more about them than at least one of them would prefer.

by Cindy Pierre

With theatre, you get to “hold the mirror up to nature” and explore a spectrum of human qualities, from virtues to vices, in an environment rich with artistic expression. Nothing brings me greater joy than embarking on this kind of exploration, finding the hidden gems in human nature, and presenting them in a way that is entertaining, provocative, and honest.  - Lisa Bruna

by Michael Block

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