Alan Ball
Actor / Voiceover Artist / Singer

(312) 375-4774

 

Rose Marie

Let’s talk about what was terrific. Alan Ball. Alan Ball. Alan Ball. Anytime he was on stage, everything worked. Cast as the leading man’s comic sidekick, Hard-Boiled Herman, Ball made the most of every corny opportunity. He’s totally convincing, his body language is hilarious perfection, and he can sing. The audience couldn’t take their eyes off him.

        Deanna Isaacs, The Reader


The Tin Pan Alley Rag

Under dimmed lights, Ball magically transforms from a youthful Irving Berlin to a bent old man. I don’t want to spoil this by revealing details, but the ending left me nearly shaking with great joy and almost unstoppable tears - the kind of tears one sheds when the beauty of life overwhelms.

        Myra Eder, The Star


The Laramie Project

Alan Ball is mesmerizing as Matthew Shepard’s grief-stricken father.

        Joan Behrmann, Oakland Press

Gemini

Alan Ball is the reason to see “Gemini.”

His role as Fran in Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s production...isn’t showy. The union guest actor doesn’t have any big moments that scream for attention. But he’s a marvel for his ability to quietly inhabit the skin of another human being.

Ball portrays a middle-age, blue-collar Italian American who, in some ways, is all things stereotypical: ill-tempered, virile, loud, proud and very much “a man’s man.” Yet there’s a tender side that rises above the rough edges. He communicates the soul that is the source of everything the guy does.

Watch Ball closely. His performance is as perfectly scaled for the front of the house as it is to the back. He’s so easy, direct and effective, I found myself wondering, “How the heck does he do it?”

        Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Review-Journal


Conversations With My Father

In one of the best performances of the new theatre season, Alan Ball plays Eddie as a pugnacious dynamo, a man with the American dream in his heart and a chip on his shoulder.

        Martin F. Kohn, Detroit Free Press


Comfortable Shoes

...Alan Ball in a breakout performance as a fast-talking talent agent.

        Copley News Service

Reviews

Reviews

Misery

Ball is especially riveting as he juggles the emotions - anger at being held captive, a growing fear of the strange woman who has him at her mercy - with the troubled mental states brought on alternately by severe pain and drug-induced euphoria.

        Eric Crump, Marshall Democrat-News


Tartuffe

Alan Ball plays the title role, a character who...wears his overweening hypocrisy with convincing aplomb, playing Orgon like a concertmaster on a Stradivarius. Ball presents a despicable character that the audience can’t get enough of.

        Bridgette M. Redmen, Between the Lines


Barnum

Alan Ball demonstrates protean skill as some eight or more characters (including a unicycling Ringmaster.)

        Mary Shen Barnidge, Inside Lincoln Park


Loves Labors Lost

This splendid comedy provides a great showcase for, perhaps even more than the others, Alan Ball as Don Andriano de Armado. I'll wager that Ball's fantastic performance as this "fantastical Spaniard" will live in the memory of every one who sees this production.

        Robert Delaney, New Monitor


The Taming of the Shrew

...Alan Ball’s funny impersonations of classic Old West heroes… add fuel to this madcap romp.

        Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com


The Foreigner

Alan Ball makes more of simple Ellard Simms than I’ve seen in previous productions. His character is sensitive, loving and lovable.

        Myrna Petlicki, Skyline

Moby Dick

Alan Ball makes Flask a pugnacious and memorable third mate.

        James MacKillop, Syracuse New Times


No Way to Treat a Lady

Alan Ball portrays the schlumpy Jewish middle-aged New York City detective Morris Brummel to near perfection.

        Kate O’Neil, Lansing State Journal


The Fantasticks

Veteran actor Alan Ball was beguiling, evil, wise, wistful and everything required to play the compelling role of El Gallo.

        Patty Nolan, Detroit Examiner


Richard III

Alan Ball is another highlight of the show. He is a joy to watch as the Duke of Clarence. He always delivers. He is probably exhausted after his shows because he gives everything and is always present.

        Samantha White, Special to the Oakland Press


Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh

Alan Ball, as Barry, possesses a finely honed sense of timing.

        Robert Trussell, Kansas City Star


The Thing About Men

Alan Ball’s portrayal of the faulty husband is real, in that it doesn’t try to explain away his inconsistencies. He’s callous about his own affairs, but is visibly heartbroken at his wife’s.

        Erin Guerra, Post-Tribune


Meshugah

Alan Ball...again shows his adept ability in either comedy or drama.

        Don Snider, Theatre Look

1776

This Stages production finds its momentum in Alan Ball's impassioned performance as John Adams, the Yankee from Massachusetts who was the guiding spirit behind the Declaration. Every line he utters is undergirded with conviction.

        Dennis Brown, Riverfront Times


Of Mice and Men

Alan Ball’s George combines the cocky cussing ill-temperedness of a heartland farmhand with a gentle paternalism that makes his role powerfully genuine.

        Wayne Scott, Windy City Times


A Midsummernight’s Dream

A Midsummernight’s Dream can never fly without a heartfelt and funny Bottom. The veteran Alan Ball drew a supremely confident bumpkin -- unfazed and sure of himself as a donkey, yet resolute as the dopey lover in the tradesmen’s tragical comedy.

        Lawrence B. Johnson, The Detroit News


A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine

Overseeing the domestic madness is Carlo, the footman (Alan Ball, performing the most convincing Chico Marx I can recall - other than the original.)

        Kevin P. Murphy, The Times


Much Ado About Nothing

What really distinguishes the production is Ball’s portrayal of Dogberry, the captain of the watch.

        Robert Delaney, New Monitor

The Misanthrope

Alan Ball [plays] Oronte, a bad poet who asks Alceste to critique the sonnet Oronte has just written. This is a plummy role…and Ball runs with it, literally. Effervescing with nervous energy while he awaits the critic's verdict, Ball trots around flapping his arms like a demented turkey.

       Martin F. Kohn, Between the Lines


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

In Stoppard's take, the itinerant players are a debauched lot, led by a posturing panderer given delectable voice and presence by Alan Ball.

        Lawrence B. Johnson, Detroit News


Evita

Alan Ball’s impish Ché, the play’s sole skeptic and master of ceremonies, is a good foil for Ms. George’s haughty Evita. He’s a mimic, a gadfly and a healthy balance to the adoring crowd.

        Sonja Halaka, Valley News


An Inspector Calls

Alan Ball is terrific as the unwavering Goole. No stony conscience on this man’s watch will be left unturned.

        Susan Sweig, The Jewish News


Twelfth Night

But if you must “send in the clowns,” let it be Alan Ball. He sings, he dances, he juggles - but even deep in the tomfoolery, he brings subtle dignity to a character dear to Shakespeare’s heart, the Wise Fool.

      John Quinn, Encore Michigan

A Year with Frog and Toad

The highly experienced Alan Ball is especially honest and affecting as Toad.

        Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune


Twelve Angry Men

Alan Ball is on target as a house painter whose honesty is as evident as his lack of incisiveness or guile.

        Vinny Reda, Schenectady Gazette


The Roar of the Greasepaint...

                           The Smell of the Crowd

Alan Ball... has a fine voice and he is gifted with an acrobat’s poise.

        Bernard Rice, The Star