Press

Roof of the World

"As Safia, Bhimani anchors the cast with a fierce performance that radiates warmth.”

-Liz Cook , The Pitch

The Jungle Book

“Raksha sings the infant a lovely lullaby, beautifully performed by Anjali Bhimani.”

-John Olson , Chicago Theatre Beat

"Anjali Bhimani is more human than animal when she protects Mowgli from Shere Khan. You have no doubts she’d kill to protect her child, Mowgli, from Shere Khan.”

-Sheri Schmidt , ChicagoNow.com

"Anjali Bhimani tells us all we need to know about mother love as Raksha the Mother Wolf…"

-Tony Adler , The Chicago Reader

A Widow of No Importance

“What sells this familiar material is the verve with which it’s delivered…Anjali Bhimani as Deepa’s gold-digging matchmaker friend manages to pull off her ‘Real Housewives of Mumbai’ shtick [in] that killer sari she’s wearing.”

-Charlotte Stout , L.A. Times

“Bhimani is the very definition of fabulousness as Lalitha, a character whose next move ought to be to a house on Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane…WOW!”

-Steven Stanley , StageSceneLA.com

“Anjali Bhimani is excellent as Deepa’s fashionable best friend, the fast-talking and scheming matchmaker Lalitha.”

-Pauline Adamek , LA Weekly

THE EXISTENTS

“Broadway vet Anjali Bhimani gives Pam one of the richest and most powerful voices you’re likely to hear any time soon, particularly in her solo ballad, ‘Stone Cold Sober’.”

-Steven Stanley , StageSceneLA.com

As You Like It

“Other hat tips go to Aubrey Deeker and Anjali Bhimani as Silvius and Phoebe (sic), a pair of romantically maladjusted country bumpkins.”

-T.L. Ponick , The Washington Times

“All major roles are well cast, and Anjali Bhimani as Phebe and Aubrey Deeker as Silvius are especially delightful.”

-Luxx Mishley , Biblio Beau

“I loved the work of the high-stepping Bhimani, a fine actor and superb dancer.”

-Tim Treanor , DC Theatre Scene

“Comic spitfire Anjali Bhimani is given wonderfully free rein”

-Michael Toscano , TheatreMania.com

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

“As Rachel, Anjali Bhimani rises above and we get a strong sense of her estrangement from her husband’s outsized personality and growing egomania.”

-Paul Houdgins , Orange County Register

“As [Andrew Jackson’s] long suffering wife, Rachel, Anjali Bhimani balances the silliness and pathos her character endures.”

-Jonas Schwartz , TheatreMania.com

“a glowing Anjali Bhimani, plighting her troth in blood, of course”

-Bob Verini , Variety

Mirror of the Invisible World

“The cast of seven women, who take on multiple roles of both sexes, are necessarily athletic, graceful and versatile, and are skilled at both comedy and drama.”

-Jonathan Arbanel , TheatreMania,.com

“At least the company of eight is filled with standout performances. Several of Zimmerman’s regulars—like Lisa Tejero, Anjali Bhimani, Faran Tahir and Atley S. Loughridge—show why they’re masters at seamlessly switching through various male and female characters. “

-Scott C. Morgan , Windy City Times

“Each of these ladies are strong, and of particular note are Tejero, Gomez, and Bhimani”

-Adam Bresloff , The Epoch Times

The Great Game

“The cast of imported, polished, professional actors, led by the diminutive but forceful Anjali Bhimani, fill in the playwright’s character strokes. The play’s subject matter, along with its lacquered, Britannic countenance, makes it rather like a romantic 19th-century adventure-spy novel. On a cold winter night, it might be nice to curl up before a fire with a bottle of old claret at hand and get lost in this intercontinental tale of Indian adventure, fraternal double-cross and imperial intrigue.”

-Adam Sobsey , The News Observer

“Theater Previews at Duke’s absolutely gorgeous world-premiere production of The Great Game by D. Tucker Smith mixes romance with espionage…Playwright Tucker Smith mixes this trio of real-life characters with members of the Hayward family and fictional characters in a suspenseful storyline in which a forbidden romance blossoms between George Hayward and a female Indian pundit (spy) named Safia (Anjali Bhimani)…Marcus Dean Fuller and especially Anjali Bhimani bring George and Safia Hayward vividly to life.”

-Robert W. McDowell , Classical Voice of North Carolina

The American Pilot

“Anjali Bhimani, as Evie, seems to sparkle with the ferocity of youth.”

-Andy Propst , American Theatre Web

“Anjali Bhimani is radiant and inspiring as the farmer’s daughter Evie who desperately wants to save him and be saved by him.”

-Martin Denton , nytheatre.com

“Only Evie, the farmer’s teenaged daughter, feels no conflict at all when she looks at the pilot. At once unguarded and innocent in Anjali Bhimani’s ardent perf, she alone sees in him the promise of hope and freedom that America wishes, and so often fails, to project to the world.”

-Marilyn Stasio , Variety

“One of the smartest new plays of the season crept in under the radar this week, when “The American Pilot” opened Tuesday without fanfare at Manhattan Theatre Club’s tiny second stage. Lynne Meadow’s cast brings an enchanting, horrifying individuality to the characters, all nice people whose quirks and heartaches are surprisingly nuanced in such a brief work. More than a clash-of- cultures drama, or even clash-of-languages farce, the play is driven by the deeply unknowable, complicated influences of our global superpower. Anjali Bhimani is exquisite as their sensitive, independent daughter, who informs us without embarrassment of her “specialness,” her destiny to be a martyr or a saint.”

-Linda Winer , Newsday

COMEDY ON THE BRIDGE/BRUNDIBAR

“The tale is outrageously funny and poignant at the same time. The five actors representing the community have gorgeous voices and demonstrate highly trained skills as operatic performers…There are not enough adjectives to describe the brilliance of their performances.”

-Charles Jarrett , Rossmoor News

“The singers in the piece — Anjali Bhimani, Martin Vidnovic, Matt Farnsworth, Angelina Reaux and William Youmans — are incredible, with their beautiful voices serving as an incongruous touchstone in the midst of the unfolding insanity.”

-Pat Craig , Contra Costa Times

“The 40-minute “Comedy” is a mildly absurdist sketch for a group of citizens who become trapped on a bridge between warring armies. Martinu’s bright score holds the promise of a witty Gian Carlo Menotti piece with klezmer twists. The performers are excellent, a beguiling Anjali Bhimani warbling flirty consternation as she’s joined in no-exit-land by a roguish brewer (golden-toned Martin Vidnovic), and they’re discovered by her jealous lover (a comically earnest Matt Farnsworth) and his formidable wife (a vibrant Angelina Réaux).”

-Robert Hurwitt , San Fransisco Chronicle

“The adults playing the animals — Anjali Bhimani (sparrow), Angelina Réaux (cat) and Geoff Hoyle (dog) — turn in particularly lively comic performances”

-Charles Isherwood , The New York Times

Portraits

“Anjali Bhimani conveys the Muslim’s pain and anger touchingly.”

-Howard Kissel , Daily News

METAMORPHOSES

“Zimmerman’s actors accentuate the sensual and humorous. Anjali Bhimani is a tempest of shame and lust as Myrrha, who seduces her father…”

-Joe Adcock , Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Zimmerman shrewdly draws her audience into the imaginative fold with the well-known myth of Midas (Raymond Fox), portrayed in contemporary terms as a frosty businessman who ignores his lively young daughter (Anjali Bhimani, a tiny, breathtaking force of nature)… Yet for sheer tumultuous emotion, there is no match for the story of incest between Cinyras (Kipiniak) and his daughter, Myrrha (the astonishing Bhimani).”

-Hedy Weiss , Chicago Sun-Times

Romeo and Juliet

“Anjali Bhimani was an unmitigated delight as Juliet. She was absolutely tiny (and her Romeo was unusually tall so the difference in height was often amusing) and flitted about the stage like a little bird. A cross little bird, sometimes, when she expressed adolescent temperament (so suitable for the character!).”

-Shakespeare-Revue.com

The Great Fire

"As for the fire itself, “she” is a tiny, beautiful girl dressed in innocent white (the ravishingly pretty Anjali Bhimani, the most wickedly benign of incendiary spirits). As she tirelessly tosses red silk confetti from a large mail pouch, she sparks ever greater flames with a sometimes spiteful, always relentless abandon and an almost blithe attitude toward death. It’s a disturbing and richly inspired conceit.”

-Hedy Weiss , Chicago Sun-Times

ETC…

 

Reviews of Anjali Bhimani on CenterStage.net

 

From “30 Show-Stoppers Under 30”, Chicago Sun-Times

 

“Confidence is a hallmark for successful 30-under-30s in the arts and entertainment world. It has to be, for the competition is ferocious and the rejections can crush egos.

 

Actress Anjali Bhimani, came to Chicago from Orange County, Calif., to study at Northwestern University. She was hoping to make a career in musical theater until “a professor gave me a brutally honest assessment of my singing and dancing.” She ignored him.

 

During the past season, she has been the embodiment of the city-destroying blaze in Lookingglass Theatre’s “The Great Fire,” carelessly and sometimes malevolently tossing red silk “sparks” from a mailbag. And she is drenched nightly in Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses,” a work staged around a pool, in which she plays a girl caught up in an incestuous relationship with her father.”