Since landing on the front page of The New York Times in 2007 with a full feature in the Arts section, Lian’s work has been covered by respected, rogue, and irreverent press outlets ranging from The Next Web to Allure Magazine to the Daily Kos. Forbes called her a “meme goddess” in 2011, 2012 was her viral campaign in support of Planned Parenthood which made it to MSNBC, and in 2013 her play The Video Game Monologues was called a “taste of what’s to come” by Salon.
Andrew Leonard for Salon.com
A slyly perceptive set of discourses on relationships embedded in gaming culture… [The Video Game Monologues is] positive and affirming; a demonstration of how our life with games has real meaning… By using the language of games to talk about the human condition, Amaris brings gamers into the larger conversation, and collapses the boundaries that we set up between ourselves and those “others” who might be addicted to [video games].”
Andy Propst for Backstage
[CRITIC'S PICK, Swimming to Spalding is] a riveting piece of theater… [with] some of the most powerful indictments of contemporary warfare that have been on stage in recent memory… Under Richard Schechner's direction, the performer brings these [characters] to life ably. With the support of Lucian Ban's continually impressive soundscape and Melissa Mizell's gently atmospheric lighting design, Amaris delivers a terrific companion piece to Gray's original."
Jason Zinoman for The New York Times
[Amaris is] an appealing performer who sets out to retrace the steps of 'Swimming to Cambodia’… She ably dramatizes herself and comments on the human effects of war… Carrying herself with beaming enthusiasm and a mischievous sense of humor, she has a flirtatious manner… and more of an interest than her model in the world outside the performer's head."