Best Actress (2014)

Sally Wingert

Sally Wingert's name in a program is always a thrill to see. Even if the whole show isn't up to snuff, you can rest assured there will at least be one ray of light. Wingert's past year features tremendous performances from beginning to end, sometimes in shows that had troubles (Other Desert Cities, Tribes) or were otherwise disastrous (The Primrose Path, Pride and Prejudice). Wingert's care and drive as an actor has long been a highlight of local stages, but her recent work — sometimes in unusual confines — has reached new heights. She ended 2013 in Dark & Stormy Productions' The Receptionist. Though geographically close to the Guthrie, the venue was as far from Big Blue as possible. In a disused office, with the audience crowded around her desk, Wingert brought the complex title character to life. Adam Bock's play unfolded slowly, eventually revealing a dark reality behind the mundane office setting. Wingert played the moments perfectly, tying the show together from beginning to end. The intimate setting meant there was nowhere to hide, but she embraced it all with a performance that turned from funny to moving to terrifying in a matter of minutes.


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