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Best of Off Broadway: "The Power of Ferrara is undeniable…"

"...While the two main characters Halvard Solness and Hilda Wangel are of course the focus of Isben's Master Builder, Aline Solness, to me, is the heart of the play and the Doctor, a well needed comic relief.  Watching Ferrara play the emotionally drained and depressed Aline Solness was like witnessing what it must have been like to see Kim Stanley in Anton Checkhov's The Three Sisters or Laurette Taylor in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.  Ferrara never once drops out of character and delivers a performance which still as I'm writing this is haunting.  Never have I seen such power in one actor, such drive to speak to the true essence of her character.  A woman, binded only by marriage to a man who has betrayed her in every aspect.  The power of Ferrara is undeniable and her depiction of Aline Solness perfection in every aspect....

NY POST: "Lughnasa" is Something to Dance About.

"...The play’s storylines are entirely dependent on the skills of the actors, who do a great job of unveiling their characters’ complexities. Susan Ferrara is particularly notable for her role as Kate, Evans’s oldest aunt and self-appointed family matriarch. Kate proclaims herself to be a “self-righteous bitch,” but shows that she is vulnerable when she confides that she may lose her job and worries about her simple-minded sister, Rose."

Chicago Reader"Susan Ferrara is remarkable as Eleanor, making sense out of the character's complicated, poetic ramblings by keeping them on an almost entirely intellectual level..."

 


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NY TIMES ~ bridesburg ~ catherine rampell

"Susan Ferrara nonetheless delivers a textured and moving performance as the family’s prickly matriarch"

Ibsen News and Comment The Master Builder. Resonance Ensemble ~ Marvin Carlson

“….Aline Solness is a difficult part, easily and often interpreted as the cold, almost sepulchral figure Hilda describes after their scene together in the final act. Susan Ferrara manages however to show us Aline with distinct traces of the maternal figure she might have been, a figure as suffering and troubled as her husband, but unable or unwilling to articulate her suffering as he revels in doing, revealing her inner state with a wary glance, a trembling lip, an aborted gesture. Her description, her voice breaking, of the loss of her dolls is one of the most deeply moving sequences in the production, and the little nervous smile that constantly trembles upon her lips as she assesses the desperate maneuvering of Hilda and Solness adds a powerful subtext to every scene in which she appears.”
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Best of Off Broadway.com ~ Megan Pipoli

"…While the two main characters Halvard Solness and Hilda Wangel are of course the focus of Isben’s Master Builder, Aline Solness, to me, is the heart of the play and the Doctor, a well needed comic relief.  Watching Ferrara play the emotionally drained and depressed Aline Solness was like witnessing what it must have been like to see Kim Stanley in Anton Checkhov’s The Three Sisters or Laurette Taylor in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Ferrara never once drops out of character and delivers a performance which still as I’m writing this is haunting.  Never have I seen such power in one actor, such drive to speak to the true essence of her character.  A woman, binded only by marriage to a man who has betrayed her in every aspect.  The power of Ferrara is undeniable and her depiction of Aline Solness perfection in every aspect."