things people say....

“Susan Ferrara is mesmerizing...” Chicago Tribune

“I’ve never seen anything like her..” NY Magazine


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.”

Best of Off ~ 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."