Take Lady Macbeth, played here with persuasive directness by Annika Boras. She registers as an attractive, in-control type, her blond hair tightly braided on her sleek head… she immediately starts plotting his murder with the efficiency of a hostess planning a menu. Her matter-of-factness indicates that she believes that this is the way anyone with a healthy dose of ambition would act. Lady Macbeth’s problem, which emerges gradually and precisely here, is that she isn’t nearly as strong as she thinks she is.
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
The gorgeous Annika Boras captures the seductive wiles of a woman who knows how to get what she wants (in this case, regicide) and the swooning eroticism of power attained—not to mention the terror of realizing that the forces she has unleashed are more than she bargained for.
Annika Boras as Lady Macbeth was the single most captivating performance I have ever witnessed. Ever.”
““Hell is murky,” mutters a somnambulant Lady Macbeth, as she obsessively attempts to cleanse her hands of murderous guilt. Annika Boras’s fierce Lady M goes toe-to-toe with Thompson, as her frighteningly overarching ambition poignantly gives way to whimpering madness.”
“… his scheming, sleekly seductive wife (the astounding Annika Boras) Clad in a clingy black sheath, her posture as watchful as a medieval Mrs. Danvers, Lady M clearly has the upper hand in the Macbeth household. She also has drive to spare… Boras portrays Lady Macbeth's trajectory into madness with heart-rending delicacy. Where a cruder interpreter might lay on the usual histrionics during the hand-wringing nightmare scene late in the play, Boras suggests another, intriguing hypothesis: that Lady Macbeth had grown so unyielding in her quest for power that ultimately she was bound to shatter.”
The superb Annika Boras makes Lady Macbeth into a densely packed coil of power lust; wound into a sleek black dress...
As Lady Macbeth, the very attractiveAnnika Boras goes the distance… She embodies the passionate lover and close collaborator… and she appropriately sinks into her sleep-walking episode later on. Indeed, when Boras' Lady Macbeth gets off the stage in Act 3, Scene 4, the play becomes duller.
-Curtain Up Review
“Annika Boras is a coolly feminine Lady Macbeth, who clearly employs her sleek blond beauty to captivate and manipulate the men around her... Indeed, thanks to Boras' hints of vulnerability up top, this is the first "Macbeth" I've seen in which it makes perfect sense that she unravels with guilt, not him.
Last fall, Boras’s sexy Russian princess heated up Sarah Ruhl’s whimsical “Orlando.” As the power-mad wife of the Scottish usurper, she’s a cerebral siren in a form-fitting black gown. When she lets her braided hair down in Act II and goes off the rails, it’s discomfiting and convincing.