Ms. Boras, as the sufferer in chief among the play’s many brokenhearted characters, digs into her mad scene with relish, the scene’s length made me admire Shakespeare’s economy in dealing with unhinged women: the mad scenes of Ophelia and Lady Macbeth don’t rival those of bel canto opera in length, as Penthea’s does.
-The New York Times
There's an almost laser-like precision to Boras' performance, which deftly navigates Penthea's hairpin emotional turns, and she makes the character's mad scene a supremely frightening experience
Penthea is full of silent misery that erupts into madness, and Boras conveys both extremes with a stinging, unfaltering conviction.
Boras’s disintegrating Penthea deserve(s) special mention.
-The Village Voice
The most fearlessly self-flagellating performance is supplied by Boras: Nobody does psychosexual squalor quite like she does. And no actress uses her leading-lady beauty against herself quite so effectively.
Annika Boras, outstanding as Lady Macbeth in TFANA's production of "Macbeth" last year, again shines in her moving interpretation of the despairing Penthea, whose rigid stoicism eventually breaks down in a dramatic mad scene.
-San Diego Union Tribune
Standouts include Annika Boras as Penthea...Ms. Boras embodies volatile madness as the doomed Penthea, fatally unhappy living out the destiny her brother has given her.
Among the standouts (is) Boras, heartbreaking as the doomed