Whether she knew it or not, Susan Moniz had been waiting for the role of the ever-hopeful Sally Durant Plummer for years. After many seasons of playing ingenues, Moniz was finally a given a chance by director Gary Griffin to dig deep and confront the perils of life as a performer of a certain age. Her Sally was simply extraordinary. She was able to find the crucial two sides of the character -- the showgirl that once was and the Phoenix housewife that now is -- and she let you see them fight for both her heart. When you're singing Stephen Sondheim, of course, that¿s not enough. A Sally lives and dies based on how she nails the big number. And Moniz reached the climax of "Losing My Mind," the audience at Chicago Shakespeare roared, not least because she'd shown us both a woman in a crisis and a survivor. Up next: Understudying the role of Julie in the Lyric Opera¿s February production of "Show Boat."
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