Victoria Blade, 25

It's tough to make a big impact with a Chicago debut in a show with a huge cast. Especially when your character is not, say, Anton Chekhov's Nina, but an eccentric busker at the Logan Square Farmers Market. But that's exactly what Blade, whose comedic skills are sharp indeed, achieved this spring in Theatre Seven's "The Landmark Project." Blade started out in various locales in Michigan, graduating from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 2009. "I just didn't put any restrictions on myself in terms of how far I could go," she says of her showstopping debut. "The more fun I had with the character, the better it went." It sure did. Blade says she is a double-edged sword, liking comedy as well as drama and the classics. "I would love to be a working actor in Chicago and have a lot of well-paying work," she says. We can't guarantee the size of the checks, but we'll bet on the work. WHERE TO SEE HER: Appearing this fall in "Low," a new play produced at the Profiles Second Stage by the new theater company Slingshot Productions Abel Uribe
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