Nina Arianda

Whether stripping down to the black lingerie of a dominatrix or fumbling into a white ruffled dress to portray a European aristocrat, Arianda gives an electrifying performance in David Ives' "Venus in Fur." Arianda first played the role of the mysterious Vanda off-Broadway, just months after graduating from New York University. The New Jersey-born actress of Ukrainian descent made her Broadway debut the following season in a Tony-nominated turn as the ditsy-yet-savvy heroine of a revival of "Born Yesterday" — and received a Tony nomination. Last fall, she reprised Vanda on Broadway and another lead actress nomination followed.
Joan Marcus
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