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In 1999, when this august publication still had peach fuzz clinging to its soon-to-be-wizened cheeks, Cynthia Ryanen drew praise for one of the best acting performances of the year for her work in STAGEStheatre's It's Only a Play. "Ryanen's bitter, foul-mouthed actress was the effortless standout of a nearly perfect cast. Somebody give this woman a sitcom," wrote the Weekly's Dave Barton.
Fourteen years later, another Weekly scribe wrote of her performance in The Balcony, also at STAGES: "Cynthia Ryanen and [castmate] Rick Kopps are outstanding: complicated, cunning, ruthless, soft, tortured, vain, powerful and powerless. If they never worked again on a local stage, they'd leave legacies based solely on their performances in this play."More »