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BRIEF: The List: female actresses to watch

November 3, 2013


Nov. 03--Worthy female actors still don't score as many big roles as men do, but here are some that make the most of these choice parts onscreen and on local stages:

Jacqueline Bisset

... (remember her?), still glam herself at 69, fascinates as an enigmatic, wealthy English recluse beguiled by a 1930s jazz band in the absorbing STARZ Channel mini-series "Dancing on the Edge," co-starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a British Duke Ellington-like character.

Hannah Mootz

... plays the feisty/vulnerable 13-year old title character, but also handily channels all the other colorful men and women in "Bo-Nita," Elizabeth Heffron's empathetic portrait of an at-risk adolescent, premiering at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Cate Blanchett

... as the wilted hothouse flower/ex-high society dame in "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen's scathing latest film, is by turns charming, pathetic, vicious and delusional, but never short of riveting.

Jennifer Lee Taylor

... brings back Grace Kelly glam in her stylish turn as witty bachelorette Beatrice, in a glossy "Much Ado About Nothing" being staged by Seattle Shakespeare Company at Seattle Center.

Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic


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