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“Vahle's Tracey is a strident, funny, in-your-face Rosie the Riveter, wiggling her butt and shouldering up to the bar to turn down Stan's harmless overtures. Tracey is also a caustic bitch from hell, trapped in her own blame game when she loses all semblance of civility and her savage cry for revenge triggers unpredictable destruction. Even then, we feel pity for this crazed, lost woman.”
“This ensemble is like a chamber music group whose members have played together for decades, and on tonight’s program is a work in which dissonance is an uncomfortable but important part of the composition. Vahle is tough in a role that could be heartbreaking—and who isn’t free from blame.”
Sally Nystuen Vahle is a tornado of a gathering force as Medea…Her hair is a tangled auburn-hued halo surrounding her broad, pale open face, a face gone numb and hollow-eyed from grieving. Medea’s nurse says her mistress has become “a stone,” and there is something rock-hard at the center of Nystuen Vahle's Medea, even in her piteous raving.
"Sally Nystuen-Vahle makes Annette so pathetic in her attempts to gain some semblance of control or attention. Her low self-esteem and confidence shows in Nystuen-Vahle's body posture, bunched up at the end of the sofa like a stuffed animal on a bed. Her vindictiveness, and victory, also comes physically in a scene that I will not detail, only to say it is possibly one of the most shocking yet technically satisfying moments I can recall onstage."
“Ouizer Boudreaux, the Tabasco accent in this jambalaya of women, is given riotous life by the wonderful Sally Nystuen Vahle who makes her first entrance like a tornado coming through the door. “I’m not crazy,…I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years!”
“DTC company member Sally Nystuen Vahle is Ouiser (pronounced “weezer”), the town’s ill-tempered and wealthy spinster, a reliable cynic who can be counted on to quash any grand scheme of neighborliness, community festivities or blanket goodwill. Vahle, who always enters pissed off or smirking, brings a comic, don’t-give-a-damn energy to the folksy heat of the beauty shop.”"
Death of a Salesman
"The heroic thrust in this interpretation comes from Sally Nystuen Vahle as Willy's wife, Linda….Most Lindas are older performers who spruce up to pass for younger in the flashbacks. Vahle looks shockingly old when we first see her, partly because we know she's not. Playing the younger Linda, closer to her own actual age, Vahle is wonderfully warm, protective and even witty."
“Sally Nystuen Vahle’s elegant and sensual Clytemnestra is riveting. Steely and internally anguished to Electra’s manic frenzy, Vahle’s Clytemnestra gains our admiration and sympathy for her bold stance, particularly in an era when strong women are struggling to rise to true gender equality in society.”
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