August: Osage County (Oklahoma City Rep)

Dougherty always amazes with her attention to character detail, and as Violet, she took that gift to a new level. Violet could be played as if painkillers had turned her into something similar to an Alzheimer's victim‚ albeit a really mean one. Dougherty's Violet was less cloudy-of-mind than Parsons was. The drugs had her disoriented, but her contemptible nature was more deliberate, more focused, and that made her truly frightening. She also managed to squeeze some sympathy in there, as the character desperately tries to hold on to her family, even as she pushes them away. - Mark Lowry,<