Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (2012)

Patty Mintz Figel

Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind is bleak, fragmented and full of violence and rage. Just about every male in it is despicable, and it's up to the women to provide anything resembling a glimmer of redemption. We haven't seen much of Patty Mintz Figel on Denver stages this season, but every time she appears, we remember what a treasure she is — and she was certainly up to the challenge in the Paragon Theatre production of A Lie of the Mind. It may have been unclear how Meg, the long-suffering wife of a blindly brutal husband, put up with him, or what motivated some of her comments and actions, but what was crystal clear was the quality of truth and compassion that Mintz Figel brought to the role.


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