Sara Marsh

Actress • Voiceover Artist • Producer • Artistic Director

Sara Marsh has appeared in productions, workshops, and readings on stages across the Twin Cities. She was most recently seen in the one-woman show Bad Dates at Artistry Theater, Fool For Love at Dark & Stormy Productions, and as Solange in The Maids at Dark & Stormy (she also made her directing debut on the production). Upcoming: Jessie Cates in 'Night, Mother, opposite Sally Wingert as Thelma Cates, at Dark & Stormy Productions, August 16 - September 8, 2018 (click here for tickets).

"Crème de la Creme Performances: Sara Marsh, Extremities, Dark & Stormy Productions." - John Townsend, Lavender Magazine


"Into the mix steps Karen, played to perfection by Marsh. [...] The show belongs to Marsh, who sells innocence masterfully. At one point, another character asks if Karen is a witch. I'm not sure about that, but Marsh does make the fire burn and the caldron bubble under the surface of 'Plow.'"  - Review of Speed-the-Plow, Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

"Sara Marsh is a revelation of comic brilliance"  - Review of The Receptionist, John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

 

"The show is a tour de force (as they say across the pond) for Marsh, who's always good and has perhaps never been better than in the role of Solange, one that seems tailor-made for her gifts of supreme resolve and physical fearlessness...At the play's center is a long monologue by Solange, who in this production delivers much of it poised stock still at the end of the bed. In lesser hands that could spell trouble, but Marsh keeps us positively rapt as we follow her violently wandering thoughts through a series of doors that never quite lead to escape — only to other doors."  - Review of The Maids, Jay Gabler, City Pages

 

"The actors are all excellent, but I have to single out, for especial praise, Sara Marsh. Marsh plays Miss Cutts, sexpot...Obsessed with her womanliness ('Do you think I'm feminine?') she slinks and sashays and slithers through the Atrium, driving everyone crazy."  - Review of The Hothouse, John Olive, Howwastheshow.com

 

"The play is a 100 minute workout for a lone actor who plays Haley...in this case, Sara Marsh, who has charisma to spare, and the ability to be sexy, funny, dim-witted, and insightful all at once. [Playwright] Theresa Rebeck wrote Bad Dates for Julie White, the gifted comedienne, and Marsh, like White, is able to convey both wit and manic energy. In Marsh's full throttle performance, they mine all the humor and display just how to mount a fizzy comedy, framed around a winning performance, that gives its audience a terrific time."  - Review of Bad Dates, Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

 

"Marsh's performance in particular is riveting as she cycles through fear, disgust, rage, and a host of other emotions over the course of the play, demonstrating in a raw and palpable way the effects of the trauma she's undergoing."  - Review of Extremities, Lisa Brock, Star Tribune

 

"Marsh [as schizophrenic daughter Karen] does something with her eyes that conveys a lack of focus, a detachment from the events going on around her. Even in the close quarters of the performance space she seems authentically disturbed -- maybe even a little dangerous"  - Review of And So It Goes, Eric Ringham, Minnesota Public Radio

 

"'The Maids' features soaring performances by Sara Marsh and Jane Froiland...These rapturuous, powerful performances should not be missed...I cannot emphasize enough the genius in the performances: Marsh and Froiland offer the best acting I've seen in a year of theater-going."  - Review of The Maids, Kit Bix, Minnesota Playlist

 

"Over the past few years, Twin Cities theatergoers have seen Sara Marsh as a vengeful ex-girlfriend, a sex worker, a victim of attempted rape, a woman with mental illness, a mocking mistress, and a party-girl bachelorette, among other roles. But we've never seen her -- no one has -- all by her lonesome in a one woman play. She's on stage for 100 minutes, and she spends most of them addressing the audience and trying on various outfits and shoes...There was even a bit of back-and-forth between Marsh and the crowd, which was quickly on her side. Marsh makes Haley likeable, which matters. We feel for her, we want things to turn out well for her...and we admire her courage."  - Review of Bad Dates, Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

 

"Sara Marsh is ideal as this kind of woman, valiantly striving to be strong willed and independent, knowing all too well her tendency to cave under pressure. She speaks volumes with a glance upward and tightened jaw, working to the bone to keep from looking at Eddie...When she strips down to her underwear to change from soft, folksy peasant style blouse and skirt into a skimpy red dress, she is sexy, but also strong, challenging Eddie to stare at her sensual self and not be able to have it."  - Review of Fool For Love, Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

 

"Sara Marsh, who plays Olive's friend and drinking buddy, commands the stage with gusto."  - Review of The Norwegians, Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

 

"Roller Derby Queen features five of the best actors in the Twin Cities...[Sara] Marsh excels as the diminutively powerful Mary Elizabeth."  - Review of Roller Derby Queen, John Olive, How Was The Show

 

"[Dark & Stormy] is known for choosing challenging plays, innovatively staged and sometimes physically intense, that provide powerful showcases for Marsh and her castmates. That's certainly the case with Fool for Love...Marsh finds, in May, a manic pixie dream girl who's started to outlive her dreams. Flirtatious but deliberate, Marsh throws her slight frame entirely into the encounter, at one point wrapping herself around her partner's body as tightly as one of those things that jump from the eggs in Alien." - Review of Fool For Love, Jay Gabler, City Pages

 

"Sara Marsh is magnificent as Marjorie."  - Review of Extremities, John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

 

"Sara Marsh is terrific as Sunshine, a part that could have been written for her talents. She is by turns sexy, wound-up, funny and smart, and projects a vulnerability that cloaks an inner strength"  - Review of Sunshine, Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

 

"You'd never know that this is Sara Marsh's first solo show; she's so natural and confident on stage, looking right at the audience and responding to us...Sara is a natural storyteller and makes Haley feel so real, like someone you'd want to hang out with."  - Review of Bad Dates, Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon

 

"The cast is just right...Marsh packs Betty with bitterness and colorful language. Midway through the play, she delivers a colorful oration on Norwegians that made one audience member laugh until he cried."  - Review of The Norwegians, Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

 

"As Karen, erupted into paranoid schizoprenia, Marsh is a marvel of manic terror one moment, vicious character assassination another, the soul of reason the next minute. We know she can't help herself, yet in each guise she creates the illusion of being the one in control."  - Review of And So It Goes, Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

 

"The 100-minute solo character study is a good vehicle for Marsh, who has piled up a good chunk of work over the past decade...[Her] Haley starts the show charmingly schooling us in what a woman goes through in balancing great-looking footwear and piercing discomfort...she has the quirks in spades; Marsh looks perfect for the role, and her energy never flags."  - Review of Bad Dates, Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

 

"Sara Marsh's fiery May is utterly feline, hardwired into a suspended state of emotionalism that continues to short-circuit her into the toxic connection with Eddie."  - Review of Fool For Love, John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

 

"They really couldn't have found a better cast than this fabulous fivesome, each a gifted comedic actor perfectly suited to their character, but capable of drawing out the pathos as well. [...] Sara Marsh brings quirky Lizzie alive with such heart and humor."  - Review of Roller Derby Queen, Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon

 

"The cast is game and gifted...Marsh, as a repeat customer in the offing-the-boyfriend industry, trods the line between grim groundedness and insanity"  - Review of The Norwegians, Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press

 

"It is Sunshine, played by a petite performer who punches way above her weight, who brings a sense of menace to the 90-minute play...Imagine Lady Macbeth as a working girl, struggling to find a way to get her soul some nourishing light."  - Review of Sunshine, Rohan Preston, Star Tribune


Photo credits: Heidi Bohnenkamp (Extremities, The Drunken City, The Hothouse); Melissa Hesse (The Norwegians, And So It Goes, Sunshine); John Eastman (Speed-the-Plow); Hilary Roberts (Bad Dates); Rich Ryan (Fool For Love, The Maids); Craig VanDerSchaegen (Roller Derby Queen); Thomas John Wallace (2016 Ivey Awards).