Best Sunshine on a Stage

Jill Blackwood

"Radiant." "Lustrous." "Luminous." "Resplendent." Writers have worn out their thesauri coming up with words to describe Jill Blackwood on stage. The willowy, winsome actress is just so, well, sunny that a comparison to Sol invites itself. Blackwood is naturally that way – lively, cheerful, perpetually flashing that million-watt smile – but in a show, it's magnified a thousandfold so that she seems to be giving off more light than the ones beaming down on her. That's not to diminish the other qualities that make her such an invaluable performer on the local scene: a dazzling voice, a shining sense of comedy, brilliant comic timing, incandescence … see, there we go again. Suffice it to say that dark clouds and gloom don't stand a chance when this Jill hits the boards.

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