After Dark Award
“Outstanding Performance” - Book of Days (Raven Theatre)
Jeff Citation Nomination
“Actress In Supporting Role” - Dead End (Griffin Theatre)
Scene Stealers: Actors to Watch - Chicago Tribune
"(Cora Vander Broek) seems to improve every ensemble in which she finds herself. Funny, self-aware, self-effacing, passionate and unflaggingly honest, no Chicago fringe actress more deserves a shot at the big time."
"It's Vander Broek's show; she's damn good!"-LA Weekly. WHERE WE STARTED: Independent Feature Film | Theoretical Entertainment.
"It belongs on Broadway, if at all possible with the entire original cast." -Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal. LINDA VISTA: A WORLD PREMIERE BY TRACY LETTS | STEPPENWOLF THEATRE
"Linda Vista is very much a classic Steppenwolf kind of show—funny, edgy, smart—I don't doubt it will be a hit, and so it deserves to be."–Chicago Tribune. LINDA VISTA: A WORLD PREMIERE BY TRACY LETTS | STEPPENWOLF THEATRE
“Cora Vander Broek gave just a super performance. Her vulnerability and hurt was poignant and powerful" -The Arts Section: Dueling Critics, NPR Chicago. LINDA VISTA: A WORLD PREMIERE BY TRACY LETTS | STEPPENWOLF THEATRE
"A beautifully shaped performance by the excellent Cora Vander Broek" -Chicago Sun Times. LINDA VISTA: A WORLD PREMIERE BY TRACY LETTS | STEPPENWOLF THEATRE
"As played by Cora Vander Broek . . . Jules is complicated, in short, like a grown-up."-Chicago Reader. LINDA VISTA: A WORLD PREMIERE BY TRACY LETTS | STEPPENWOLF THEATRE
"Fall's excellent production, rooted in a specific time and place, gets first-rate performances form Cliff Chamberlain and Cora Vander Broek as a couple caught up in the contradictions of capitalism." -Michael Billington | The Guardian. SOUPS,STEWS,AND CASSEROLES: 1976 | GOODMAN THEATRE
"Vander Broek, playing the author's most sympathetic character, bursting with so much heart, energy and vitality that you intuit what this woman could have achieved with more opportunity outside of Kevin Depinet's period-specific Wisconsin home setting." -Chris Jones | Chicago Tribune. SOUPS,STEWS,AND CASSEROLES: 1976 | GOODMAN THEATRE
"Cora Vander Broek brings the perfect intelligence and understanding to her role"-Hedy Weiss | Chicago Sun Times. SOUPS,STEWS,AND CASSEROLES: 1976 | GOODMAN THEATRE
"Damon Kiely's straight-up production has some very strong scenes: At one point, the entire opening-night audience felt like Vander Broek's seething Patty Ann was going to come after them with her iron." - Chicago Tribune. LUCK OF THE IRISH | NEXT THEATRE, CHICAGO.
"Cora Vander Broek in an 'admirably uncompromising turn' as the 'ferocious, resentful wife Patty Ann.' -Chicago Sun-Times. LUCK OF THE IRISH | NEXT THEATRE, CHICAGO.
"Vander Broek is a thrilling choice to portray Catherine Givings. When Vander Broek pushes against the walls of Victorian morality, her expressions flutter from a bird in a cage to a cat pressed up against the bars." -Thirdcoast Digest. IN THE NEXT ROOM (or the vibrator play) | ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE & MILWAUKEE REPERTORY.
"Disconnections abound in Ruhl’s world. They are embodied most powerfully by Givings’s wife, Catherine, brilliantly played by Cora Vander Broek." -Inside Milwaukee. IN THE NEXT ROOM (or the vibrator play) | ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE & MILWAUKEE REPERTORY.
"Cora Vander Broek stands out from a rock-solid cast . . . delivering just the sort of offhanded performance needed to keep Rogers's story from feeling over-thought." -Chicago Reader. MADAGASCAR | NEXT THEATRE, CHICAGO.
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Vander Broek paints a fine portrait of a trapped and wounded young woman who feels too much." -Chicago Sun Times. MADAGASCAR | NEXT THEATRE, CHICAGO.
"[Vander Broek] gives a truly remarkable performance that constantly knocks you off center and perpetually draws your eye." -Chicago Tribune. ALL MY SONS | TIMELINE THEATRE, CHICAGO.
"Janet Ulrich Brooks and Cora Vander Broek are ferocious as Kate and Ann. CRITICS CHOICE." -Chicago Reader. ALL MY SONS | TIMELINE THEATRE, CHICAGO.
“In a performance that’s both convincingly period and thrillingly contemporary, supple, quivering Vander Broek makes the whole show work. –Time Out Chicago. DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE | NORTHLIGHT THEATRE, CHICAGO.
“Vander Broek is good enough to elbow her way into the character’s manipulating psyche and yet still make an audience care about her fate. There’s a Chicago-style hunger to Vander Broek’s performance that both celebrates Nina’s ambitions and subtly undermines them.” -Chicago Tribune. THE SEAGULL | RAVEN THEATRE, CHICAGO.
“On Sunday night's opening, [Vander Broek's] breakdown socked you right in the gut.” -Chicago Tribune. DEAD END | GRIFFIN THEATRE, CHICAGO.