Best of Boston

2013 Best Actress

Celeste Oliva

Name a major motion picture filmed in the Hub in the past decade, and chances are you saw Celeste Oliva in it. But she’s also a stage veteran who this year shone in the Lyric Stage’s production of David Henry Hwang’s satirical play, Chinglish. Acting with a graceful mix of strength and poignant vulnerability, Oliva stole every scene in her role as the provincial bureaucrat Xi Yan.