Just because only a handful of people can win the acting honors at the IRNE and Norton Awards, I thought I'd set down a list of the performances I enjoyed the most in 2007.
But first a few specialty awards:
Brendan McNab - for intense turns in See What I Wanna See and Parade, then light ones in Side by Side by Sondheim and The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Most Reliable (3-way tie):
Will Lebow - The Cherry Orchard, Huntington Theatre/A Marvelous Party, A.R.T.
Will McGarrahan - Souvenir, Lyric Stage/Mystery of Edwin Drood, SpeakEasy Stage
Marianna Bassham - Love's Labour's Lost, Actors' Shakespeare Project, A Streetcar Named Desire, New Rep
Best Ensemble/Greatest Cowards (as in Noël) - (another 3-way) -
Victor Garber, Brooks Ashmanskas, Lisa Banes, Sarah Hudnut, Nancy E. Carroll, Pamela J. Gray, Richard Snee - Present Laughter, Huntington Theatre
Thomas Derrah, Will Lebow, Karen MacDonald, Remo Airaldi - A Marvelous Party, A.R.T.
Gabriel Kuttner, Diego Arciniegas, Susanne Nitter, Design for Living, Publick Theater
Really Good Ensembles That Weren't in a Coward Show -
Elizabeth Hayes, Angie Jepson, Risher Reddick, Shelley Bolman - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Boston Theatreworks
Maureen Adduci, Michael Steven Costello, Bill Bruce, Peter Brown, Melissa Baroni, Terrance Haddad, Emma Goodman, Amanda Good Hennessey, Ashley Kelly, Jordan Harrison, Jonathan Orsini, Michael O'Halloran, Gregory Maraio, Brett Marks, Curt Klump, Jacob Rosenbaum, Matthew Scott Robertson, Brian Quint, Mia Van de Water, Cheryl D. Singleton, Marlon Smith-Jones, Christine Power, Jeffrey B. Phillips (entire cast) - The Kentucky Cycle, Zeitgeist Stage
And, finally -
Jeremiah Kissel, Dick Latessa, Sarah Hudnut - The Cherry Orchard, Huntington Theatre
Merritt Janson - Britannicus, A.R.T.
June Baboian - See What I Wanna See, Lyric Stage
Cherry Jones, Chris McGarry - Doubt, National Tour
Debra Wise, Tuck Milligan - Orson's Shadow, New Rep
Kelly McAndrew - Brendan, Huntington Theatre
Jon Ferreira, Rick Park - Valhalla, Zeitgeist Stage
Greg Maraio, Daniel Berger-Jones - Mr. Marmalade, Company One
Kate Baldwin - The Three Musketeers, North Shore Music Theatre
Ato Essandoh, J.D. Williams - Streamers, Huntington Theatre
Kathy St. George - And Now Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Judy Garland