Monday, April 28, 2014

The Spring Hubbies 2014

It took spring a long to get here this year, didn't it - which means there are quite a few Hubbies to hand out!  So without further ado, here are my salutes to the performers, directors and designers who have most impressed me over the past few months:

Best Ensembles

Johnny Lee Davenport, Keith Mascoll, Jesse Hinson, directed by Benny Sato Ambush - The Whipping Man, New Rep

Joey C. Pelletier, Amy Meyer, William Schuller, Beth Pearson, Bryan Bernfeld, Erin Eva Butcher, Anneke Reich, Cameron Cronin, Lynn R. Guerra, Will Jobs, Melissa Walker and Michael Chodos, directed by Matthew Woods - Lovers' Quarrels, Imaginary Beasts

Silke Hundertmark,Yannick Greweldinger, Reinier Schimmel, directed by Jakop Ahlbom - Lebensraum (Habitat), Jakop Ahlbom Company at ArtsEmerson

Kathleen Wise, Benim Foster, directed by Kyle Fabel - Talley's Folly, Merrimack Rep

Andrea Syglowski with Chris Kipiniak in Venus in Fur
Best Individual Performances 

Andrea Syglowski - Venus in Fur, Huntington Theatre

Thomas Derrah - The Seagull, Huntington Theatre

Miche Braden - The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, Merrimack Rep

Crystin Gilmore, Valerie Houston - The Color Purple, SpeakEasy Stage

Leigh Barrett, Shonna Cirone - Company, Moonbox Productions

Jess Barbagallo - House/Divided, Builders Association at ArtsEmerson

Tymberly Canale - Man in a Case, ArtsEmerson

Paula Plum, Kelby T. Akin, Ken Baltin, Joseph Marrella - Death of a Salesman, Lyric Stage

Jill Tanner, Felicity La Fortune - Equally Divided, Merrimack Rep

Steven Barkhimer - Krapp's Last Tape, Fort Point Theatre Channel

Juan Javier Cardenas, Rebecca Soler - Becoming Cuba, Huntington Theatre

Celeste Oliva, Sasha Castroverde - Rich Girl, New Rep

Georgia Lyman, Maureen Keiller - The Whale, SpeakEasy Stage

Akiya Henry, Alex Felton, Kyle Lima, Naomi Cranston, Miltos Yerolemou - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic at ArtsEmerson

Aubin Wise, Andrew Spatafora, Sean Patrick Gibbons, Lauren Eicher - Hello Again, Bridge Rep

Gillian Mackay-Smith - Top Girls, Bad Habit Productions

Hairspray at Wheelock Family Theatre

Robert Saoud, Jenna Lea Scott, Aimee Doherty, Peter Carey, Jennifer Beth Glick, Michael Notardonato, Jon Allen - Hairspray, Wheelock Family Theatre

Best Choreography 

Laurel Conrad - Hairspray, Wheelock Family Theatre 

Jakop Ahlbom - Lebensraum (Habitat), ArtsEmerson

Best Direction

Susan Kosoff - Hairspray, Wheelock Family Theatre

Benny Sato Ambush - The Whipping Man, New Rep

Spiro Veloudos - Death of a Salesman, Lyric Stage

Matthew Woods - Lovers' Quarrels, Imaginary Beasts

Kyle Fabel - Talley's Folly, Merrimack Rep

Till next time!

Best Design

Austin Switser (video), Dan Dobson (sound), Jennifer Tipton and Laura Mroczkowski (lighting), John Cleater and Neal Wilkinson (set) - House/Divided, Builders Association at ArtsEmerson

Jeff Larson and Keith Skretch (video) - Man in a Case, ArtsEmerson

Cotton Talbot-Minkin (costumes) - Lovers' Quarrels, Imaginary Beasts

Randall Parsons (set), Paul Hackenmuller (lighting) - Talley's Folly, Merrimack Rep

Anne Sherer - Hello Again, Bridge Rep

And that's a wrap, for the time being.  We'll hand out another round of critical bouquets sometime this summer.

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