The Honorable Mentions List for 2012:
(in alphabetical order)
1. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
(Mike Daisey @ The Public)
Controversy aside, Mike Daisey's monologue about his love/hate relationship with Apple was a powerful piece of theater, expertly performed.
(The Theatre Project @The Players Theater)
Sean Pomposello's hard-boiled riff on the legend of Sweeney Todd was given a first-class production by director Christian Amato and a quartet of excellent actors.
3. Charlie Victor Romeo - CVR (3LD)
No less effective then when it was first presented, Charlie Victor Romeo may be even more intense post-911. The feature film version will premiere at Sundance in January 2013.
4. Finding Elizabeth Taylor
A fantastic coming-of-age-with-a-famous-name story was given an excellent production at the Fringe this summer.
5. Jukebox Jackie:Snatches of Jackie Curtis
Scott Wittman's enormously fun salute to Warhol's Superstar with superb turns by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond and Cole Escola.
6. The Lady From Dubuque
Director David Esbjornson made a case for The Lady From Dubuque to be re-considered as one of Edward Albee's great plays with help from Laila Robins breathtaking performance.
7. Night of the Auk
A Broadway flop in 1956 was given the full-parody treatment at the Fringe this summer and the results were hilarious.
8. Restoration Comedy
Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar's and the Bats turn Amy Freed's play into a delightful party. This one's still running thru December 31, so go!
9. Roman Tragedies
(Toneelgroep Amsterdam @ BAM)
Ivo van Hove took on all three of Shakespeare's Roman plays and freed the audience by letting us/them move about the theater, including on to the stage.
(Banana Bag & Bodice @ Collapsable Hole)
Banana Bag & Bodice's latest was a quirky and disturbing little gem.
11. Title and Deed
Will Eno's latest was a smart and funny and slightly sad solo play wonderfully performed by Conor Lovett.
12. The Ugly One
Alfredo Narciso, Steven Boyer and Lisa Joyce were delicious in this nightmarish satire of physical beauty.
13. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915
Jackie Sibblies Drury's play was given a great production that made audiences wonderfully uncomfortable.
14. World of Wires
(Jay Scheib @ The Kitchen)
The awesome Jay Scheib did it again with World of Wires and proved why he's in a class by himself.