Deborah, I have go agree with your statement on those posted from last year. there were several other shows and designs that had some really good elements in them. But then again, these are nominated and not necessarily from critics.
Did your theater critics go to Playmakers this past year? it is hard to tell from this list. Ray Dooley's performance in the Illiad was mesmerizing-- and much deserving of the award. But did you all miss the Henry IV and V? I attended with about 40 current and former adult students-- some coming to the theater for the first time-- and they all were moved by how much the themes of young adulthood resonated with their lives and how the themes of war felt as current as if they had been written yesterday. I was also surprised to see no mention of Imaginary Invalid. Could the critics have missed this show? The physicality of the performances was like nothing we've seen in over a decade of attending theater in the triangle! Have you ever seen an actor in NC suspended on a chair two floors above the stage? And the new translation (commissioned especially for our community) made Moliere's themes about healthcare come to life in a way that was so shocking and funny, my three boys (elementary and middle school age) are still repeating and laughing at jokes from the script. I hope your critics will pay closer attention to the fine work being done at Playmakers next year.
The May constitutional amendment was not MERELY against same-sex marriages [and please don't call it "gay marriage", Byron]; it was also against civil unions, domestic partnerships, or any other "domestic legal union" (from the text of the bill). Please report the full dangers of the Amendment if you're going to bring it up.
What about Showtimes The Big "C"??? What about Fx Sons of Anarchy???
Two glaring omissions here, both from FX, both with great character-driven stories: 'Justified' and the now-cancelled 'Terriers'.
P.S.: For those readers interested in how we select the winners for our yearly superlatives, our Dec. 7 Artery essay details the selection process:
Happy holidays, everyone!
Dear Readers: Due to space limitations, the print version of this story did not include the following subcategories in technical theater and design:
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Sound Design
Best Effects and Other Design
This online version contains the full text for the Year in Theater 2010.
Glad to see JOhn McIlwee for costuming.
BUT what about AMADEUS?
Did anyone see it? Certainly the lead actors were much more accomplished. NO mention of them. BLUE was not as rich or difficult as AMADEUS. Yet an actor from BLUE gets honorable mention...wow
Rachel Maddow makes my skin crawl. She is more smug than Olbermann.
@TheaterGoer: No, sound design is it's own category. What production would you have nominated for clear excellence in this field this year?
Add a Sound Design Category or include it in the definition of Original Music.
It turns out there are two talented theater professionals in the Triangle with similar names.
Chris Bernier co-designed the set for Drift at Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, as noted correctly in the story.
However, Mother is correct that the performer in A Dog From Hell and The Italian Actress is Chris Burner.
These two errors were introduced in the editing process; the story has now been corrected. Apologies to all.
Wonderful article. However should be noted that under Best Scenic Design it should read Chris BURNER; under Best Ensembles A Dog From Hell it should read Chris BURNER;; Best Supporting it should read Chris BURNER (Fred Ozoki) from the Italian Actress. Thanks for the correction.
With all the diverse blurring of boundaries, juxtaposition, interrogating, investigating, non-traditionalating, etc., it's annoying to have to actually look at anything. I'd rather read wall text. Then I'm clear on the artist/curator's agenda and I can leave feeling like I've understood the art experience.
While clearly the definition of 'what is art' is subjective (like many things), I have to respectfully disagree. Collages like Pinon's are recognized as art not only for their content - in this case, challenging traditional notions of masculinity as conceptualized through the trope of the American cowboy - but also for the skill involved in making a seamless collage which, though made of many elements, appears to be one image. There is room enough, with the diversity of taste in the world, for diversity of artwork.
I've never really understood the belief that photography is art. The art of any subject involves the hand of the artist...a machine is not a hand. A FLOATING COWBOY, TOTALLY MACHINE MADE, IS NOT ART. To pay money to assume an attitude of superior awareness is not only insane it is the epidimy of the emporor has no clothes. Van Gogh may have been insane but he an artist.
Insight and considered thought are the hallmarks of a brave new world as evidenced by the author.
There can still be hope for humanity and arts as
long as we apply ours (humanity) and intelect; (as
the author embraces the world), with all our heart!
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