Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, December 30, 2011 Page: 26 of 44
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year in review
I MOVIES From Page 20
at the movies.
2. Beginners. Christopher Plum-
mer gave perhaps the performance of
the year, if not his career, as a septua-
genarian who comes out and enjoys
his final years embracing life. Mike
Mills' quasi-autobiographical film
was humorous, poignant and delight-
1. The Help. Along with Dragon-
Tattoo, writer-director Tate Taylor
showed how to adapt a popular novel
to the screen while retaining its liter-
ary merits and adding cinematic flair.
One of the best shot movies of 2011, it
was also exceptionally well-acted by
the entire cast, but especially Viola
Davis and Octavia Spencer. ■
MAID TO ORDER | Octavia Spencer, right, made 'The Help'
one of the funniest and most poignant films of 2011.
STAGE From Page 20
and it was a fitting swan song for him as he ten-
derly parsed the most poignant of love stories,
with a dark, vicious side. The three actors were
exceptional handling the explicit sexual con-
2. Next to Normal (Uptown Players). Up-
town Players scored a coup in nabbing this
Pulitzer-winning musical, basically an opera
about mental illness. Beautifully sung (espe-
cially by the emotionally connected stars, Patty
Breckenridge and Gary Floyd), it was the sec-
ond major hit from director Michael Serrecchia.
1. Cabaret (DTC). It's tempting to single out
Wade McCollum, as the seductive Master of
Ceremonies, with a large share of the success of
this reinvention of the Kander and Ebb master-
piece, but it was not just him but Julie Johnson,
David Coffee and especially director-choreogra-
pher Joel Ferrell — who turned the Wyly The-
ater into a seedy Weimar night club — plus
everyone involved with making Cabaret the not-
to-miss production of this, or any, season. ■
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Stage, it is said, is an actor's medium, and that is true
with the local theater community, who did excellent work
last year. Pam Daugherty and Jerry Crow breathed
comfortable authenticity in Theatre 3's contribution to the
Foote Festival, The Roads to Home; seven months later
on the same stage, Sally Soldo and Sonny Franks
transformed the domestic musical A Catered Affair into a
kitchen-sink master class in acting for the musical genre.
Larry Randolph, in the nearly-one-man show The
Madness of Lady Bright, was a dazzling tragic tour-de-
force of a drag queen in winter, nearly matched by Barry
Nash's entirely-one-man show Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence
of the Self, both running at the Festival of Independent Theatres — Brighttrom 1:30 Productions, Birdnow
from Second Thought Theater. Second Thought was also represented by the threesome of Drew Wall, Na-
talie Young and Alex Organ, in the most compelling drama of the first half of 2012, Red Light Winter; Organ
scored again (at comedy) in WaterTower Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors, stealing the show in several roles.
The men offered the "wow" factor to DTC's The Wiz, with Scarecrow James Tyrone Lane, Lion David
Ryan Smith and Tin Man Sydney James Harcourt buoying that production. Oozing charisma, Wade Mc-
Collum's sinewy, villainous M.C. in Cabaret turned a part often played for androgyny into a testosterone-
laden sex show. Max Swarner oozed something different — goofy likeability — in ICT's How to Succeed.
Comic women shone at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, with Emily Scott Banks and Catherine Wall
standouts in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, while Shannon J. McGrann plucked her way through
Bad Dates. The entire cast of In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play at Kitchen Dog Theater "got" the
humor in a sickly perverse comedy. Angel Velasco's brain-dead beachcomber was a comic hoot in Level
Ground Arts' camptacular musical Xanadu.
But a trio of actors at Uptown Players made 2011 special. First Patty Breckenridge and Gary Floyd, pic-
tured, turned the quasi-opera Next to Normal into Uptown's best production to date, exploring music, family
life and mental illness with tenderness and strength.
If I had to pick one performance I can't shake all these months later, it would be Lulu Ward in, of all
things, the Paul Rudnick comedy The New Century. Over a 25-minute monologue as the craft-happy mother
of a son with HIV, she delved into the quirky charms of a kitschy Southerner to the depths of pain a mother
feels watching her child die. Between fits of uncontrollable laughter was a cascade of tears from the audi-
ence as she choked back hers. You couldn't walk away from what seemed like a frivolous comedy without
feeling transformed by Ward's performance. That's what made her the actor of the year.
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