Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Oopsie: Some things that didn't make my top 100 list.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Blow out your candles Laura...
  • Blow out your candles Laura...
I've been getting lots of feedback on the top 100 list and many excellent suggestions for things I should have included but didn't. Here's a taste...

Several people have wondered why I neglected to mention Christina Wellford Scott's performance as Maria Callas inMaster Class. One reason only: I didn't see it. And I regret having missed it since by all accounts it was really something. CWS recently told me she'd done some of her best work in that show and that's all the more reason to regret having made other plans... repeatedly.

She's one of my very favorite performers (and people for that matter) but I have a pathological distaste for that show so I avoided it. Oopsie!

Also, I completely forgot about Dave Landis' excellent go at Salieri in Amadeus. But I'm not 100% sure that Dave's Sal would have made the list even if I hadn't let it slip my mind. His good acting and hard work got lost in a sketchy revival of a great show that doesn't seem particularly definitive of the decade. This wasn't the 1980's after all and this wasn't Jay Erlicher's standard-setting take on Mozart's arch-nemesis. Landis was involved with many of the shows that made my list and I should have name checked him somewhere at least. But not for Salieri. Oopsie!

At one point my list included an entry for Landis' fantastic production of Ragtime alongside GCT's Conversion of Buster Drumwright for big shows beautifully squeezed into tiny spaces. That was never officially cut but somehow fell through the cracks as all the elements of the post came together. Either Landis' direction or Jay Rapp's tight quarters choreography for Ragtime should have made the final cut. Oopsie.

Steven Burk can be a fantastic actor, no doubt, and I've been told he did his best work in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. I didn't see that one either. I did see Amber Snyder's Laura in Glass Menagerie however and agree that she was extraordinary. Well, in act II anyway. Double oopsie.

My favorite suggestion to emerge so far is that Playhouse on the Square's Courtney Oliver should have been singled out because she"proved she was more than just Peter Pan." That's a suggestion I can really get behind. Oliver has proven to be a talented choreographer, a challenging director, a versatile actor, and a pretty darn good media director to boot. But I've been a big CO fan since her days as a lowly intern so maybe I was less astonished than I should have been by all that TCB.

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