Theater critic, David C. Nichols, is the main culprit in this list over at Backstage. And it’s a good one. Here are his favorite performances of 2012:
Jeanette Driver in “Nora” (Pacific Resident Theatre)
Rafael Goldstein in “Hamlet” (Zombie Joe’s Underground)
Mariette Hartley in “The Morini Strad” (Colony Theatre)
Troy Kotsur in “Cyrano” (Fountain Theatre)
Christine Lakin in “Silence, the Musical!” (Hayworth Theatre)
Alan Mandell in “Waiting for Godot” (Mark Taper)
Melora Marshall in “Measure for Measure” and “Heartbreak House” (Theatricum Botanicum)
Jan Maxwell in “Follies” (Ahmanson Theatre)
Marco Naggar in “New Jerusalem” (Pico Playhouse)
Scott Shepherd in “Gatz” (REDCAT)
The entire ensemble in “In the Red and Brown Water” (Fountain Theatre)
A bit of a cop out with the final one in my book, yes, the ensemble was worthy of mention, but so was Diarra Kilpatrick’s performance alone. This show does not transcend without her at its center and she should be singled out whenever possible. Which is why I’m doing it now.
About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.