Anne Kaffman, David Lindsay-Abaire, Jordan Harrison, Lincoln Center Theatre, London, Mike Daisey, MTC, National Theatre, Public Theater, Richard Nelson, Sam Gold, Steve Jobs, Stockard Channing, Tony Kushner, West End
Lay on the eggnog! Toss the confetti! It’s time for the 2011 superlatives! Huzzah! This year’s winners of the internationally renowned theater-words awards are listed below, roughly in the order they opened.
BEST CASE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE WELL-MADE PLAY:
Good People, MTC/Broadway
Here’s how it goes: There’s an interesting lead character who wants something that she has to fight hard to get. A shocking setup, I know, but we Aristotelians in the audience at David Lindsay-Abaire’s latest were giddy at the elegance and payoff of this perfectly crafted and relevant class drama.
BEST REMINDER THAT TONY KUSHNER ROCKS AND TOTALLY DOESN’T CARE ABOUT NON-COMMERCIAL TITLES:
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, the Public Theater
Mr. Angels in America’s four-hour behemoth stood proudly on its own, complicated terms: Spectacularly performed and directed, it simultaneously made you uncomfortable and blissed out—not exactly an easy combination.