Waves of Faves

Thirty-Three New York Theater Types Offer Up Their Favorite Productions From the 1999–2000 Season

Eduardo Machado Oedipus Rex
"The open rehearsal at the Actors Studio starred Al Pacino, Dianne Wiest, and David Strathairn. Watching Al, Dianne, and Dave rehearse was better than watching most people perform."

Kenneth Lonergan Fuddy Meers
"I probably saw it 10 times and never got tired of it ever. I thought it was so inventive and so funny and so moving. I love what David Lindsay-Abaire does with language, he has such an inexhaustible font of inventiveness."

Rome Neal Jitney
"A wonderful play, great direction, lively, wonderful ensemble work. And the language of August Wilson captures the humanity and complexity of his characters very well. It's just hilarious and sad and a strong piece of work."

Charlayne Woodard in Suzan-Lori Parks's In The Blood
Charlayne Woodard in Suzan-Lori Parks's In The Blood

Daphne Rubin-Vega The Wild Party (MTC)
"I loved the story and I thought it was well directed. Wonderful performances, especially by Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel, though I'm partial. The entire cast was incredibly united and enthusiastic and just pulsating."

Bill Talen (a/k/a The Reverend Billy) Lullaby
"I saw it at Snug Harbor, where performer Trajal Harrell had residency. The performance of his troupe, it told stories so specifically and evocatively: stories of longing and of driving and of loving, heavily lit and costumed vignettes of nocturnal hopes."

Cynthia Nixon Dirty Blonde
"From the moment I walked in and saw that gorgeous set with all that pink and Mae West's flirtatious eyes blown up huge, I knew I would love it. I didn't know that in addition to the story I had come to see—West's gutsy showbiz rise and fall—there would be a painfully tentative present-day love story. And of course Claudia Shear's rendition of Mae West was mind-blowing."

Tony Torn Rodan
"It was created by Radiohole, a collective of four artists, in a loft in Williamsburg. Opening night was extremely disoriented and confused. It was theater done in a kitchen sink and it was wonderful, a new aesthetic, withdrawn from every sort of commercialism—completely creative, free-form, funny, intimate."

Tim Sanford In the Blood
"The development of Suzan-Lori Parks, how her narrative voice and strength of character are building—in addition to her epic vision and sense of language—is very impressive. For such a meaty dramatic tragic piece, it was so ceaselessly human and moving and inventive. And the central performance just knocked my socks off."

Jessica Goldberg The Year of the Baby
"It was nice to see something so big and full that was so simple. Just so honest and really special. I loved the cast—the kids were amazing. And the gynecology scene was incredible."

Steven Rattazzi Inky
"Rinne Groff is a totally new and original voice in playwriting. Astonishingly powerful. Rinne's roots are so varied and she's so smart. She's a great breeding ground of the traditional and the experimental."

Lola Pashalinski Moonlodge
"This one-woman piece, written and performed by Margo Kane, moved me so much with its purity and honesty. In tracing the life of a dispossessed young woman, Kane made palpable the deepest meaning in the idea of home."

Richard Greenberg The Altruists
"Nicky Silver found, I thought, a simple but effective farce structure. I really admire it. Ostensibly a satire of political commitment, the play's real subject, as is always the case with Nicky's plays, is heartbreak."

Jim Findlay The Florida Project
"I thought Tory Vazquez was working on a new level. She's beginning to create a style that is uniquely her own—she did it with a fish tank and a tarp. I also have a soft spot for Florida—I'm from Florida, too."


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