Best Theater Actor New York 2013 - Taylor Mac
To call Taylor Mac best actor seems so limiting. Why not best actress? Best sea creature? Best flower? Best beast? Mac doesn't let gender (or even species) limit his performances. In works such as Red Tide Blooming or The Lily's Revenge, Mac brings clarity, tenderness, and a gentle eccentricity to protagonists who aren't even human. His sweet, boyish features belie his seriousness of purpose. In his most recent show, Brecht's Good Person of Szechwan, he played both the sweet Shen Te and the stern Shui Ta with grace and aplomb. And this year he'll take on an even more challenging role, attempting to upstage Mandy Patinkin in Classic Stage's The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville.