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Memorable New York Performances of 2010

30 December 2010 11:05 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

When, on Dec. 30, David Sheward filed his critique of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of "The Mikado," the reviewing year ended for Back Stage. During 2010, Sheward and co–head critic Erik Haagensen reported on more than 250 theater and cabaret shows and, thanks to their responsibilities as members of the New York Drama Critics' Circle and the Drama Desk, saw many other offerings they didn't review. Rather than present yet another top 10 list of the "best" shows of the year, Sheward and Haagensen decided that a publication serving actors should salute actors.What follows is each man's selection of 10 memorable performances—by five women and five men—seen in 2010. Not the "best," not the "most," not ranked in any order, simply 10 performances that were so outstanding they wanted to salute them. Ten is an arbitrary limit. Without question, there were other performances that were as memorable as these. »

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Creating a Community

9 September 2010 8:07 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

"It's a design job—I normally get credited as dialect designer," says Amy Stoller about her work as a coach. She happens to have the unusual credit "dialects and dramaturgy" on the title page of the "Wife to James Whelan" program. That's the extremely well-reviewed Teresa Deevy play that indefatigable Mint Theater Company artistic director Jonathan Bank is presenting as his latest rediscovery.Stoller has worked in tandem with Bank since 1996. ("Jonathan and I don't have to have lengthy discussions," she says.) This production was praised by Back Stage critic Erik Haagensen for the "believable consistency" of accents displayed by the eight-member cast throughout the drama, which takes place in Ireland's Midlands, specifically in the small town of Kilbeggan. How did she achieve it? Stoller relates the answer with humorous intensity while her rescue Maltese, Ricky, sits quietly on this visiting columnist's lap. It's part of her method: Ricky, she says, »

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