This fourth annual edition includes productions that opened between January 1, and May 31, Stage Raw is a community funded professional journalism website that was created in response to the decline of arts coverage in local mainstream and alternative media. All nominees are invited as complimentary guests of Stage Raw. Nominees include everybody whose name appears on the list below; all actors and understudies named in the program for all ensemble categories; all actors, understudies, directors, playwrights, stage managers, choreographers, designers and producers in the categories of Best Revival, Best Musical and Best Production; and in the category of Production Design: all producers, directors, and designers.
The setting is comfortable; the tenor of the playlets is not. The evening is bitter, angsty, and darkly humorous; a theatrical cri de coeur. Given the current state of the nation and the world, the performance fits the times, sadly. Two large, color photographs on easels upstage right and left greet the audience upon entering the auditorium. A placid, composed Barak Obama contrasts with an open-mouthed, ranting Donald Trump. The key phrase:. Have you eyes?
Packed with a bevy of witty and tuneful songs and a barrel full of belly-laughs, the cast is comprised of 17 multi-talented performers. Even if the second half is undeniably more complex in than the first, it definitely gets funnier with each passing scene! This rates as a solid crowd-pleaser early on. Right beside him much of the time is Musical Director Jan Roper, who is arguably the hardest working person involved with this entire production. Through it all, Roper never delivers a false line or hits a bad note at the piano.