We asked the Twin Cities Daily Planet’s Resident Classical Music and Drama Critic Basil Considine for a retrospective top 10 list of favorite shows from the 2014-2015 theatre season in the Twin Cities. Basil refused to play favorites, but offered this list of 10 scene-stealing performances, loosely construed and in no particular order:
- The rescue kittens in the Jungle Theater’s production of You Can’t Take It With You, which mewed appreciably and peaked out of aprons.
- Anna Sundberg as Alice in the Jungle Theater’s production of You Can’t Take It With You, grabbing attention instantly and not letting it go until she left the stage.
- Caroline Innerbichler as Rose in the Ordway’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.
- Jay Albright as Peter Quince in the Guthrie Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Michelle O’Neill (as Elizabeth Proctor) and Erik Heger (as John Proctor) in their joint interrogation scene in the Guthrie Theater’s production of The Crucible.
- Tyler Michaels as an irresistibly energetic Peter Pan in the Children’s Theatre Company production of Peter Pan.
- Anna Hopps’ sparkling, crackling script in Burntail Arts’ Reinventing the Wolf.
- Brenda Harris as the master manipulator (and masterfully creepy) Eleanor Iselin in Minnesota Opera’s The Manchurian Candidate.
- Siena Forest and Bergen Baker as Carmen’s galpals Frasquita and Mercédès in Minnesota Opera’s groovy, 1970s Spain production of Carmen.
- Realizing mid-performance that the three wives in Michelle Lowe’s The Smell of the Kill were planning on offing their husbands (Lemming Productions).
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