YEAR IN REVIEW

  
Top 10 Theater Events of 2005:

1. The Light in the Piazza (musical by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, excellent direction by Bartlett Sher)
2. The Paris Letter (play by Jon Robin Baitz, excellent direction by Doug Hughes)
3. Swimming in the Shallows (play by Adam Bock, excellent direction by Trip Cullman)
4. Sweeney Todd (Stephen Sondheim musical, excellent direction by John Doyle)
5. Le Dernier Caravanserail (excellent direction by Ariane Mnouchkine)
6. Hurlyburly (excellent direction by Scott Elliott)
7. Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
8. Play without Words (imaginative direction & choreography by Matthew Bourne)
9. The Pillowman (play by Martin McDonough)
10. (tie) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, beautifully directed by James Lapine) and Jersey Boys (excellent direction by Des McAnuff)
                                      
Top Performances:

1. Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza
2. Bill Irwin in Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
3. John Glover in The Paris Letter
4. Josh Hamilton in Hurlyburly
5. Jeff Goldblum in The Pillowman
6. Kristine Nielsen in Miss Witherspoon
7. Kelli OHara in The Light in the Piazza
8. Tyler Maynard in Altar Boyz
9. Alison Pill in On the Mountain
10. Norm Lewis in Two Gentlemen of Verona

Top Movies (no particular order):

Brokeback Mountain
Mysterious Skin
What the Bleep Do We Know
Everything Is Illuminated
Capote
The Dying Gaul
Nine Lives
Mamma Roma
(I went on a big Pasolini binge with Netflix)

Top Albums (no particular order): 

EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL Adapt or Die (remixes)
KATHLEEN EDWARDS Back to Me
HAROLD BUDD & ROBIN GUTHRIE Mysterious Skin soundtrack
The Light in the Piazza original cast album
DUDLEY SAUNDERS The Billy White Acre Sessions
LIZZ WRIGHT Dreaming Wide Awake
BRIGHT EYES Im Wide Awake, Its Morning
THELONIOUS MONK AND JOHN COLTRANE Live at Carnegie Hall