Theatre Faculty and Grad Win Awards Too
Bill Kincaid, Ray Gabica and Brooke Edwards have had some award winning theatre successes this past year.
Bill Kincaid’s production of Chicago at the Cortland Repertory Theatre made theatre critic Tony Curulla’s top ten list of best in Central New York theatre for 2011.
“Chicago,” Cortland Repertory Theatre, June. The show was fraught with the abrupt, stylized choreography of Bob Fosse and a host of memorable Kander and Ebb tunes, all handled with a captivating spirit and freshness by its director, Bill Kincaid, while CRT’s Kerby Thompson was visually and verbally spot-on as the persuasive Billy Flynn.
Ray Gabica, director, and graduate student Brooke Edwards, actor, won critical praise and a Judy for “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.” The production at the NonProphet Theatre Company in St. Louis made the top ten list of critic Andrea Braun on playbac:stl.
This searing two-hander brought together Brooke Edwards, who is missed on local stages since she’s been at Western Illinois U. working on an MFA in directing, and NonProphet co-founder and Artistic Director Robert A. Mitchell…. Danny opened the 2011 season in April with a dizzying blend of humor and hurt, violence and romance, and a sense of hope in the midst of despair. Both actors were as good as I’ve seen them, and I was drained by the end—and I mean that in a very good way.
Brooke and her acting partner Richard Mitchell also received Judy Awards for Best Couple in a Drama. The Judy Awards are from Judith Newmark, theatre Critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.