Arts & Entertainment

Staff Pick

Best Theater Ensemble 

LaBute New Theater Festival

One of the built-in features of the LaBute New Theater Festival is that you get to watch local actors play a number of different roles across both halves of the fest. Black comedies about the racial divide, quasi-thrillers about white privilege, a psychopath using reality TV as a ruse to lure in victims, sci-fi slapstick and surreal plays about the future of womankind — this year's LaBute Fest had it all. The large ensemble — Jaz Tucker, Carly Rosenbaum, Chuck Brinkley, Shane Signorino, Colleen Backer, Eli Hurwitz, Jenney Smith and Spencer Sickmann — performed with an enthusiasm and skill that carried the festival to new heights. Whether playing a waiter or a mythical character in relationship counseling, each of them assayed their momentary character as if it was the best role in the show.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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