I've got a proposal: While I've pretty much drawn up a preliminary list of people and shows to cite, I'd like to ask you to contribute your two-cents' worth on this. I may not agree with your choices, and they may not affect my final list in any way, but that should be okay, right? We can always disagree with each other agreeably. The point is to be able to remember and to give credit where credit is due.
Who do you think should be cited this year for outstanding stage performances, and which productions should merit commendation? I'm looking for names (and reason/s why they should be considered) for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Featured (Supporting) Actor and Actress in both musical and straight play categories, as well as nominees for Best Play (one-act and two-act) and Best Musical.
All local productions, I should add (whether English- or Filipino-language), so "Peter Pan" from Hong Kong doesn't count.
Never mind if you've not seen most of the productions; I'll take care of that, since as you can see on the sidebar under "The Watch List," I've done my homework by taking time to watch nearly everything of consequence that played on a stage in Manila in 2007, even those mounted by amateur, community or campus-based drama groups.
What I'd like to see by inviting your input here is opinion, argument, discernment in aid of merit. The idea that the efforts of at least some of our theater talents (the good ones, obviously) should not be forgotten just like that, but should get rightful recognition and encouragement from us who've had the chance to enjoy their gifts. We can replay movies anytime on our DVD players. Plays and musicals, alas, exist only in our fickle memory once the curtain goes down.
So, here goes: From the local shows you've seen in 2007, who and which deserve to be cited in a yearend "Best of Theater" list, and why?
Tell us here, and if I like your comment (take note, even if I may disagree with your choices), you win a Christmas gift from me--something I bought (with Euros, aargh!) from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Speak up, don't be shy!