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On Theater: Highlights of 2013 at local venues

December 23, 2013|By Tom Titus | By Tom Titus

As we prepare to sweep 2013 out the door, it's time to pause and take a backward glance at the year in local theater, bringing out the best shows and performers (at least in this column's opinion) for a final curtain call.

Without further ado, then, here are the year's highlights among the professional, community and collegiate performing organizations in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Westminster and Laguna Beach:

South Coast Repertory: Best production — "Death of a Salesman," directed by Marc Masterson; runners-up — "The Parisian Woman," directed by Pam McKinnon, and "Chinglish," directed by Leigh Silverman. Best performances — Charlie Robinson in "Death of a Salesman," Dana Delaney in "The Parisian Woman"; runners-up — Matthew Arkin in "The Whale" and Jenny O'Hara in "4,000 Miles."

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Laguna Playhouse: Best production — "A Christmas Memory," directed by Nick De Gruccio; runner-up — "Fallen Angels," directed by Art Manke. Best performances — Marsha Waterbury in "A Christmas Memory," Davis Gaines in "I Do, I Do" and Teri Ralston in "Steel Magnolias"; runners-up — Alyson Lindsay in "Steel Magnolias" and Jennifer Leigh Warren in "Having It All."

Costa Mesa Playhouse: Best production — "Greater Tuna," directed by Kyle Myers; runner-up — "Dog Logic," directed by Sharyn Case. Best performances — Keith Bush in "Dog Logic"; runners-up — Robin L. Watkins and Karl Schott, both in "Greater Tuna," and Emily Price in "Lucky Stiff."

Newport Theatre Arts Center: Best production — "Brooklyn Boy," directed by Gigi Fusco Meese; runner-up — "Oklahoma," directed by Phyllis Gitlin. Best performances — Bob Fetes in "Dr. Cook's Garden" and Hayley Jackson in "Oklahoma"; runners-up — Jeff Bickel in "An Act of the Imagination" and Harriet Whitmyer in "Oklahoma."

Huntington Beach Playhouse: Best production — "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," directed by Greg Cohen; runner-up — "Fiddler on the Roof," directed by Larry Watts. Best performances — Louis Jack in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and Sonja Taylor in "Bye Bye Birdie"; runners-up — Michael Castro and Austin James Duffis, both in "Fiddler on the Roof," and Jena Slipp in "Bye Bye Birdie."

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