Best Theatrical Production (TIE)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf / The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Staff Pick

Has a better play with better actors ever been been performed in Tucson? We doubt it. Broadway in Tucson brought this staggeringly good, much-honored production to town in May for its last tour, ever (probably). Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin blew the doors off the Tucson Music Hall and were visibly emotional during their bows on the last couple of nights. If you were lucky enough to see it, you walked out afterwards into the warm Tucson night and the TCC traffic jam full of the awe and wonder Aristotle talked about--and vowing never to take another drink. If you missed it ... well, you missed a thing that will not come again.

All right, you've got money and professionalism at Arizona Theatre Company, dedication and daring at some little theater companies in town, talent and good intentions almost everywhere else. But when it comes to selecting the best theatrical production of the season, consider who chose the most challenging script and brought it to life with excellent acting and stage direction, despite minimal resources and publicity--and you get Stark Naked's version of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Did more than 100 people see this show during its short run in April? Maybe not, but that's the rest of Tucson's loss--especially since, as rumor has it, the company's moving force, Eugenia Woods, is moving herself out of town.

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