AE "Best Of" 2008

Posted on December 29, 2008

I am so proud of the work that has been on the AE stage this season. And it's a thrill to be included among the annual year-end "Best Of" lists.

Atlanta Theatre Buzz ( has highlighted AE among the top finishers in the following categories, including:
Best Ensembles - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Outstanding Actors - Craig Waldrip, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Outstanding Supporting Actors - Don Finney, Some Men
Outstanding Directors - Kent Gash, Some Men, and Freddie Ashley, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Outstanding Tech - Octopus

Also, in the AJC's year-end wrap-up, Wendell Brock said the following:
Three comedic geniuses, two shows, one director: First, LaLa Cochran blowtorched the scenery of Theatre in the Square’s “The Little Dog Laughed.” Then Our Lady of Camp joined the misty-eyed Shelley McCook and the flamboyantly fabulous Don Finney in Actor’s Express’ “The New Century.” Alan Kilpatrick directed both. We all shrieked like banshees.

And here's what Creative Loafing's Curt Holman had to say about AE in his year-end review:
Love! Valour! Compassion! playwright Terrence McNally spans nearly a century to explore how American gay life has evolved from the closet to gay weddings in SOME MEN (May 1-31). Director Kent Gash and Actor’s Express artistic director Freddie Ashley lived up to the play’s implicit call for gay theater to rise above the familiar tropes of the past 20 years and continue to challenge itself. Standouts among Some Men’s terrific ensemble included Doyle Reynolds as a man who wrestles with societal changes, as well as Don Finney as a defiant drag queen who challenges a bar-full of closeted men. (In the fall, Finney joined LaLa Cochran and Shelly McCook for the year’s funniest play, The New Century, which looked forward while Some Men offered a backwards glance.) — Holman

Congratulations to these and all the artists in the AE family. Upward and onward into 2009!