Best Of 2005


Cianci is an inspired designer, with a perfectionist’s eye for detail and a range that reaches from realism to surrealism. Her costumes for Anna in the Tropics at American Stage placed us in Ybor City of the 1920’s, among the workers at a cigar factory whose lives are changed by the hiring of a handsome “lector.” For Bill Leavengood’s Crossing the Bay — a story set in the 19th-century Tampa Bay area — she dressed the wealthy characters in colorful togs befitting their social stratum; and in the comic Golf With Alan Shepard, again at American Stage, she outfitted four eccentric golfers and a fully suited astronaut. Finally, in Proof, Cianci brought us the typically unfashionable denizens of a college town and the better-dressed older sister who comes for a visit from out of town. - Mark E. Leib