Best Of 2005

BEST SET DESIGNER: R. T. Williams

R. T. Williams is one of the best things that ever happened to Stageworks. Years of unimpressive environments finally came to an end when he became Stageworks’ set designer, and from the day he signed on, he’s never been second best. For Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, he gave us a super-realistic backyard area in an upper-middle-class neighborhood, featuring the Keller family’s back porch, a picnic table and a tree damaged by lightning. For Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly, Williams’ set featured a boathouse, a long wooden walkway and even a workable rowboat. And for Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs, Williams solved the problem of Gorilla Theatre’s shallow stage with a backdrop of lopsided doors and windows and variously-sized triangles — absurdism in three shades of gray. Bravo, Williams! We only wish you’d gotten here sooner. - Mark E. Leib