Best Of 2014

Best Comic Actor: Matthew McGee

Best Comic Actor

Matthew McGee knows just how to hold an entire audience in his hand. He does it by identifying completely with whatever character he’s playing and then adding an ironic wrinkle, an inescapably noticeable wink that tells us he knows that he’s only acting, and he knows that we know that he knows. He did it in Stageworks’ delicious The Divine Sister, when he played the Mother Superior of St. Veronica’s Convent and School, and he did it in freeFall’s Mikado, when he played Katisha, the perfect nightmare bride, the one whose memory wakes you at midnight in a cold sweat, with teeth chattering. Is there any other actor who seems so much to revel in being on stage? And we can’t help but exult along with him.