Best Of 2014

Best Play: "The Normal Heart," freeFall Theatre Company

Best Play

Larry Kramer’s angry play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York was presented by freeFall Theatre with an unforgettable mix of superb acting and terrific directing. As activist Ned Weeks, Eric Davis was an uncontrollable force, incensed at the straight world for turning away from the afflicted, and livid at the gay world for remaining closeted and unalarmed. Roxanne Fay was characteristically superb as the polio-stricken doctor who became Weeks’ ally, and Jim Sorensen, as Weeks’ less excitable colleague, turned in his usual first-class work. Larry Silverberg’s staging was so taut and intense, two-and-three-quarter hours seemed like one. Drama seldom gets this urgent.