Best Of 2016

Best actress: ROSEMARY ORLANDO, BROADWAY BOUND

Best actress

As mother Kate in the Stageworks production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, Rosemary Orlando offered an emotionally complex performance that stood out for its surface likability and subterranean sadness. Orlando gave us a Kate who was battered by an unsuccessful marriage, resigned to an uncertain future, and still responsible enough to quietly demand right behavior from the world around her, including her two sons. The serious climax of the play, in which Kate told her boy Eugene about the day she danced with film actor George Raft, was so poignant, it made the comedy that preceded it seem almost unnecessary. Acting this potent is rare — and magical. stageworkstheatre.org. —Mark Leib