Best Of 2018

Best costume designer: KATRINA STEVENSON, STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR

Best costume designer

Gibraltar, by Andrea Lepcio, is about the stateside love affair between young Jewish American Miriam (the talented Jordan Mann) and the ingratiating Moroccan soccer player Sameer (excellent Joe Joseph). Miriam’s world is so different from Sameer’s, one might easily think to express this in the costuming. But Katrina Stevenson knew instead to make Sameer’s casual, even sloppy clothing as American as possible, and to save the sharp, even ostentatious clothing for Miriam’s shallow friend Tripp (played brightly by Chris Jackson). Miriam herself was costumed as a middle-class professional. The suspense of the piece — was Sameer a Machiavellian conspirator or not? — was all the more fascinating because Stevenson got these togs so right. americanstage.org. —Mark Leib