5 Top Scene Stealers of the Week-Week Ending 5/29/14

Here are our 5 Top Scene Stealers for the week ending May 29, 2014. Congrats to all our honorees! 


 (1) Frank Britton as Pontius Pilate Testifying inThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot‘ at Forum Theatre.

Frank Britton  (center) as Pontius Pilate. Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography.
Frank Britton (center) as Pontius Pilate. Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography.

Frank Britton’s memorable time on the stand as the militant and righteous Pontius Pilate is a second act highlight as the trial nears its end. Britton has the rare ability of elevating any character that he performs and making his mark without ever stealing focus from the other ensemble members.” Sydney Chanele-Dawkins


(2) Allison Erskine as Dorothy Brock singing, “Shadow Waltz’ in 42nd Street at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

Allison Erskine.
Allison Erskine.

“[Allison] Erskine gives a superb performance as the diva, her attitude and mannerisms exactly as they should be for this character. Her voice is astonishing; her rendition of “Shadow Waltz” is sublime with the smoothness of liquid silk. The duet she shares with Thornhill, “About a Quarter to Nine” is the perfect blend of harmonies and resolution featured between the characters. Erskine gives a wondrous performance in this show; a true talent worthy of a Broadway musical. Amanda Gunther


(3) Roy Patten Jr. as The Cowardly Lion in The Wiz Singing “I’m a Mean Ole Lion” at The Creative and Performing Arts Center

Roy L Patten, Jr. as The Cowardly Lion.
Roy L Patten Jr. as The Cowardly Lion.

“From the second he roared on to the stage, the Cowardly Lion (Roy Patten Jr.) had the audience eating out of the palm of his paw, I had to remind myself that the top of his mane was, in fact, an exuberant blonde Afro. Aside from his highly theatrical hair, Mr. Patten nailed the essence of the grandstanding but terribly insecure Lion. His wide vocal range easily accommodated the challenging music, and his fourth-wall-breaking asides had the audience in stitches, especially during his song “I’m a Mean Ole Lion.” Michael Poandl


 (4) Sy Smith Singing Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love” at Washington Performing Arts: Chris Botti

Sy Smith singing 'The Look of Love.'
Richie Hoods and Sy Smith singing ‘The Look of Love.’

DC native Sy Smith...blew the roof off the Concert Hall with her rendition of Burt Bacharach’s The Look of Love. In case you were wondering, it is possible for a human voice to perfectly replicate a trumpet call. The unison scatting done by Smith and Botti was nothing short of phenomenal.” Diane Jackson Schnoor

(5) Lauren Turchin as Zerbinette in Act III of The Schemings of Scapin at Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

Lauren Turchin Foxand Charlie Retzlaff. Photo by Josh McKerrow.
Lauren Turchin Foxand Charlie Retzlaff. Photo by Josh McKerrow.

“While only gracing the stage in Act III, Zerbinette (Lauren Turchin) is a scene stealer hands down. Bringing her thick gypsy accent to match her bedangled gypsy character, Turchin is a hoot, a scream, and a good roll in the hay for the handful of minutes that her character is experienced. Her facial expressions are vividly animated and her overall personality is vivacious in a way that makes her leap from the stage and into the laps of the audience. Turchin’s interactions with the audience are the most effective as she works the crowd using her body and her humors to really get a rise out of everyone watching.” Amanda Gunther


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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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