Best Actor (2012)

Mike Traylor in Race

iTheatre Collaborative's production of Race was a stunner, thanks in good part to a striking and memorable lead performance by Mike Traylor. Race, a triptych of short acts about lawyers who consider taking on a controversial rape case involving a billionaire, offers a typically Mametian setup. But Traylor's performance was anything but typical. As an embittered black man and a successful lawyer, he delivered a polemic on racism and commentary on the amorality of the legal profession with an amped-up intensity that allowed us to simultaneously hate and admire his character — a tough sell for even as estimable an actor as Mr. Traylor.


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