BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LOCAL ACTOR Phoenix 2007 - Christopher Haines in Frozen
Christopher Haines' portrayal of a monstrous, self-absorbed serial killer was so intense and so terrifying that one local director sent regrets that he, unnerved by Haines' performance, fled at intermission. Bryony Lavery's award-winning play about a little girl's death at the hands of a depraved pervert isn't an easy one to sit through, to be sure a fact that was made all the more apparent in iTheatre Collaborative's production directed by Mike Traylor earlier this year. Haines' interpretation of the cold-blooded killer was so chillingly sinister and his working-class British accent so dead-on that it trumped several excellent performances at nearby professional theaters. Bravo.