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      Choosing favorites by Barbara Biddison

      It's harder than I thought, and I thought it would be impossible. So, he says, you've attended almost every show that Hamilton-Gibson has done in the past 30 years. What's your favorite? I do have a list of all productions, in chronological order, but I still can't settle on one favorite. There may be a half dozen that I don't care to ever see again anywhere, but other than that I've liked them all for different reasons. How do you compare a musical to a serious drama? Well, I can't. So the dramas? The Elephant Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, 33 Variations, Dancing at Lughnasa,, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. The musicals? Quilters, Nunsense, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Big River, Spamalot.. The comedies? You Can't Take It with You, The Sugar Bean Sisters. This is really hard!

      There are other categories. My favorite one-person show? Underneath the Lintel. My favorites that I was in?.....all of them, but a few stand out for very specific reasons. The Foreigner, Our Town, The Laramie Project, He Held Me Grand, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Motherhood Out Loud. My favorite role? Again, all of them, but probably the Stage Manager for our Town comes to me most often, not just because it's written for a man and it's clear to me that gender isn't relevant, but because she's always on stage observing, commenting, explaining. And because when I walk up on my own hill behind my own house the lines come to me, "You come up here on a fine afternoon and you see range on range of hills, awful blue they are up here by Lake Sunapee and Lake Winnipesaukee...."

      This is like being asked to choose your favorite child!. I've loved them all.

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