Best Actress

Chryssie Whitehead

The song "Whatever Lola Wants" from Damn Yankees has become American pop culture's iconic femme-fatale number, and Chryssie Whitehead's performance as Lola, the devil's henchbabe, in the 5th Avenue Theatre's April production was enough to put all thoughts of Sofia Vergara and Diet Pepsi commercials out of the audience's head. With a Vargas-girl body that seemingly could move in six directions at once, an elegantly ludicrous comic flair, and crackling chemistry with Christopher Charles Wood as Joe, her would-be seductee, Whitehead continued the 5th's tradition of knowing exactly how to cast period pieces like this—potentially musty in any other company's hands—for maximum zing. GAVIN BORCHERT 1308 Fifth Ave., 5thavenue.org

 
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