Editor's note: This is the last column in a three-part series reviewing the year 2010 in local theater.
One is an acclaimed professional actor, the other a skilled director of community theater productions. Both are at the top of their game.
His talent has been on view at South Coast Repertory for the past several years. Hers is most visible at the Newport Theater Arts Center, although she also helmed the show judged tops among an outstanding field this year at the Huntington Beach Playhouse.
These two exponents of excellence on the stage and in the director's chair are Dakin Matthews and Gigi Fusco Meese, the Daily Pilot's man and woman of the year in theater for 2010.
Dakin Matthews has become an exceptionally familiar figure on the SCR stage, playing Polonius in "Hamlet," Alfred Hitchcock in "Hitchcock Blonde," Andrew Undershaft in "Major Barbara," Arnolphe in "The School for Wives," as well as John Tarleton in this year's "Misalliance." His most memorable achievement came in 1993 when he portrayed C.S. Lewis in the emotionally draining, fact-based "Shadowlands."