I feel pretty confident that my favorite play of the year, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will win Best Play and my favorite musical, Matilda, will win Best Musical. (There is a groundswell of support for Kinky Boots.)
Laurie Metcalf's performance in The Other Place, which capably depicts both the brittle defenses of a woman facing illness as well as the deep tenderness she feels for her husband and daughter, is a remarkable achievement.
Sometimes the stock of a playwright falls for a very good reason. Such is the case with William Inge, a wildly successful artist in the 1950s whose work quickly seemed dated and fell strongly out of favor.