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Our little friend

Saturday — This was the perfect time for the ATCA crowd to visit the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for a few days. The O’Neill had just won the Tony Award for Regional Theater, an award it certainly deserves for its years of resolute, proactive, and vigorous nurturing of theater artists.

The shiny new Tony was squired around to performances, meetings, and celebrations by suave young Exec Director, Preston Whiteway. Palpable joy cut loose in whoops and applause at each site as he unwrapped the award, which he carried hidden in a black O’Neill tee, and introduced it to the theater community with, “Say hello to my little friend.”

Kathryn Osenlund, Philadelphia (and ’07 O’Neill NCI critic fellow)