Best Solo Performer San Francisco 2006 - Ron Campbell
If the quality of a performance can be judged by the extent to which an actor transforms himself onstage, then Ron Campbell personifies greatness. Equally capable of holding down 38 different characters in one evening, single-handedly bringing to life an entire Dickens novel, or sustaining the ramblings of one of the 20th century's most visionary eccentrics over the course of an hour and a half without once pausing for breath, Campbell is the theatrical equivalent of a luxury chocolate assortment. As his madcap turn as Stephano in CalShakes' production of The Tempest last year proved, Campbell is a credit to any ensemble cast. But it's as a solo performer, commanding stages in productions as varied as R.Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, The Thousandth Night,and his one-man adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities that Campbell makes audiences beg for more.