Best Theatrical Institution Orange County 2007 - Hal Landon Jr.
Landon will always be associated with the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in South Coast Repertory's annual production of A Christmas Carol. He's played the guy for 27 straight years, and it's impossible to think of the show without Landon. But his non-Scrooge work at SCR proves Landon's great comic versatility. From small supporting parts (his poker-faced Piotr in Nothing Sacred and irascible Gravedigger in Hamlet) to leading roles (his unbelievably funny turn as cruelty incarnate in Play Strindberg), Landon is a master of subtlety and comic timing. The day he stops playing Scrooge will be a bummer; the day he stops acting will be a tragedy.