Best Actress - 2011
Terri Mowrey, 'West Side Terri,' Monkey Wrench Collective
204 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
On the surface, a one-person show reenacting the movie version of the 1961 musical West Side Story in a woman's small apartment screams theatrical overkill. But in the highly talented hands, legs and voice of Terri Mowrey, this Monkey Wrench Collective production worked seamlessly. She not only did a stellar job replicating the songs and dance moves of the original, but she also managed to share insights into her struggles as a performer and growing up half-Mexican, half-Anglo in Southern California. It was an entertaining-as-hell 75 minutes—both insightful and moving. Mowrey has displayed her considerable talent on local stages over the years, but this was the first time her full theatrical plumage received the chance to flourish. Oh, and anyone who follows her on Facebook realizes this chick probably sees more killer rock concerts than anyone this side of The Orange County Register's Ben Wener.