READERS' CHOICE: TOBY LORENC

A real estate agent by day, Lorenc becomes an improv comedy actor by night. A fan raved: "Funny, funny, funny. A fantastic character actor and shining star in the Stick Horses in Pants comedy troupe."

GAZETTE PICK: STEVE EMILY ("Rabbit Hole")

This gifted actor has wowed audiences and critics alike in a wide range of roles, but none more deeply layered than Howie, the father searching for healing in the midst of unbearable grief.