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Looking ahead to the 2019 Tony Awards: What should win

What makes an acting performance worthy of a Tony Award?

It's always a fascinating question on Broadway: Must such a performance command a marquee, spare no prisoners and take change of any and all the proceedings, much as Bryan Cranston does in "Network" or Stephanie J. Block does in "The Cher Show"? Lovable divas both.

Is greatness open to quietude, ideally born of experience, craft and emotional fortitude? That would fit the under-appreciated Annette Bening in "All My Sons" or, in "The Waverly Gallery," Elaine May, an actress who has been out of the public eye for so long that this truth-teller's return is underpinned by the formidable

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