Who: Performer in The Dumb Waiter, classic Pinter tale of a pair of hired assassins.
Buzz: This talented actor is finally getting deserved stage time in a year that includes contrasting roles in The Mother's Saint and The Kabbalistic Psychoanalysis Of Adam R. Tzaddik.
Who: Director of Splinters From The Graveyard, about novelist Mary Shelley and her fictional creation Frankenstein.
Buzz: After directing Linda Griffiths' hit Alien Creature and winning the Ken MacDougall Director's Fund Award, Heath is suddenly hot. This show could sizzle.
HUME BAUGH and GREG CAMPBELL
Who: Performers in The Erotic Curve Of The Earth, about obsessive love and dysfunctional relationships.
Buzz: A couple offstage, the two revive their engaging Rhubarb! work, with Baugh as a gay man who can't cope with a breakup and Campbell as the other guys in his life.
Who: Writer/performer in Shifting Gears, a one-person about a legal secretary, a motorcycle and an escaped convict.
Buzz: This solo vehicle should be a fun ride, especially with Stratford and Second City vet Hay -- the woman has perfect comic timing -- in the driver's seat.
: Director of Someone You Don't Know, a what-if piece about a couple who can get rich by willing the death of another.
Buzz: Winner of last year's NOW Audience Choice Award at SummerWorks for Ulcers Before Adolescence has his second go at a festival show. Can he repeat the success?
Who: Writer of Dreaming Elsewhere, a two-hander about barflies who dream of other destinies.
Buzz: An earlier, shorter version of this show was heartbreakingly lovely in a tiny space at Rhubarb! 99. But will it be as good in a larger venue and with a longer running time? Definitely worth finding out.
Who: Director of Poochwater, the tale of a man hell-bent on returning a wallet to its owner.
Buzz: A powerful actor in both comic and serious roles -- he's currently performing in the outdoor Shrew -- takes his talents to the director's chair.