Actress Susan Lynskey eskimo kisses theater advocate Victor Shargai at the Helen Hayes Awards. (Kate Warren/For The Washington Post)

To say that Victor Shargai is Washington theater’s Number One Fan is not to draw any dark parallels to an obsessive worshiper in a Stephen King novel. Shargai’s no stalker; he’s a nonpareil enthusiast, a familiar figure on opening nights across town, for which he’s often seated in the front row, where his perch reliably allows his distinctive laugh to fill the room. On Monday night, the Helen Hayes Awards, of which he was long chairman before leaving in October, gave him its lifetime achievement award. Let’s hope that he’ll have his theater ticket punched for many more shows.

— Peter Marks