With so many awards shows becoming drawn-out snoozefests, the night of theater honors called the Column Awards offers a much-needed change of pace. The creation of actor/blogger John Garcia, this zippy event honors excellence throughout the DFW theatrical community. The winners are determined not by stuffy committees but by the subscribers to Garcia's biweekly blog, The Column. With some 8,000 subscribers eligible, this makes it a true "people's choice." And boy, do these people vote. In droves. This awards show is more party than pomp, however, and this year's seventh annual gala managed to present 56 awards and eight splashy musical production numbers in a mere two hours. How? A fast pace and no acceptance speeches. This year's show offered the additional allure of a real celebrity in the person of Broadway and film star Anthony Rapp (star of the stage and film versions of Rent). Gala No. 8 will be held in February or March. Applause to The Column Theatre Awards Gala, too, for donating all the money raised from ticket sales to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.