serendipidy, thanks for the nice comments. I'm really happy with this shot, too. I've gotten a lot of comments about the back being too dark, but personally I like the contrast and drama it adds to an otherwise simple shot. As Gregory Heisler says in his new 50 Portraits book, "One of the keys to lighting isn't what you light but what you don't light".
The contrast is like a spotlight on a stage performer.