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Nominees — 2014 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards

Herringbone -- coverChoosing nominees from the marvelous array of performances is exhilarating, heartbreaking, and downright difficult.

Performance was so good that I would be able to recommend more than 100 of the 179 shows seen and ranked. Acting, my favorite, the element that draws me to the theater even more than storytelling, was varied and at a general level that can accurately be described as superb. The Philadelphia theater community, which I extend by ranging from New Brunswick to Rehoboth, can stand proudly against any in the world, including the regional theaters in New York and fringe troupes in London.

Earlier this week, I published a list of actors, directors, and productions who were considered for nomination. My reason was to show the number of truly gifted people who entertain us with such distinction on a regular basis. As I said in presenting the qualifiers, theater will live in one form or another as long as people have stories to tell and the urge to present them dramatically. That will be forever.

Learning the recipients of this year’s Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards will not take forever. Following this announcement of nominees, five in each of six categories, will come news of the 2014 recipients for the Philly Award, given every year since 1969, when I was literally a pup but already theater mad (and thinking more about acting than writing; there are only so many times you can put on your Sunday clothes and play Barnaby Tucker!!!). With the presentation of recipients will be a list of the Top 25 candidates in each category.

Congratulations to all nominees.

The nominees for the 2014 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award are:




FENCES — People’s Light and Theatre Company

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO — McCarter Theatre Company

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA — National Tour, Academy of Music

THE PILLOWMAN — Luna Theater

THE RAPE OF LUCRECE — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective




KEITH CONALLEN — Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq, Wilma Theater

BEN DIBBLE — Herringbone, Flashpoint Theatre

MICHAEL GENET — Fences, People’s Light and Theatre Company

ADAM GREEN — The Figaro Plays, McCarter Theatre Company

DAN HODGE — The Rape of Lucrece, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective




ANN CRUMB — Sunset Boulevard, Media Theatre

ELLIE MOONEY — The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Walnut Independence  Series

TINA PACKER — Women of Will, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

FREDERICA von STADE — A Coffin in Egypt, Opera Philadelphia

SUSAN WILDER — Other Desert Cities, Walnut Street Theatre




KELLY BRIGGS — Les Misérables, Media Theatre

JAMES-PATRICK DAVIS — As You Like It, Quintessence Theatre Group

MARK JACOBY — How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Walnut Street Theatre

JERED McLENIGAN— Julius Caesar, Lantern Theater

DEREK SMITH, The Barber of Seville, McCarter Theatre Company




KARINA ARROYAVE — Water By The Spoonful, Arden Theatre

TRICE BALDWIN — Dancing at Lughnasa, Curio Theatre

DEIRDRE MADIGAN — Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Bucks County Playhouse

MARCIA SAUNDERS — Pride and Prejudice, People’s Light; Cherokee, Wilma; Incorruptible. Arden

JENNIFER SUMMERFIELD — Dancing at Lughnasa, Curio; Hamlet, Hedgerow Theatre




SAMANTHA BELLOMO — Pride and Prejudice, People’s Light and Theatre Company

GAY CARDUCCI — Dancing at Lughnasa, Curio Theatre

LAURENCE CONNOR — The Phantom of the Opera, National Tour, Academy of Music

KAMILAH FORBES — Fences, People’s Light and Theatre Company

STEPHEN WADSWORTH — The Figaro Plays, McCarter Theatre Company



Recipients, the Top 25, and special honors will be posted on Thursday, January 8.

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