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The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Award 2015-2016

intelligent homo -- interiorPeople ask, “How can you see 216 productions in a year?”

The answer is I would see more if time and cash flow allowed. Those two life-enriching commodities rarely arrive together.

I go to the theater for many among myriad reasons why people enjoy the theater.

My first attraction was to actors. In addition to collecting baseball cards, I kept a collection of TV Guide covers. When I was age 3! I can picture one cover with a black and white photo of George Brent, of all people, to this day. Katharine Hepburn enraptured me. I had crushes on Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds. And, to come again “to this day,” I immediately stop any remote control searches the minute I see Ginger Rogers.

The other attraction is story. I could read when I was age 2. People were stunned at my memory. They thought I had memorized the Little Golden Books from which parents and others read to me. Then my aunt gave me something new to read, and I’m told it caused more fear than awe or delight when I read it. My mother told a story of wheeling up Broad Street in my carriage and me reading all of the signs on the Logan store fronts.

A lifelong reader — Julian Barnes, Rachel Cusk, and Jenny Offill are current passions. — stories, and how they’re told, continue to resonate. I prefer the traditional to the experimental, the real to the fanciful, and keen intelligent observation to guessing and interpolating, the honest to the sophistic or political. That is true in the theater as well as in literature. (I only consider scripts literature if they are on a typed page. They require another dimension, the intensity I have established as a critical standard, when they hit the stage.)

So depth and the completeness and integrity with which a story is told figures into what I’ll admire or disdain in a production. Creativity and assurance are welcome, but I am not a fan of juvenile folderol, and I want ideas dramatized, not narrated or baldly presented, the last being a disturbing malaise in this second decade of the 21st century. Especially among writers who came to age in this century.

Mainly, I like sharp minds. Not that I encounter one all 216 times I venture. I think being in the presence of a different sensibility with different perceptions every night. It amazes me that Shakespeare, after 400 years, fills bills contemporaries can’t come near. This year, Stephen Karam filled voids in contemporary playwriting that Rachel Bonds filled last year, and Richard Greenberg among playwrights not named Stoppard, tends to satisfy most consistently among the modern pack. And savvy entertainment is as good as enlightenment or a moral any day of the week. Probably better.

I love the theater. I can’t say I never come late — I have a bad habit of arriving in alphabetical order. — but I love the theater. Even in works I cannot praise to the hilt, such as R. Eric Thomas’s “Time Is On Our Side,” I see promise and potential, just as I took pleasure in watching Jennifer Haley’s “The Nether,” although I thought it was more labored than smart or insightful.

I started the Zoren Award in 1969, when I was a teen, as a joke and from an innate tendency to judge and classify (although enjoyment and entertainment supersede criticism and analysis; I am not an English teacher and often eschew pedantic methods of studying a text). I like awards. I always have. Pick a year, any year, and I will tell every Oscar nominee in the acting categories. Pick a year, and I’ll tell your which eight — or nine; there have been ties — were given that season’s Tony award. Ranking is natural. Theater production is not a cut-and-dried form of competition, such as baseball, in which scores are kept and the greatest number of wins per season is easily measured. The lists on this page are subjective. A la “The Merchant of Venice’s” Portia, twenty people could make twenty such lists, and they would vary. I tell people my purpose in writing about theater is to be a voice in the dialogue. Consider my annual awards my version of an aria. And be grateful it’s in print instead of sung!

 

And now, without much more net-defying stream of consciousness, here are the recipients of the 2015-2016 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards. Qualifiers come from a general diary kept according to the theater season and can be from any theater of any stature in the world. (This year, the world is rather limited in geography from Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario to Arlington, Virginia.) I keep another diary, based because of its origin on the calendar year, for shows seen in the Philadelphia area. This diary leads to the Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award — Note the place of the apostrophe (and the spelling of “theater”). — which is announced in early July and has 132 productions qualifying so far.

 

THE RECIPIENTS

 

BEST PRODUCTION

THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller, Broadway Production, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

IVO van HOVE, The Crucible, Broadway Production, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.

 

BEST ACTOR

BEN WHISHAW, The Crucible, Broadway Production, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.

 

BEST ACTRESS

JESSICA LANGE, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Broadway Production, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

MICHAEL SHANNON, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Broadway Production, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

MARIEKE HEEBINK, After the Rehearsal, Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

 

More than 100 productions, directors, or performers qualified in each category, more than 300 in the Best Supporting Actor diary, and more than 250 among Best Supporting Actresses. Here are the Top 40, qualifiers in each category (41 in the category in which I goofed up the count). They are ranked constantly as a season or year proceeds and examined again before publication.

 

 

crucible == coverBEST PRODUCTION

 

1. THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y
2. Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
3. La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Maria Piave Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
4. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
5. The Humans by Stephen Karam Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
6. A New Brain by William Finn and James Lapine Encores, New York, N.Y.
7. All My Sons by Arthur Miller People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
8. The Piano Lesson by August Wilson McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
9, Richard III by William Shakespeare People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
10. The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
11. An Octoroon by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins (after Dion Boucicault Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, Pa.
12. She Loves Me by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joe Masteroff Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
13. Company by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
14/ Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
15. Pericles by William Shakespeare Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
16. Top Girls by Caryl Churchill Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
17. After the Rehearsal by Ingmar Bergman Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
18, A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
19. Thérèse Raquin by Emile Zola, trans Helen Edmundson Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
20. White Guy on the Bus by Bruce Graham Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J.
21, Funnyman by Bruce Graham Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
22. Stella and Lou by Bruce Graham People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
23. Persona by Ingmar Bergman Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
24. Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams, adapted by Emily Mann and Pierre Laville McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
25. The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsday, and Russell Crouse National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
26. Macbeth by William Shakespeare Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
27. The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Robert Lopez National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
28. Light Up the Sky by Moss Hart Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
29. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
30. Sense and Sensibility by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan after Jane Austen People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
31. Shipwrecked! By Donald Margulies Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Series, Philadelphia, Pa.
32. The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, Pa.
33. Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter and Bella and Samuel Spewack Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.
34. Black Nativity by Langston Hughes Theatre Horizon, Norristown, Pa.
35. The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti and Felice Romani Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
36. Eclipsed by Danai Gurira Broadway, John Golden Theatre, New York, N.Y.
37. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Curio Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
38. The Father by Florian Zeller, trans. Christopher Hampton Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, N.Y.
39. Gypsy by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
40. Equivocation by Bill Cain Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

whishawBEST ACTOR

 

1. BEN WHISHAW The Crucible Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.
2. Gabriel Byrne Long Day’s Journey Into Night Broadway, Roundabout, American Airlines Theatre, New York, N.Y.
3. Frank Langella The Father Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club, Samuel J, Friedman Theatre, New York, N.Y.
4. Patrick McManus Pygmalion Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
5. James Ijames An Octoroon Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, Pa.
6. Dylan McDermott Baby Doll McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
7. Justin Guarini Company Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
8. Christopher Patrick Mullen Pericles Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
9. Michael Genet All My Sons People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
10. Jarrett Ott Cold Mountain Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
11. Jim Mezon The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to Scripture Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
12. Jonathan Groff A New Brain Encores!, New York, N.Y.
13. Matt Ryan Thérèse Raquin Broadway, Roundabout, Studio 54, New York, N.Y.
14. Stephen Tyrone Williams The Piano Lesson McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
15. Robert Hager Kiss of the Spider Woman 11th Hour Productions, Philadelphia, Pa.
16. Christopher Sutton A Christmas Story Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
17. Josh Young Amazing Grace Broadway, Nederlander Theatre, New York, N.Y.
18. Kyle Coffman Sex with Strangers George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J. and Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia, Pa.
19, Ian Merrill Peakes The Invisible Hand Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, Pa.
20. Ezra Knight Playing the Assassin Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del.
21. Carl N. Wallnau Funnyman Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
22. Tom Teti Stella and Lou People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
23. Greg Wood Shipwrecked, White Guy on the Bus, The Nether Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Series, Philadelphia Pa.; Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J., InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
24. Pete Pryor Richard III People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
25. Gijs Scholten von Aschat After the Rehearsal Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
26. Mike Eldred Les Misérables Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
27. Dimitri Pittas The Elixir of Love Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
28. Paul Kuhn Death of a Salesman Curio Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
29, Pej Vahdat Disgraced Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia, Pa.
30. Irungu Mutu The Language Archive Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
31. Brian Flores Pippin National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
32. Garrett Lee Hendricks Playing the Assassin Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del.
33. Billy Bustamante See What I See 11th Hour Productions, Philadelphia, Pa.
34. Brian Lee Huynh A Single Shard People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
35. Charlie DelMarcelle The Taming of the Shrew Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Wilmington, Del.
36. Dan Larson The Book of Mormon National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
37. Keith Baker Mountain Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
38. Brian Anthony Wilson Driving Miss Daisy Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
39. Tom McGovern A Great War Iron Age Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
40. Patrick Galligan The Twelve Pound Look Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

 

lange journeyBEST ACTRESS

 

1. JESSICA LANGE Long Day’s Journey Into Night Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y
2. Lisette Oropesa La Traviata Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
3. Harveen Sandhu Pygmalion Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
4. Tara Rosling Top Girls and You Never Can Tell Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the Lake, Ont.
5. Melanye Finister All My Sons People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
6. Carla Belver Driving Miss Daisy, Auctioning the Ainsleys Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.; People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
7. Amanda Schoonover The “It” Girl Simpatico Theatre Project, Philadelphia, Pa.
8. Moya O’Connell The Twelve Pound Look Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the -Lake, Ontario
9. Laila Robbins The Second Mrs. Wilson George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.
10. Laura Benanti She Loves Me Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
11. Caroline Aaron All the Days McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
12. Abby Mueller Beautiful: The Carole King Musical National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
13. Krissy Fraelich Gypsy Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
14. Jackie Burns If/Then National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
15. Keira Knightley Thérèse Raquin Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
16. Sophie Okonedo The Crucible Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.
17. Annie Dow Song for the Disappeared Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J.
18. Marcia Saunders Stella and Lou People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
19. Jane Ridley Becoming Dr. Ruth, The Foreigner Walnut Street Theatre, Independence on 3, Philadelphia Pa.; Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
20. Jennifer Childs I Will Not Go Gently 1812 Productions, Philadelphia, Pa.
21. Gaite Jansen Persona, After the Rehearsal Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
22. Victoria Mayo Dogfight Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
23. Mary Tuomanen Machinal and Other Work EgoPo Classic Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
24. Jessica Bedford The Mousetrap McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
25. Patti LuPone Show of Days Off-Broadway, Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y.
26.
Leigha Kato Saint Joan Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia, Pa.
27. Felicia Leicht The Taming of the Shrew Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del.
28.
Jenny Lee Stern Always…Patsy Cline Walnut Street Theatre, Independence on 3, Philadelphia, Pa.
29. Kirsten Quinn Juno and the Paycock, Too Much Sun Irish Heritage Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; Isis Productions, Philadelphia, Pa.
30. Anne Connors Billy Elliot Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
31. Christina Nieves Song for the Disappeared Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J.
32. Cassandra Bissell Sense and Sensibility People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
33. Denise Whelan Always…Patsy Cline Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, Philadelphia, Pa.
34. Lyn Philistine A Christmas Story Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
35.
Christine Sherrill Kiss Me Kate Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.
36. Claire Jullien Light Up the Sky Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
37. Isabel Leonard Cold Mountain Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
38.
Rebecca Jane Cureton Eurydice Villanova Theatre, Villanova, Pa.
39. Jennie Eisenhower Kiss Me Kate Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
40. Emily R. Johnson Spine Inis Nua Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

 

michael shannon journeyBEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

1. MICHAEL SHANNON Long Day’s Journey Into Night Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
2. Billy Porter Shuffle Along Broadway, Music Box Theatre, New York, N.Y.
3. Brandon Victor Dixon Shuffle Along Broadway, Music Box Theatre, New York, N.Y.
4. Luke Brahdt 1776, According to Goldman Media Theatre, Media, Pa.; Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
5. Ben Davis The Sound of Music National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
6. Richard Gallagher The Mousetrap McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
7. Bradley Dean A Comedy of Tenors McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
8. Zach Wobensmith Billy Elliot Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
9. Jeremiah James Les Misérables Pennsylvania Shakespeare Theatre, Center Valley, Pa.
10. John Earl Jelks The Piano Lesson McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
11. Christopher Patrick Mullen Richard III People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
12. Reed Birney The Humans Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
13. Brooks Ashmanskas Shuffle Along Broadway, Music Box Theatre, New York, N.Y.
14. Kenny Morris Funnyman Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
15. Kyle Blair Sweet Charity Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
16. Keith Baker The Language Archive Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
17. Robert Joy Baby Doll McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
18. Kingsley Ibeneche Black Nativity Theatre Horizon, Norristown, Pa.
19, Stephen Powell La Traviata Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
20. Jake Blouch See What I Wanna See, Kiss of the Spider Woman, A Great War 11th Hour Productions; Philadelphia, Pa.; Iron Age Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
21.
Liam Tobin Beautiful: The Carole King Musical National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
22. Gabriel Ebert Thérèse Raquin Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
23. Bill Camp The Crucible Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.
24. Dan Hodge Equivocation, Peter and the Starcatcher, Thieves’ Carnival, Henry V Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; Philadelphia Artists Collective, Philadelphia, Pa. Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
25. Sherman Howard The Second Mrs. Wilson George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.
26. David Pegram The Piano Lesson McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
27. Matthew Hydzik If/Then National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
28. Kevin Burdette Cold Mountain, The Elixir of Love Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
29. Gavin Creel She Loves Me Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.

 

30. Bob Stineman 1776 Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
31, Charlie Gallant Light Up the Sky Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
32. Robert Farrugia Man of La Mancha Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
33. Maboud Ebrahimzadeh The Invisible Hand Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

34/ Ian Merrill Peakes Equivocation, Peter and the Starcatcher Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

 

35. Tony Braithwaite Driving Miss Daisy Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
36. Steve Pacek The Secret Garden Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
37. Brad Greer Les Misérables Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
38. Clyde Alves Kiss Me Kate Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.
39. Darian Dauchan Two Trains Running Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
40. Carl Clemons-Hopkins Time Is On Our Side, Richard III Simpatico Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.

 

heebinksBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

1. MARIEKE HEEBINK After the Rehearsal, Persona Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
2. Fiona Reid The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to Scripture Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
3. Zainab Jah Eclipsed Broadway, John Golden Theatre, New York, N,Y,
4. Jane Krakowski She Loves Me Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N,Y,
5. Jane Houdyshell The Humans Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
6. Judith Light Thérèse Raquin Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
7. Saycon Sengbloh Eclipsed Broadway, John Golden Theatre, Nee York, N.Y.
8. Andrea Martin Noises Off Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
9. Ana Gasteyer A New Brain Encores!, New York, N.Y.
10. Susan Riley Stevens White Guy on the Bus, According to Goldman, Pericles Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J.; Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.; Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
11. Jo Twiss The Language Archive, Rumors Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
12. Adrienne Warren Shuffle Along Broadway, Music Box Theatre, New York, N.Y,
13. Campbell O’Hare An Octoroon Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, Pa.
14. Jennifer Blood Matilda National Tour, Academy of Music, New York, N.Y.
15. Pascal Armand Eclipsed Broadway, John Golden Theatre, New York, N.Y.
16. Julia Course Top Girls, You Never Can Tell Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
17. Cassie Beck The Humans Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
18. Miriam A. Hyman The Piano Lesson McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
19. Julie Jesneck The Christians Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, Pa.
20. Marcia Saunders Sense and Sensibility People’s Light & Theatre Company. Malvern, Pa.
21. Mary Tuomanen Local Girls, Andy: A Popera, #The Revolution Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; Opera Philadelphia and Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pa.; InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
22. Aimé Donna Kelly Disgraced, Exit Strategy, Moon Walk Man Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia, Pa.; Oribter 3, Philadelphia, Pa.
23. Emi Branes-Huff The Nether InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
24. Tavi Gevinson The Crucible Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.
25. Kelli Fox The Intelligent Homosexual;s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to Scripture, Light Up the Sky Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
26. Fiona Byrne Top Girls Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
27. Anna Giordano Gypsy Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
28. Elisa Matthews The Secret Garden, Billy Elliot Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; Media Theater, Media, Pa.
29. Delaney Westfall Les Misérables Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
30. Cecilia Hall Cold Mountain Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
31. Akosua Busia Eclipsed Broadway, John Golden Theatre, New York, N.Y.
32. Adrienne Barbeau Pippin National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
33. Audra McDonald Shuffle Along Broadway, Music Box Theatre, New York, N.Y.
34. Frieda Pittoors Persona Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
35. Candace Quarrels The Book of Mormon National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
36. Megan Rucidlo To Kill a Mockingbird Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
37. Nancy Sanderson See What I Wanna See 11th Hour Productions, Philadelphia, Pa,
38. Allison Guinn A Taste of Things to Come Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
39. Leslie Ayvazian All the Days McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
40. Kathy Deitsch The Three Maries No Attytude Productions, Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 

1. IVO van HOVE The Crucible, After the Rehearsal, Persona Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, N.Y.; Toneelsgroep Amsterdam, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
2. Jonathan Kent Long Day’s Journey Into Night Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
3. Paul Curran La Traviata Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
4. Peter Hinton Pygmalion Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
5. Kamilah Forbes All My Sons People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
6. Scott Ellis She Loves Me Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
7. Joe Mantello The Humans Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
8. Stephen Wadsworth A Comedy of Tenors McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N,J.
9.
Samantha Reading Richard III People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
10.
Adam Immerwahr The Mousetrap, The Language Archives McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.; Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
11. Joanna Settle An Octoroon Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, Pa.
12. Matthew Warchus Matilda National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
13. Leonard Foglia Cold Mountain Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
14. James Lapine A New Brain Encores!, New York, N.Y.
15. Casey Nicholaw The Book of Mormon National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
16. Jade King Carroll The Piano Lesson McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
17. Doug Hughes The Father Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, N.Y.
18. Matt Pfeiffer Funnyman, The Invisible Hand Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.; Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, Pa.
19. James J, Christy Driving Miss Daisy, A Great War Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.; Iron Age Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
20. Emily Mann Baby Doll, All the Days McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
22. Hunter Foster Company Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
23. Carmen Khan Macbeth Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
24. Pete Pryor Stella and Lou People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
25. Jesse Bernstein Shipwrecked! Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio, Philadelphia, Pa.
26. Liesl Tommy Eclipsed Broadway, John Golden Theatre, New York, N.Y.
27 Brenna Geffers The “It” Girl Simpatico Theatre Project
28. Jack O”Brien The Sound of Music National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pa.
29. Eda Holmes The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to Scripture Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the Lake, Ont.
30. Vikki Anderson Top Girls Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
31. Michael Unger A Christmas Carol McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
32. Ozzie Jones Black Nativity Theatre Horizon, Norristown, Pa.
33. Michelle Tattenbaum White Guy on the Bus Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J.
34.
Blair Williams Light Up the Sky Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
35. Keith Baker Man of La Mancha, Rumors Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
36. James Ijames Eurydice Villanova Theatre, Villanova, Pa.
37. David Bradley According to Goldman Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
38. Terrence J, Nolen The Secret Garden, Equivocation Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
39 Evan Cabnet Thérèse Raquin Broadway, Roundabout, New York, N.Y.
40. Cast of ‘Pericles’ Pericles Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
40. Seema Sueko A Single Shard People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.

NOTE:  Microsoft, as it often does in its nefarious, intrusive way, sabotaged, and lengthened this year’s Helen and Morris Zoren Awards process. One day, for some unaccountable reason, all names, titles, and information that had accent marks or other keys to pronunciation disappeared. In the process, Danielle Lenée was inadvertently stricken from the Best Actress list for her excellent performance at Trenton’s Passage Theatre in Bruce Graham’s “White Guy on the Bus.” Filling in blanks, I remembered names of shows and Aimé Donna Kelly, Ida Holten Worsøe, and Ciarán Hinds, but never restored Miss Lenée to her more than rightful place.

 

More confounding is the absence of Lakisha May from the Best Supporting Actress ranks for her rivetingly deep performance in the Arden Theatre production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.” The only explanation I can muster is Miss May is the lone female in the “Two Trains” cast, and I may have been distracted from going to “Sheet 6,” the Best Supporting Actress page after listed Darian Dauchan, U.R. E. Roger Mitchell, Johnnie Hobbs, Jr., and the amazing men who were part Raelle Myrick-Hodges’s splendid cast.

 

Sincere apologies to Miss Lenée and Miss May for these oversights. Recognition is their due. Better late in an unusual form than never, here recognition is!

 

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