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2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

georgia-mcbride-coverAward time, and the choosing ain’t easy.

Philadelphia actors have become world-class, and excellent, detailed, assured, individualized performances have become the rule. Some performers stun by expanding what looks like a solid technique and role range. Others have breakthroughs of the kind Emilie Krause did in “Funnyman” and Rachel Brodeur did in “Dublin by Lamplight.”

Whether new facets are seen or not, quality is the rule, and that goes for the general level of productions as well. Of the 176 productions seen, more than two thirds could be watched again with pleasure. Nothing appeared this year that embarrassed or made one wonder where a producer’s head was.

Ranking is always a perilous business. How does one distinguish one nuanced performance or production from another? The results are certainly subjective. They are also much-considered as the final five in each category is determined and selected. To give wider perspective, a list of the “Top 40” will accompany the imminent announcement of the recipients.

The nominees for the 2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards are:

 

BEST PRODUCTION

 

COLD MOUNTAIN, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

DISGRACED, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

AN ILIAD, Lantern Theater, Philadelphia

THE PIANO LESSON, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

RICHARD III, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 

LEONARD FOGLIA, Cold Mountain, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

M. CRAIG GETTING, An Iliad, Lantern Theater, Philadelphia

ADAM IMMERWAHR, The Mousetrap, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

MARCELA LORCA, Disgraced, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

SAMANTHA READING, Richard III, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.

 

BEST ACTOR

 

PETER DeLAURIER, An Iliad, Lantern Theater, Philadelphia

MABOUD EBRAHIMZADEH, Disgraced, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J. and An Invisible Hand, Theater Exile, Philadelphia

JAMES IJAMES, An Octoroon, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia

JARRETT OTT, Cold Mountain, Opera Philadelphia

MATTEO SCAMMELL, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia

 

BEST ACTRESS

 

CARLA BELVER, Driving Miss Daisy, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.

JANIS DARDARIS, Mother Courage and Her Children, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia

KIERA DUFFY, Breaking the Waves, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

KITTSON O’NEILL, Grounded, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia and Or, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.

PATRICIA RICHARDSON, Steel Magnolias, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

JAKE BLOUCH, See What I Wanna See, 11th Hour, Philadelphia, and Mauritius, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.

LUKE BRAHDT, 1776, Media Theatre, Media, Pa.

JOHN EARL JELKS, The Piano Lesson, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

ANTHONY LAWTON, The Carols, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia

CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN, Richard III, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

LORI TAN CHINN, South Pacific, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

JOYCE EL-KHOURY, Turandot, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

EVE GIGLIOTTI, Breaking the Waves, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

CAMPBELL O’HARE, An Octoroon, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, and Mauritius, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.

SUSAN SULLIVAN, Steel Magnolias, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.

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