All Things Entertaining and Cultural
I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima maxima culpa.
And other bosh like that.
Life sometimes encroaches, and mine needed some attention last year. One of the main sacrifices was record-keeping. I, who maintain a diary of every show I’ve seen since 1967, and a molly-bolted wall full of programs to match entries in the diary, had too little time to indulge my anal obsession to record everything about a production for…well, for me to muse over some time…certainly not for posterity. Anyone who knows me knows I think only in present tense. Which is why I had to pay attention to life. My past wasn’t being very nice to my future.
Much has been fixed, including a broken tooth — beautiful job, Dr. Conover — and diaries have finally been patched. Thanks for that to the unknowing Toby Zinman and Deb Miller whose reviews of 2017 Philly fare I occasionally summoned to recall a name or a plot line. Yes, even some of the programs are misplaced. They are somewhere in my dining room, I’m sure. They’ll appear in the next couple of weeks when I do my annual marathon of filing. But in lieu of housekeeping, Toby and Deb proved invaluable. As they usually do.
OK, enough jabber.
I am foregoing a list of qualifier because, without programs, I fear someone who deserves inclusion might be left out.
A crazy schedule lowered the number of productions from the usual 200 to 111, seen between New Brunswick, N.J. and Wilmington, Del. in 2017. I know. I’ve announced the recipients in a previous post and on radio. Even so, since I now have some leisure for anal obsession, ritual will be preserved.
Here, then are the nominees for the 2017 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award. As usual, recipient and top placers will be published within the next few days.
HAMLET by William Shakespeare, Bedlam Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
HOW TO USE A KNIFE by Will Snider, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill after Ray Bradbury, Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del.
WHITE GUY ON THE BUS by Bruce Graham, Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del.
AKEEM DAVIS — Marcus/Emma, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia; Buzzer, Theatre Exile, Philadelphia; and Shitheads, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia
PATRICK H. DUNN — Jesus Christ Superstar, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
SCOTT GREER — How to Use a Knife, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia and Happy Birthday, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
JOHN JARBOE — Cabaret, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
ROB RIDDLE — Something Wicked This Way Comes, Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington
E. ASHLEY IZARD — Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
LESLI MARGHERITA — Guys and Dolls, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
KIRSTEN QUINN — By the Bog of Cats, Irish Heritage Theatre, Philadelphia and The Roses in June, Plays & Players, Philadelphia
SUSAN RILEY STEVENS — Marcus/Emma, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia; The Gift, Walnut Street Theatre Independence Series, Philadelphia, and Happy Birthday, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
JULIANNA ZINKEL — Ironbound, Simpatico Theatre, Philadelphia
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BOB ARI — Rock and Roll Man, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
JOSEPH GAINES — Elizabeth Cree, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
SCOTT GREER — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
LINDSAY SMILING — How to Use a Knife, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia; Informed Consent, Lantern Theater, Philadelphia
GUS van SWEARINGEN — Simpatico, McCarter Theatre, Princeton
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MIERKA GIERTEN — Simpatico, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
SULI HOLUM — Cabaret, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia; Company, 11th Hour, Philadelphia; and Happy Birthday, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
DANIELLE LENÉE — White Guy on the Bus, Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del.
JENNIFER PERRY — The New World, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
PENELOPE REED — Blithe Spirit, Hedgerow Theatre, Media, Pa.
SUZANNE ANDRADE and BARRIE KOSKY — The Magic Flute, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
KEITH BAKER — Jesus Christ Superstar, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
DADO — Simpatico, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
MAXINE ELLIOTT — The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Tour — Academy of Music, Philadelphia
RACHEL ROCKWELL — Something Wicked This Way Comes, Delaware Theatre Compnany, Wilmington, Del.