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2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Nominees

2018 was chocked with good productions and fine performances.

Choosing nominees, let alone recipients, required a battery of combinations and permutations until the lists were set.

Here, in each of six categories, are the five productions, performers, and directors nominated for the 2018 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award.




FUN HOME by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori (after Alison Bechdel), Arden Theatre, Philadelphia

MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN by Alexander Burns (after Mary Shelley), Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia

NEXT TO NORMAL by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, Media Theatre, Media, Pa.

PASSING STRANGE by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE by Lee Hall (after Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman), Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.




TEA ALAGIC, Passing Strange, Wilma Theater

ALEXANDER BURNS, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Oliver, Julius Caesar, Quintessence Theatre Group

GEOFFREY GOLDBERG, Next to Normal, Newsies, Media Theater

PATRICK MULCAHY, Shakespeare in Love, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

TERRENCE J. NOLEN, Fun Home, A Doll’s House, Every Brilliant Thing, Arden Theater




WALLACE ACTON, Oliver, Quintessance Theatre Group

JAKE BLOUCH, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Quintessance Theater Group

BEN DIBBLE, Fun Home, Arden Theatre, Next to Normal, Media Theatre, Holiday Inn, Walnut Street Theatre

DANNY RUTIGLIANO, The Producers, Bristol Riverside Theatre

JAMAR WILLIAMS, Passing Strange, Wilma Theater




JENNIFER CHILDS, I Will Not Go Gently, People’s Light & Theatre Company

MELANYE FINISTER, Skeleton Crew, People’s Light & Theatre Company

KRISSY FRAELICH, Next to Normal, Media Theatre

ELEANOR HANDLEY, Time Stands Still, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Twelfth Night, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

KATHARINE POWELL, A Doll’s House, Arden Theatre




KRIS COLEMAN, Passing Strange, Wilma Theater

AKEEM DAVIS, A Doll’s House, Arden Theatre

JOSH GRISETTI, Something Rotten, National Tour, Academy of Music

J HERNANDEZ, Sweat, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Tempest, Lantern Theater, Waiting for Godot, Quintessence Theatre Group

GREG WOOD, Twelfth Night, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Humans, Walnut Street Theatre, Noises Off, Walnut Street Theatre




SIERRA BOGGESS, The Age of Innocence, McCarter Theatre

IZZY CASTALDI, Fun Home, Arden Theatre

LAURA GIKNIS, Time Stands Still, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Mamma Mia, Walnut Street Theatre, Matilda, Walnut Street Theatre

REBECCA ROBBINS, The Triumph of Love, Bristol Riverside Theatre

JO TWISS, Shakespeare in Love, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Richard II, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Producers, Bristol Riverside Theatre




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