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2019 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

In the past week, performances by Marcia Saunders (“The Children”), Janis Dardaris (“The Children”), Dana Delany (“Goodnight Nobody”), Ellen McLaughlin (“Midwives”), and Alicia Roper (“A Woman of No Importance”) were so finely etched and individually moving, I would be content if these actresses were the nominees for a 2020 awards that has 11 more months to create candidates.

 

You see the dilemma in granting awards. By December, five lovely turns have turned to 90, each with its bit of wit or touch of brilliant that catapults it to the top of a list that contains many special, inspired, and memorable portrayals. Heck, already I could replace one of the names above for Danielle Lenée of “My General Tubman,” and who could object?

 

Awards have been part of the entertainment industry for ages. The first Oscars were distributed in 1929, the first Tonys in 1947. People enjoy making lists, comparing, and deciding on a “best.” It’s a subjective process. Just look at the 2019 Academy Awards. Renée Zellweger in “Judy” and Charlize Theron for “Bombshell” are both deserving of honor. Only one can have it, unless, as in 1968, there’s a tie for Best Actress.

 

One viewer can think differently from another, but I find it fun and edifying to recall an entire year or season by going over programs, grabbed randomly, and ranking shows and performances to see, for myself, who and what I thought were the best of the lot.

 

The Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award derives from that pastime, making lists, checking them twice, and giving praise to the particularly nice. I’ve been seeing theater since 1967 and have kept diaries that led to the rankings that led to an award.

 

I keep two diaries. One is solely for local shows that appear between New Brunswick, N.J. and Wilmington, Delaware, sometimes to Rehoboth Beach. This started as an annual diary and remains so, beginning with the first show seen in January and ending with the last seen in December of a given calendar year. This diary decides the Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards. The second diary is kept by season, starting in April or May with the first show I see, usually a summer stock or festival production, that is not part of an already-begun season, and ending the following July after attending all the shows within a defined season. This diary includes everything I see, so shows outside of the Philadelphia area, such as those on Broadway, and elsewhere throughout the world are listed and compete for another award I’ve named after my parents — Really, my fatuousness has no bounds. — the Helen and Morris Zoren Awards for World Theater. Many a nominee has come from London or Canada, and I was happy once to list an actor from a production of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” by the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

 

Theater is more than a love. Anyone who knows me well knows how much pleasure and excitement I derive from my playgoing adventures. The Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards are a way of showing appreciation and saying “thank you” to many who have made the wiling of my time so wonderful.

 

This year’s awards are dedicated to a seven-time nominee and three-time recipient of the Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award, the gifted actress, singer, musician, and human being , Ann Crumb.

 

Ann was cited for her work in “Souvenir,” “Master Class,” and “Sunset Boulevard,” all at the Media Theatre, where she and director Jesse Cline combined to create the special.

 

Ann’s voice was her main asset. And I don’t mean only in terms of singing. Her voice was an instrument of rich expression. It had colors other performers could only dream of creating. Ann illuminated lyrics and dialogue. She found the right note, the right key in everything a character she portrayed, even a character whose dementia prevented her from articulating, such as Emily Stilson in the musical adaptation of Arthur Kopit’s “Wings,” also done at the Media.

 

Ann’s compassion for and dedication to animals was well known. She gave time and her earnings to rescuing and caring for unwanted or discarded pets. I saw her humanity in a different way that touches me to this day. My father had severe dementia in his waning days. Because he was happiest living in his own home, I made sure he could stay there. Because he couldn’t be left alone, and enjoyed getting out some, I would take him with me to interviews and stories as well as to shows. I was interviewing Ann, and my father decided to join in the conversation. She listened to him intently, looked empathetically at me, and spoke to what he said even though it amounted to garble. Throughout the session, she allowed for my Dad to have a presence. She, Jesse Cline, and I could accomplish what we needed as professionals while making an impaired guest feel welcome and included.

 

There is no people like show people.

 

The deep Ann Crumb, the Ann I got to know via several interviews and personal conversationsconversations, was as remarkable as the woman who mesmerized from the stage. I mourn her loss, not only for the performances that will never be, but because the world lost one of its truly special, unique really, that October day when her years-long battle against cancer ended.

 

The recipients of the 2019 PHILADELPHIA THEATER CRITIC’S AWARD ARE:

 

BEST PRODUCTION: MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN by David Catlin after Mary Shelley, Lookingglass Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

 

BEST ACTOR: WALTER BRIGGS, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton

 

BEST ACTRESS: CORDELIA DEWDNEY, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton

 

BEST SUPPPORTING ACTOR: ALLEN LEWIS RICKMAN, The Sunshine Boys, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ZUHAIRAH, Dot, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa., and Gem of the Ocean, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia, Pa.

 

BEST DIRECTOR: DAVID CATLIN, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton

 

 

In addition to naming the recipients, I list the Top 40 contenders in each category

 

 

BEST PRODUCTION

 

1 MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN by David Catlin after Mary Shelley, Lookingglass Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
2. NIXON IN CHINA by John Adams and Alice Goodman, Princeton Festival, Princeton, N.J.
3. HAMILTON by Lin-Manuel Moreno, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
4. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Simon Stephens after Mark Haddon, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
5. ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
6. RAGTIME by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
7. GATZ by Elevator Repair Service after F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elevator Repair Service at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
8. SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
9. COME FROM AWAY by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
10. AWAKE AND SING by Clifford Odets, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
11. A NUMBER by Caryl Churchill, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
12. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears after William Shakespeare, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
13. NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN by Christina Ham, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
14. L. FRANK BAUM’S THE WIZARD OF OZ by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg adapted by John Kane after L. Frank Baum, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
15. OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
16. THE GREAT LEAP by Lauren Yee, Inter-Act Theatre, Philadelphia
17. KING LEAR by William Shakespeare, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
18. PAUL ROBESON by Phillip Hayes Dean, Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
19. THE NICETIES by Eleanor Burgess, McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
20. THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY by Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia
21. SKYLIGHT by David Hare, McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, N.J.
22. DOT by Colman Domingo, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
23. SUNSET BABY by Dominique Morisseau, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia
24. MAMMA MIA by Catherine Johnson, Bennie Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
25. TOPDOG/UNDERDOG by Suzan-Lori Parks, Princeton Summer Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
26. BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION by Christopher Durang, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia
27. COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA by William Inge, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia
28. NEXT TO NORMAL by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
29. EUREKA DAY by Jonathan Spector, Inter-Act Theatre, Philadelphia
30. THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL by Kyle Jarrow, Tina Landau, and Others, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
31. DENIS & KATYA by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
32. SOUVENIR by Stephen Temperley, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
33. THERE by Rosa Barba and Blanka Zizka after Etel Adnan, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
34. LEGALLY BLONDE by Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin, and Heather Hach, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
35. CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, Quantum Theatre Group, Philadelphia
36. THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS by Don Montrey and Others, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
37. FALSETTOS by William Finn and James Lapine, 11th Hour Theatre, Philadelphia
38. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
39. HERMAN MELVILLE’S MOBY DICK by Kittson O’Neill after Herman Melville, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
40. THE OUTGOING TIDE by Bruce Graham, Montgomery Theatre, Souderton, Pa.

 

BEST ACTOR

 

1. WALTER BRIGGS, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
2. Austin Nedrow, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
3. Matteo Scammell, Romeo and Juliet, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
4. Nathan Darrow, A Number, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
5. Sean Anderson, Nixon in China, Princeton Festival, Princeton, N.J.
6. Nathaniel Stampley, Paul Robeson, Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
7. Tom Teti, The Outgoing Tide, Montgomery Theatre, Souderton, Pa.
8. Scott Shepherd, Gatz, Elevator Service Repair at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
9. Lorenzo Pugliese, The Spongebob Musical, National Tour, Forrest Theatre
10. Theo Hoffman, Denis & Katya, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
11. Gregg Goodbrod, The Bridges of Madison County, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia
12. Robert Jason Jackson, King Lear, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
13. Robert Smythe, Herman Melville’s Mobdy Dick, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
14. Edred Utomi, Hamilton, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
15. Anthony Lawton, The Christians, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
16. Steven Rishard, The Few, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, Pa.
17. Tim Mead, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
18. Nathaniel J. Ryan, Topdog/Underdog, Princeton Summer Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
19. Trevor Raeburn, Topdog/Underdog, Princeton Summer Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
20. Bobby Conte Thornton, The Last Days of Summer, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.
21. Steven Wright, Sunset Baby, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia
22. John Dossett, A Number, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa. and A Small Fire, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia
23. Joseph Keckler, Let Me Die, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
24. Josh Tower, Hamilton, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
25. Joseph Drouet, Le Marteau et La Faucille, French Theatre Festival, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton, N.J.
26. Adam Altman, Tartuffe, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
27. Jack Hoffman, Kalamazoo, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
28. Scott Miller, The Last Match, Lantern Theater, Philadelphia
29. Sean Close, This is the Week That Is, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia, and One Man, Two Guv;nors, Quintessence Theater Group, Philadelphia
30. Kevin DeJesus-Jones, Constellations, Quantum Theatre Group, Philadelphia
31. Jonathan Johnson, The Love for Three Oranges, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
32. Daniel Miller, The Tinker’s Wedding, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
33. Alek Shrader, Semele, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
34. Tim Moyer, Heartland, Inter-Act Theatre, Philadelphia’
35. Brian Anthony Wilson, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
36. Jesse Corbin, Saturday Night Fever, Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
37. Nichalas Parker, Shrek: The Musical, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
38. Danny Vaccaro, Next to Normal, Bristol Riverside Theatrem Bristol, Pa.
39. Gerald Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Byers Choice, Chalfont, Pa.
40. Anthony Diaz, Yerma, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Philadelphia and Teatro Del Sol, Philadelphia

 

BEST ACTRESS

 

1. CORDELIA DEWDNEY, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
2. Sabrina Profitt, Awake and Sing, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
3. Natalie Carter, Dot, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
4. Sarah Gliko, The Bridges of Madison County, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia
5. Mahira Kakkar, Skylight, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
6. Mary McDonnell, Gloria: A Life, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
7. Tina Brock, Come Back Little Sheba, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia
8. Janis Stevens, Kate: The Unexamined Life, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
9. Alison Ormsby, Boycott Esther, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia
10. Kim Carson, Ragtime, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
11. Marcia Saunders, The Outgoing Tide, Montgomery Theatre, Souderton, Pa.
12. Regina Marie Williams, Nina Simone: Four Women, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
13. Lisa Banes, The Niceties, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
14. Victoria Aaliyah Goins, Sunset Baby, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia
15. Nikkole Salter, Mud Row, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
16. Carla Belver, Kalamazoo, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
17. April Woodall, Souvenir, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
18. Kirsten Quinn, Woman and Scarecrow, Irish Heritage Theatre, Philadelphia
19. Stefanie Powers, One November Yankee, Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del.
20. Renee Taylor, My Life on a Diet, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.
21. Julia Udine, Shrek: The Musical, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
22. Hayley Podschun, Crazy For You, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
23. Mackenzie Lesser-Roy, Once, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
24. Leigha Kato, L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
25. Donna Vivino, Next to Normal, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
26. Sarah Stryker, Orlando, Villanova Theatre, Villanova, Pa.
27. Michelle Dawson, Mamma Mia, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
28. E. Ashley Izard, Riders to the Sea, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
29. Jessica DalCanton, The Three Sisters, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
30. Renika Williams, Mud Row, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
31. Kristin Divine, Constellations, Quantum Theatre Group, Philadelphia
32. Jennifer Childs, The God Project, Roommates, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
33. Jordan Boatman, The Niceties, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
34. Siena Licht Miller, Denis & Katya, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
35. Mary Tuomanen, An Iliad, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
36. Amanda Forsythe, Semele, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
37. Shay Vawn, The Gods of Comedy, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
38. Grace Gonglewski, Roommates, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
39. Maria Peyremaure, Morir Sonyando, Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J.
40. Bi Jean Ngo, Among the Dead, Theatre Exile, Philadelphia

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

1. ALLEN LEWIS RICKMAN, The Sunshine Boys, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
2. Keith D. Gallagher, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
3. Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Romeo and Juliet, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
4. Luke Bradt, Young Frankenstein, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
5. Lawrence Pressman, Awake and Sing, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
6. Paul Oakley Stovall, Hamilton, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
7. Miltos Yerolemou, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
8. Joseph Langham, The Playboy of the Western World, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
9. Bryson Bruce, Hamilton, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
10. Eric Carter, Sunset Baby, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia
11. Dan Olmstead, Young Frankenstein, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
12. Ben Dibble, Shrek: The Musical, The Comedy of Tenors, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
13. Adam Hoyak, Shrek: The Musical, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
14. Eric Huffman, Mean Girls, National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
15. Debo Balogun, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
16. Andrew Betz, L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
17. Justin Jain, The Great Leap, Inter-Act Theatre, Philadelphia; Romeo and Juliet, There, and Dance Nation, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia; and This is the Week That Is, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
18. Bowman Wright, Gem of the Ocean, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia and Sweat, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
19. D.J. Gleason, King Lear, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
20. Eric Robinson, Jr., Mud Row, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
21. Akeem Davis, The Christians, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.; Gem of the Ocean, Tiny Beautiful Things, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia; and Sweat, People’s Light & Theater Company, Malvern, Pa.
22. Scott Greer, A Comedy of Tenors, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; The Great Leap, Inter-Act Theatre, Philadelphia; Next to Normal, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.; and Ragtime, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
23. Sean Close, This is the Week That Is, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
24. Liam Craig, Antony and Cleopatra, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
25. Jered McLenigan, Measure for Measure, Lantern Theater, Philadelphia; One Man, Two Guv’nors and L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
26. J Hernandez, King Lear, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
27. John Rubinstein, The Torch Bearers, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
28. Leonard C. Haas, Eureka Day, Inter-Act Theatre, Philadelphia
29. Yousof Sultani, Heartland, Inter-Act Theatre, Philadelphia
30. Michael Toner, The Night Alive, Inis Nua Theatre, Philadelphia
31. Will Burton, The Last Days of Summer, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.
32. Dana Orange, Shrek: The Musical, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
33. Floyd King, In the Shadow of the Glen, The Tinker’s Wedding, The Playboy of the Western World, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
34. Adam Altman, Tartuffe, Private Lives, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, The Three Sisters, and Dracula, The Bloody Truth, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
35. Don Stephenson, The Last Days of Summer, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.
36. Nathan Foley, The Sea Voyage, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Philadelphia
37. Pax Resler, This is the Week That Is, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
38. Keith Conallen, Dance Nation, There, and Romeo and Juliet, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
39. Armando Gutierrez, Little Red Robin Hood: A Panto, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
40. Bjorn DuPaty, Mud Row, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

1. ZUHAIRAH, Dot, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa. and Gem of the Ocean, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
2. Miche Braden, Nina Simone: Four Women, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
3. E. Ashley Izard, L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, King Lear, The Tinker’s Wedding, and The Playboy of the Western World, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
4. Daniela Mack, Semele, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
5. Karen Peakes, The Comedy of Tenors and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
6. Hannah Cruz, Hamilton, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
7. Monica Steuer, Sweat, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
8. Georgia Jarman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
9. Denyce Graves, Candide, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia
10. Susan McKey, The Christians, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa. and Little Red Robin Hood: A Panto, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
11. Lisa Strum, Sweat, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
12. Stephanie Umoh, Hamilton, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
13. Teresa Castillo, Nixon in China, Princeton   Festival, Princeton, N.J.
14. Siena Licht Miller, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
15. Catharine K. Slusar, Eureka Day, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia
16. Amanda Schoonover, An Oak Tree, Theatre Exile, and Betty’s Summer Vacation, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia
17. Kathleen Borrelli, Bonnie and Clyde, 11th Hour Theatre, Philadelphia
18. Rainelle Krause, Nixon in China, Princeton Festival, Princeton, N.J.
19. Bi Jean Ngo, The Great Leap and Eureka Day, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia
20. Jenna Pinchbeck, Falsettos, 11th Hour Theatre, Philadelphia
21. Laura Giknis, Next to Normal and Reveille, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa. and Civil War Voices, Walnut Street Theatre
22. Rebecca Robbins, Legally Blonde, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
23. Marika Aubrey, Come From Away, National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
24. Gillian Glasco, Mud Row, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
25. Danielle Lenée, Gem of the Ocean, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
26. Alanna J. Smith, Young Frankenstein, The Gifts of the Magi, and a Comedy of Tenors, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
27. Suli Holum, Dance Nation and Romeo and Juliet, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
28. Terran Scott, Minors, Lantern Theater, Philadelphia, and Ragtime, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
29. Yajaira Paredes, La Gringa and Good Cuban Girls, Teatro del Sol, Philadelphia; The Sea Voyage, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Philadelphia; and Yerma, Teatro Del Sol and Philadelphia Artists Collective, Philadelphia
30. Alexandra Espinosa, Boycott Esther, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia and Eureka Day, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia
31. Brett Ashley Robinson, This is the Week That Is, 1812 Productions; Dance Nation and There, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
32. Susan Wefel, The Three Sisters, The Game of Love and Chance, and Tartuffe, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
33. Sharone Sayegh, Come From Away, National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
34. Mierke Gierten, Gloria: A Life, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
35. Jessica DalCanton, Private Lives, The Three Musketeers, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
36. Eleanor Handley, Antony and Cleopatra, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa. and On Golden Pond, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
37. Amanda Raquel Martinez, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
38. Campbell O’Hare, Dance Nation, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia and How a Boy Falls, PlayPenn, Philadelphia
39. Tina Brock, Betty’s Summer Vacation and Dream Girl, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia, and Woman and Scarecrow, Irish Heritage Theatre, Philadelphia.
40. Nazli Sarpkaya, Heartland, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 

1. DAVID CATLIN, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Lookingglass Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
2. Steven LaCosse, Nixon in China, Princeton Festival, Princeton, N.J.
3. Thomas Kail, Hamilton, National Tour, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
4. Blanka Zizka, Romeo and Juliet and There, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
5. John Collins, Gatz, Elevator Repair Service at McCarter Theatre, Princeton
6. Eliza Baldi, A Number, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
7. Terrence J. Nolen, Ragtime, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
8. Max Shulman, Awake and Sing, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
9. Elena Araoz, Sweat, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
10. Emmanuelle Bastet after Robert Carsen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
11. Hayley Finn, Nina Simone: Four Women, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
12. Bill Van Horn, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Civil War Voices, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
13. Marshall Jones, III, Paul Robeson, Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
14. Kittson O’Neill, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.
15. Lee Cortopassi, L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
16. Amina Robinson, Sunset Baby, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia; Dauphin Island, Passage Theatre, Trenton, N.J.; and 74 Seconds…To Judgment, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
17. Tina Brock, Come Back Little Sheba, Betty’s Summer Vacation, and Dream Girl, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia
18. Matt Pfeiffer, The Christians, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, Pa.
19. Alexander Burns, King Lear, Synge Triptych, The Playboy of the Western World, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia
20. Seth Rozin, The Great Leap and Eureka Day, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia
21. John Tartaglia, Mamma Mia, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pa.
22. Emily Mann, Skylight and Gloria: A Life, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
23. Christopher Ashley, Come From Away, National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
24. Colman Domingo, Dot, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.
25. Kimberly Senior, The Niceties, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
26. Charles Abbott, Young Frankenstein, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
27. Ted Huffman, Denis & Katya, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia
28. Lori Elizabeth Parquet, Topdog/Underdog, Princeton Summer Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
29. Tom Quinn, The Outgoing Tide, Montgomery Theatre, Souderton, Pa.
30. Pete Sander, Kate: An Unexamined Life, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelpho
31. Adam Maggio, Constellations, Quantum Theatre Group, Philadelphia
32. Jennie Eisenhower, Falsettos, 11th Hour Theatre, Philadelphia
33. Tony Braithwaite, Souvenir, Act II Playhouse, Ambler, Pa.
34. Harriet Power, The Three Sisters, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa. and Roommates, 1812 Productions, Philadelphia
35. Jesse Cline, Matilda, Media Theatre, Media, Pa.
36. Richard Stafford, Legally Blonde, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
37. Margot Bordelon, Dance Nation, Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia
38. James Ijames, Orlando, Villanova Theatre, Villanova, Pa. and Gem of the Ocean, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia
39. Mark Martino, The Bridges of Madison County, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia
40. Maura Krause, Boycott Esther, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia and Tiny Beautiful Things, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia

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