All Things Entertaining and Cultural
Because of COVID, I saw only 22 plays in the Philadelphia area in 2021.
Usually, I present what I call “The Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award” — Notice the placement of the apostrophe — in late January or February each year. 2022 has been, for me, like a year of Mercury retrograde; no system, however old or reliable seems to work. The platform on which NealsPaper appears has been uncomprehendingly dilatory about a situation that merely involves changing the e-mail with which I built my website in 2013 to a new e-address.
Eureka!! The glitch has been resolved.
I originally posted the nominees for the 2021 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Award on Facebook. Alas, few noticed. Now that I’m back up and running, the nominee that would have been revealed in January are being presented here and now.
I’m just in one of those moods, buoyed by seeing by now 72 productions since September and several wonderful concerts. (Sally Mayes and Andrew Polec — your return to live performance regenerated my being!!!)
Here are the nominees:
THE CHINESE LADY, InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia
HAMILTON, National Tour, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
THE LITTLE MERMAID, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
MINOR CHARACTER, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
WHEN DAY COMES, Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.
GLENN CASALE, The Little Mermaid
JUSTIN JAIN, The Chinese Lady
THOMAS KAIL, Hamilton
RICARDO KHAN, When Day Comes
YURY URNOV, Minor Character
ROSS BESCHLER, Minor Character
PIERRE JEAN GONZALEZ, Hamilton
JOE KINOSIAN, Murder For Two, Bristol Riverside Theatre
STEVEN RISHARD,* The Garbologists, Philadelphia Theatre Company
SEAN THOMPSON, The Little Mermaid
NGOZI ANYANWU, The Garbologists
SARAH GLIKO, Minor Character
MARILU HENNER, The Marilu Henner, Show, Bucks County Playhouse
BI JEAN NGO, The Chinese Lady
LISA STRUM, Skeleton Crew, Bristol Riverside Theatre
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
JUSTIN JAIN, Minor Character
DANA ORANGE, The Little Mermaid
PETE PRYOR,* The Weir, Hedgerow Theatre
STEPHEN PATRICK SMITH, The Weir
MARQUIS WOOD, Skeleton Crew
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAROL MAILLARD, When Day Comes
KRISTINE NIELSEN, It’s Only a Play, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.
STEPHANIE JAE PARK, Hamilton
MADELEINE RAUBE, Anastasia, National Tour, Academy of Music
REBECCA ROBBINS,* The Little Mermaid
Recipients will be announced later this week. At the same time, a list of the Top Ten in each category will be published.