Monday, June 1, 2009

Statesman & Chronicle Art Critics' Theatre Awards

Arts writers from the Chronicle and the Statesman announced tonight their choices from the Critics Table list published May 14, including the following picks for theatre. Links to ALT reviews are provided when available.

The Chronicle and Statesman writers covered the period May 2008 through April 2009. Austin Live Theatre's APPLAUSE recognition announced on May 15 covered the period of June 1, 2008 to that date. Because theatre works and artists are so varied, ALT did not single out any nominees as best in category.

Statesman & Chronicle Arts Writers'
Critics Table Awards in Theatre, 2009

Production, Drama
‘Cyrano de Bergerac,’ Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Production, Comedy
‘Age of Arousal,’ Austin Playhouse

Production, Musical
‘The Last Five Years,’ Penfold Theatre Company/Austin Playhouse

Michelle Polgar, ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’
Dustin Wills, ‘Ophelia’

Acting in a Leading Role
Annika Johansson, ‘The Last Five Years’
David Long, ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’
Tom Truss, ‘The Idiot’
Jennifer Underwood, ‘The Casket of Passing Fancy’ / ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

Acting in a Supporting Role
Verity Branco, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ / ‘An Ideal Husband’
Shavanna Calder, ‘Caroline, or Change’
Jenny Gravenstein, ‘Age of Arousal’
Marc Pouhe, ‘The Three Sisters’ / ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’/ ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Ensemble Performance
‘The Red Balloon,’ Tongue and Groove Theatre

David Mark Cohen New Play Award
‘Dug Up’, Cyndi Williams

John Bustin Award for Conspicuous Versatility
Michael McKelvey

Music Direction
Jeff Hellmer, ‘Queenie Pie’

Jennifer Sherburn/David Yeakle, ‘The Red Balloon’

Touring Show, Theatre
Elaine Strich at Liberty, Austin Cabaret Theatre
‘Spectacular,’ Forced Entertainment, Fusebox Festival

None of the Above
‘The Casket of Passing Fancy,’ Rubber Repertory

W.H. “Deacon” Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work
Mark Scheibmeir, UT Department of Theatre & Dance

Scenic Design
Kevin Beltz, ‘Still Life With Iris’

Costume Design
Michaele Hite, ‘Queenie Pie’
Ariana Schwartz, ‘Still Life With Iris’

Lighting Design
Lih-Hwa Yu, ‘The Shape of White’

Sound Design
Buzz Moran, ‘Hamilton Township’

Video Design
Duncan Alexander, ‘The Color of Dissonance’

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