The Playgoer: Awards Season

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Awards Season

If you're curious, the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations are out.

If for nothing else, they're interesting for showing what a Tonys including Off-Broadway might look like. In other words, still commercial, but at least slightly more interesting choices.

For example, from Drama Desk:

Outstanding Play
Alan Bennett, The History Boys
David Hare, Stuff Happens
Warren Leight, No Foreigners Beyond this Point
Martin McDonagh, The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Terrence McNally, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams
Craig Wright, The Pavilion

Outstanding Musical
The Drowsy Chaperone
Grey Gardens
Jersey Boys
See What I Wanna See
Thrill Me [yes that show I mocked so long ago...]
The Wedding Singer
Outer Critics actually has separate B'way and Off categories. More shows, but how segregated!

I still prefer the OBIES. (Coming May 15.)


yrpal said...

Outstanding playwrights: all white men and most from across the pond.

Anonymous said...

There are rumors that this year could be the last Obies because of the sale of the Voice to those people from Arkansas (or wherever) who don't get New York and have been getting rid of political writers. Anyway, it's obvious enough they don't have much commitment to theater any more. The theater section is tiny now. All they have is Feingold, who knows more than anybody, I'll grant him, but more voices would be better. (Plus they still have Soloski, who is mean and not very interesting imho.) It used to be a lively section but most of the writers I liked have been purged or got out in time and moved on. I heard the new owners want less criticism and more puff features (not hard news or analysis) but without adding any more pages to the section. This could be a sad Obies for those in the know.