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Masters of the House

The Dallas Theater Center racks up in the annual Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards. Uptown Players and WaterTower Theatre do well, too. Here's the complete list.



published Monday, September 8, 2014
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Les Miserables at Dallas Theater Center

Dallas — The Dallas Theater Center, Uptown Players and WaterTower Theatre had especially good years in the 2013-'14 season, as decided by the writers of the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Eligible shows opened between Sept. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014.

Of the 11 shows cited for Outstanding Direction (which doubles as "best production"), four of them happened at DTC: (A Raisin in the Sun, Oedipus el Rey, The Fortress of Solitude and Les Misérables). And two directors, Tre Garrett and Susan Sargeant, were singled out for two productions each.

The Dallas Theater Center took a total of nine awards; Uptown Players had seven and WaterTower six (seven if you include a touring show at Out of the Loop Fringe Festival). Kitchen Dog Theater had five and Jubilee Theatre three. A number of theaters had two awards each. And one actor, Garret Storms, was awarded for his performance in four shows at four different theaters.

Below is the list, for which there is no one "best" chosen, but rather several of the most outstanding in each category. Keep in mind that it's hard to get a consensus by a slam of critics—we decided years ago that "slam" would be the collective noun for critics—so you'll have to wait for the year's end to see individual writers' favorites of the year. Theaters that have done well in previous years but didn't get any mentions this year include Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas.

It's cool to note that of this year's 12 participating critics—membership requires that you are paid to write criticism and that you have seen a wide range of theaters and work in the season—is that for the first time in the group's history there are more women than men (seven to five). The complete list of critics and their affiliations is at the bottom of this story. We also gave a special citation to a critic: Lawson Taitte, who retired from the Dallas Morning News last year, but has had a long career in arts criticism for several media organizations.

Here's to more great theater in the 2014-'15 season!

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Photo: Buddy Myers
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at Jubilee Theatre

 

Daniel Aukin, The Fortress of Solitude, Dallas Theater Center

B.J. Cleveland, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Uptown Players

David Denson, Year of the Rooster, Upstart Productions

Tre Garrett, A Raisin in the Sun, Dallas Theater Center; and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jubilee Theatre

Tim Johnson, Detroit, Kitchen Dog Theater

Terry Martin, Dogfight, WaterTower Theatre

Kevin Moriarty, Oedipus el Rey, Dallas Theater Center

Susan Sargeant, The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Happy Days, WingSpan Theatre Co.

Liesl Tommy, Les Misérables, Dallas Theater Center

 

OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY OR MUSICAL

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Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses, the composer/lyricist and book writer of The Fortress of Solitude

 

Barbecue Apocalypse by Matt Lyle, Kitchen Dog Theater

Booth by Steven Walters, Second Thought Theatre

The Fortress of Solitude by Itamar Moses and Michael Friedman, Dallas Theater Center

mania/gift by Shelby-Allison Hibbs, Echo Theatre at the Festival of Independent Theatres

Stiff by Jeff Swearingen, Fun House Theatre and Film

 

OUTSTANDING TOURING PRODUCTION

Caroline Bowman as Evita at Dallas Summer Musicals

 

Evita, Dallas Summer Musicals

The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, AT&T Performing Arts Center

Peter and the Starcatcher, AT&T Performing Arts Center

Trick Boxing, Sossy Mechanics, at WaterTower Theatre's Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Photo: Karen Almond
Drew Wall in Nocturne at Second Thought Theatre

 

Adam A. Anderson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jubilee Theatre

Jaxon Beeson, Stiff, Fun House Theatre and Film

Joey Folsom, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, WaterTower Theatre; and Year of the Rooster, Upstart Productions

Alex Ross, The Boy from Oz, Uptown Players

Garret Storms, for four performances:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, WaterTower Theatre
  • Hunting and Gathering, Amphibian Stage Productions
  • The Rivals, Stage West
  • Tartuffe, Shakespeare Dallas

Drew Wall, Nocturne, Second Thought Theatre

Steven Michael Walters, Les Misérables, Dallas Theater Center

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Photo: Karen Almond
Tiffany Hobbs, foreground, in Spunk at WaterTower Theatre

 

Tiffany Hobbs, A Raisin in the Sun, Dallas Theater Center; and Spunk, WaterTower Theatre

Janelle Lutz, The Boy from Oz, Uptown Players

Liz Mikel, A Raisin in the Sun, Dallas Theater Center

Tina Parker, Detroit, Kitchen Dog Theater

Allison Pistorius, Clybourne Park, Dallas Theater Center; and Venus in Fur, Circle Theatre

Sarah Elizabeth Smith, The Boy from Oz, Uptown Players

Juliette Talley, Dogfight, WaterTower Theatre

Ashley Wilkerson, The Mountaintop, Jubilee Theatre

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST

Photo: Buddy Myers
From left: David Coffee, Cliff Stephens and Jim Covault in Heroes at Stage West

 

Barbecue Apocalypse, Kitchen Dog Theater

Heroes, Stage West

The Echo Room Presents: Her Song, Echo Theatre

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Uptown Players

 

OUTSTANDING DESIGN/CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION

Photo: Mike Morgan (left) and Mark Oristano (right)
Coy Covington's wig and make-up design for Sarah Elizabeth Smith as Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz at Uptown Players

 

Jeffrey Colangelo and Katy Tye, movement, Galatea, Prism Co.

Coy Covington, wig and make-up design for The Boy from Oz, Uptown Players; and wig design for Pageant: The Musical 

Design Team, The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors, Trinity Shakespeare Festival

Clare Floyd DeVries, set design, Detroit, Kitchen Dog Theater

Jay Dias, music direction, Nine and Titanic, Lyric Stage

Gary James, wig design, Dogfight, WaterTower Theatre

 

SPECIAL CITATIONS

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Matt Tomlanovich

 

To Matt Tomlanovich for reviving the Margo Jones Theatre as a busy performance space, opening it to fledgling companies at a reasonable price, and making it available to small festivals, poetry slams, readings and dance groups.

To Lawson Taitte, for his distinguished career in arts criticism.

 

PARTICIPATING CRITICS

 

Alexandra Bonifield | CriticalRant.com

Nancy ChurninThe Dallas Morning News 

Jan Farrington | TheaterJones.com

Martha Heimberg | Dallas Weekly and TheaterJones.com

Arnold Wayne Jones | Dallas Voice

Elaine Liner | Dallas Observer

Mark Lowry | Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com and TheaterJones.com

M. Lance Lusk | TheaterJones.com

David Novinski | TheaterJones.com

Punch Shaw | Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Lauren Smart | Dallas Observer

Lindsey Wilson | D Magazine/Front Row  Thanks For Reading




Comments:

Mark Lowry writes:
Monday, September 8 at 10:11AM

Correction: We listed the incorrect wig designer for Dogfight above, and have made the correction. Gary James gets an award for his wigs in that musical.


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