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Here are the 2018-2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards.



published Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Photo: Evan Michael Woods
Christine Sanders, center, and Amphibian Stage Productions' Artist Descending a Staircase received mentions in this year's DFW Theater Critics Forum awards

 

Somehow, after the votes are tallied and the final list sent around to the participants of the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, there are inevitably regrets for shows and performances we talked about (sometimes fondly, sometimes with division in the room) but that didn't make the final cut.

In the case of the 2018-2019 North Texas theater season (shows that opened between September 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019), as I look at the list below, I wish we could have found more love for Theatre Three's Once, Dallas Theater Center's Real Women Have Curves, Jubilee Theatre's Obama-ology, or Stage West's Everybody, for instance.

But, that's how it goes. Eight critics who are paid for their work in five DFW publications (the number of outlets covering theater has been dwindling for years; the Star-Telegram ended coverage a few seasons ago) — had lunch around a large table in Martha Heimberg's lovely Junius Heights home and hashed out the awards. We don't pick a single winner in each category, but rather a selection of our favorites. Sometimes, a production that only two critics saw beat out something that four critics saw, given that the former had 100 percent enthusiastic agreement. (In several cases, shows that more critics saw led to dissenting opinions.)

This year Dallas Theater Center had the most citations, with 11 (three performers were rewarded for two shows each). Second Thought Theatre also had a strong season, with nine mentions. WaterTower Theatre had six; Imprint Theatreworks five; and four had four each: Amphibian Stage Productions, Circle Theatre, Cry Havoc Theater Company, and Uptown Players.

This year's recipients of the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum awards are:

 

 

Outstanding Director


 

Photo: Karen Almond Photography
Crossing the Line, a co-produciton between Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

 

Tim Bond, Sweat, Dallas Theater Center

Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Everything Is Wonderful, WaterTower Theatre

Joel Ferrell, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Circle Theatre

Jonathan Fielding and Brenda Withers, Artist Descending a Staircase, Amphibian Stage Productions

Alex Organ, Incognito, Second Thought Theatre

Mara Richards Bim and Tim Johnson, Crossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

Christie Vela, What We Were, Second Thought Theatre

Ashley H. White, Ghost Quartet, Imprint Theatreworks

 

 

Outstanding New Play or Musical

 

Photo: Karen Almond Photography
Jonathan Norton's penny candy at Dallas Theater Center

 

Crossing the Line, ensemble of Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

penny candy, Jonathan Norton, Dallas Theater Center

Jo & Louisa, Isabella Russell-Ides, WingSpan Theatre Company

What We Were, Blake Hackler, Second Thought Theatre

 

 

Outstanding Performance by an Actor

 

Photo: Jason Anderson
Jenny Tucker, Steven Pounders, and Seth Magill in Everything is Wonderful at WaterTower Theatre

 

 

Chad Cline, Raptured, Theatre Three

Sonny Franks, The Cake, Uptown Players

Blake Hackler, Twelfth Night, Dallas Theater Center, and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You & Here We Go, Second Thought Theatre

David Meglino, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Imprint Theatreworks; and Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, Uptown Players

Steven Pounders, Everything Is Wonderful, WaterTower Theatre

Christopher Llewyn Ramirez, Sweat and Twelfth Night, Dallas Theater Center

Drew Wall, Incognito, Second Thought Theatre

 

 

Outstanding Performance by an Actress


Photo: RIchard Bailey
Lindsay Hayward in Fur at Teatro Dallas (with Isaiah Cazares)

 

Betty Buckley, Hello, Dolly!, Dallas Summer Musicals

Sarah Gay, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Circle Theatre

Ana Hagedorn, Steel Magnolias and The Wolves, Dallas Theater Center, and The Armor Plays: Cinched & Strapped, Theatre Three

Lindsay Hayward, Fur, Teatro Dallas

Jennifer Kuenzer, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Imprint Theatreworks

Laura Lites, Disaster!, Uptown Players

Shannon McGrann, The Cake, Uptown Players; Raptured, Theatre Three; Incognito, Second Thought Theatre; A Doll’s House, Part 2, Stage West

Christine Sanders, Artist Descending a Staircase, Amphibian Stage Productions; and Obama-ology, Jubilee Theatre

Lucy Shea, Bright Star, The Firehouse Theatre

Sally Nystuen Vahle, Sweat and Steel Magnolias, Dallas Theater Center

 

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast

 

Photo: Kris Ikejiri
Ghost Quartet  at Imprint Theatreworks

 

Bright Star, The Firehouse Theatre

Crossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

Ghost Quartet, Imprint Theatreworks

Incognito, Second Thought Theatre

Men on Boats, Circle Theatre

penny candy, Dallas Theater Center

What We Were, Second Thought Theatre

The Wolves, Dallas Theater Center

 

 

Outstanding Touring Production

 

Photo: Courtesy of New Repertory Theatre
Rohina Malik in Unveiled at WaterTower Theatre

 

Aladdin, Dallas Summer Musicals

Hamilton, Dallas Summer Musicals

Hello, Dolly!, Dallas Summer Musicals

The Play That Goes Wrong, AT&T Performing Arts Center

Unveiled, WaterTower Theatre

 

 

Outstanding Design or Creative Contribution

 

Photo: TayStan Photography
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Circle Theatre

 

 

Vonda K. Bowling, music direction, The Ballad of Little Jo, WaterTower Theatre

Aimee Hurst Bozarth, pianist and musical associate, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Circle Theatre

Design team, Artist Descending a Staircase, Amphibian Stage Productions

Design team, Everything Is Wonderful, WaterTower Theatre

John M. Flores, sound design, What We Were, Second Thought Theatre

Olivia de Guzman, music, and Justin Locklear, lyrics, Doom McCoy and the Death Nugget, Ochre House Theater

Rusty Jones, scenic design, Babette’s Feast, Amphibian Stage Productions

Justin Locklear, score, Elwood, and puppet design, Doom McCoy and the Death Nugget, Ochre House Theater

Kelly McCain, choreography, Bright Star, The Firehouse Theatre

Adam C. Wright, music direction, Ghost Quartet, Imprint Theatreworks

 

 

Special Citations

 

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Cora Cardona, founder of Teatro Dallas

To Katherine Owens (1957-2019), co-founding artistic director of Undermain Theatre, for groundbreaking work in experimental theater and excellence in producing modern classics, staging 35 world premieres in 35 years, and seeding the ground for the birth of exciting new companies in North Texas over the past three decades.

 

To Cora Cardona, founder and former artistic director of Teatro Dallas, for introducing North Texas audiences to writers from the Spanish-speaking world, giving emerging theater artists a home, creating the International Theater Festival, and keeping alive the legacy of Teatro Dallas.

 

To Joanie Schultz for her brief but significant contributions during her tenure as artistic director of WaterTower Theatre (December 2016–December 2018), including championing female directors, playwrights of color, and other inclusive initiatives; encouraging new works; and reinvigorating the DFW theater scene.

 

To Mara Richards Bim, Tim Johnson, Cry Havoc Theater Company, and Kitchen Dog Theater for creating Crossing the Line, a thorough and compelling look at the immigration controversy devised through extensive research that included a trip to the border to gather facts and opinions from a wide range of sources. Bim and Johnson edited hundreds of pages of interview transcripts into a narrative that delved deeply into the immigration issue.

 

 

Participating Critics

Janice L. Franklin, TheaterJones.com

Jan Farrington, TheaterJones.com

Martha Heimberg, TheaterJones.com and Dallas Weekly

Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice

Mark Lowry, TheaterJones.com

Manny Mendoza, Dallas Morning News

Jill Sweeney, TheaterJones.com

Lindsey Wilson, CultureMap

 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum is an organization of professional, paid critics that recognizes outstanding theatrical contributions in North Texas. Members see 40 or more productions per season (Sept. 1-Aug. 31) and are not practicing theater artists. Thanks For Reading





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