Okay, one more theater-related thing this week, and then no more til my next (potentially controversial!) review. Last week the Jeff Committee announced nominees for the Non-Equity Jeff Awards (the Tonys of Chicago), so I checked out the list to see if anything looked familiar. And lo!
“Opus” — Redtwist Theatre (for Play, Director, Ensemble, Sound Design, Artistic Specialization)
“A Behanding in Spokane” — Profiles Theatre (Supporting Actor)
“One Flea Spare” — Eclipse Theatre Company (Supporting Actor)
“Under the Blue Sky” — Steep Theatre Company (Supporting Actress)
“We Live Here” — Theatre Seven of Chicago (New Work, Artistic Specialization)
“Cyrano” — The House Theatre of Chicago (New Adaptation, Original Incidental Music, Costume Design, Fight Design)
“The Spirit Play” — The Strange Tree Group (Original Incidental Music, Artistic Specialization)
“The Sea” — Theatre Mir (Sound Design)
For my money: Opus was one of my favorite shows last year and definitely deserves Director or Play. I would not give it Artistic Specialization (it was nominated for Music Coach); one of the actors never once did vibrato on her viola!
Caroline Neff, yes, should of course win Supporting Actress for Under the Blue Sky. We Live Here was another one of my favorites and deserves a win for New Work (and Cyd Blakewell, who was also great in last year’s MilkMilkLemonade, was a standout here).
Cyrano was terrific, and the fight scenes were breathtaking. I did like the music in The Spirit Play.
Hey, eight nominated shows! Not bad. And I agree with most of the nominations for those shows. Even better. Some of the nominated shows are still running, so check them out while you still can.