Among the highlights: As always, there were tons of gay winners (hey, it’s theater), including Tim Johnson (for The Chairs at Kitchen Dog, which had a stellar season), and Regan Adair (In a Forest Dark and Deep and Joel Ferrell (Gruesome Playground Injuries), both at Second Thought, which also had a standout season. Knock Me a Kiss, a play with a gay theme over at Jubilee, was singled out for Barbara Wood’s performance.
The group also recognized two of last years best performances: Marianne Galloway in Children of a Lesser God and Theatre 3 founder Jac Alder in a rare performance as Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Last Session. Tween Kennedy Waterman was also recognized for her role in Daffodil Girls. Season’s best show, On the Eve, was a runaway hit with five awards.
Two Fort Worth productions of The Taming of the Shrew received lots of kudos, including one at Stage West; its founder, Jerry Russell, died last week, and was given a special citation for his years of artistry.
The participating critics — me, Elaine Liner (Dallas Observer), Mark Lowry (TheaterJones.com), Lawson Taitte (Dallas Morning News), M. Lance Lusk and Liz Johnstone (D Magazine), Lauren Smart and Kris Noteboom (TheaterJones.com), Martha Heimberg (Turtle Creek News and TheaterJones.com), Alexandra Bonifield (Critical Rants), Lindsey Wilson (CultureMap Dallas) and Punch Shaw (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) — selected the following winners (after the break). Congrats.