The 2011-12 Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards, announced Monday, honored work by 22 North Texas theater organizations.
Theatre Three, not generally a darling of these awards, dominated the voting with 10 mentions on the final list.
WaterTower Theatre received six awards, two for an entry in its Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, and Lyric Stage five. In recent years, Dallas Theater Center had come back from a long drought to become the criticsâ favorite. This year, however, the cityâs flagship company managed only two awards. To no oneâs surprise, the top individual vote-getter was director RenÃ© Moreno, cited for plays at three theaters.
Two of the winning shows came late enough in the season just finished that they are still running â" Theatre Threeâs Avenue Q and Uptown Playersâ The Producers, both staged by Michael Serrecchia.
Here are the winners:
Direction: Bruce R. Coleman, Superior Donuts (Theatre Three); Cheryl Denson, Oklahoma! (Lyric Stage); Tre Garrett, Topdog/Underdog (Jubilee Theatre); Patrick Kelly, The Birthday Party (Undermain Theatre); RenÃ© Moreno, The Night of the Iguana (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas), August: Osage County (WaterTower Theatre) and Coriolanus (Shakespeare Dallas); Jeffrey Schmidt, The Farnsworth Invention (Theatre Three); Michael Serrecchia, Avenue Q (Theatre Three) and The Producers (Uptown Players).
New play or musical: Diamond Dick: The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 by Erik Ehn (Project X: Theatre); International Falls by Thomas Ward (Haven Productions at WaterTowerâs Out of the Loop Fringe Festival); Mean by Matthew Posey (Ochre House); Ruth by Vicki Caroline Cheatwood (Kitchen Dog Theater).
Actor: B.J. Cleveland, The Producers; Kyle Cotton, Oklahoma!; Chuck Huber, The Real Thing (Stage West) and The Merchant of Venice (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); Alex Organ, Coriolanus and The Farnsworth Invention; Christopher Dontrell Piper, Superior Donuts and Free Man of Color (African American Repertory Company); Van Quattro, Superior Donuts; Terry Vandivort, The Night of the Iguana; Ashley Wood, The Night of the Iguana.
Actress: Emily Scott Banks, A Most Dangerous Woman (Echo Theatre); Erica Harte, Oklahoma! and Spring Awakening (WaterTower Theatre); Jenny Ledel, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas) and The Turn of the Screw (Kitchen Dog Theater); Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Pretty Fire (Jubilee Theatre); Barrett Nash, My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Rite of Passage Theatre Company at the Festival of Independent Theatres); Sally Nystuen Vahle, God of Carnage (Dallas Theater Center); Lulu Ward, The New Century (Uptown Players) and Counting the Ways (WingSpan Theatre Company); Sherry Jo Ward, August: Osage County and International Falls.
Ensemble cast: August: Osage County; Oklahoma!; Avenue Q; The Farnsworth Invention; The Birthday Party.
Creative contribution: Diamond Dick, for the creative team; Avenue Q, for Michael Robinson and the Dallas Puppet Theaterâs puppet design and construction; Mean, for Justin Locklearâs music; Oklahoma!, for Ann Niemanâs choreography; Superior Donuts, for David Walshâs set design; The Tempest (Dallas Theater Center), for Beowulf Borittâs set design.
Touring production: American Idiot (Lexus Broadway Series); Bring It On (Dallas Summer Musicals); West Side Story (Dallas Summer Musicals); Irving Berlinâs White Christmas (Performing Arts Fort Worth).
Special award: To Nouveau 47 Theatre, for its commitment to developing and presenting new and original works
Emerging artist award: Van Quattro
The critics who participated in the voting were Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice; Lawson Taitte, The Dallas Morning News; M. Lance Lusk, Liz Johnstone and Lindsey Wilson, Front Row/D Magazine; Elaine Liner, Dallas Observer; Martha Heimberg, Turtle Creek News/TheaterJones.com; Punch Shaw, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Alexandra Bonfield, CriticalRant.com; Perry Stewart and Mark Lowry, TheaterJones.com.