TrueTheatergoers’ TheaterThoughts: ’Potential Nominees for 2014 Helen Hayes Awards’ and Rate Your Shows and Win $100 in Tickets by John and Stephen Hauge

Every week we will be sharing John and Stephen Hauge’s TheaterThoughts from their popular site TrueTheatergoer.

John Hauge.
John Hauge.

From John Hauge: “My brother Stephen and I created the website in October 2011 to promote theater in Washington, DC and on Broadway by providing an enriching collection of information on current shows and composite audience reviews and ratings of these shows. Our hope is to further develop a community excited about theater and willing to write short comments of shows so others can benefit from their experiences.”




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This Week’s TheaterThoughts:

Potential Nominees for 2014 Helen Hayes Awards

The nominees for the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards for calendar 2013 productions will be announced on January 27. TrueTheatergoer saw over 120 D.C.-area plays and musicals in 2013 and was particularly impressed by the following performances and resident plays and musicals produced (not presented) locally. We limited the number of nominees to a maximum of 10 per category, which was quite difficult for the Outstanding Lead/Supporting performances in plays and the Outstanding Play category.

Please share your reaction to these nominees (presented alphabetically), or provide your own.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: Zach Appelman (Henry V), Larry Bryggman (Other Desert Cities), Drew Cortese (The MF with a Hat), Frank DeJulio (The Submission), Robert Leembruggen (The Woman in Black), Julian Martinez (9 Circles), Patrick Page (Coriolanus), Scott Parkinson (Measure for Measure), Bowman Wright (The Mountaintop) and Brandon Uranowitz (Torch Song Trilogy).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Melis Aker (Love in Afghanistan), Helen Carey (Other Desert Cities), Rosal Colon (The MF with a Hat), Johanna Day (Good People), Kimberly Gilbert (The Beauty Queen of Lenane), Jennifer J. Hopkins (Biography), Kellee Hough (The Submission), Susan Lynskey (Ghost-Writer), Nancy Moricette (The Convert) and Roz White (Gee’s Bend).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Brent Carver (The Winter’s Tale), Brian Dykstra (Romeo & Juliet), Philip Fletcher (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Cameron Folmar (Measure for Measure), Dan Istrate (The Tempest), Marcus Kyd (The Lyons), Quentin Mare (The MF with a Hat), Brian Sutow (Black Comedy), Vato Tsikurishvili (The Tempest) and Richard Sheridan Willis (Twelfth Night).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Starla Benford (The Convert), Brigid Cleary (Becky Shaw), Diane D’Aquila (Coriolanus), Sherri L. Edelman (Romeo & Juliet), Linda High (Rabbit Hole), Sarah Marshall (The Beauty Queen of Lenane), Rachel Pickup (Twelfth Night) and Gordana Rashovich (Torch Song Trilogy).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Bruce Dow (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), James Gardiner (The Last Five Years), Mitchel Jarvis (Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show), Gannon O’Brien (Miss Saigon) and Paul Scanlan (Cabaret).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Sherri L. Edelen (Gypsy), Diane Huey (Miss Saigon), Nancy Opel (Hello Dolly!) and Maria Rizzo (Cabaret).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Thom Sesma (Miss Saigon), Chris Sizemore (Miss Saigon) and Steve Vinovich (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Lori L. Gayer (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Maria Rizzo (Gypsy).

Outstanding Play: CoriolanusGee’s BendOther Desert CitiesRabbit HoleStupid F**ing BirdThe Iceman ComethThe MF with a HatThe SubmissionThe Tempest and Torch Song Trilogy.

Outstanding Musical: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumCabaretGypsyHello Dolly!Miss Saigon and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show.


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