Arts Spotlight: Year In Review 2012

By John Townsend December 13, 2012

Categories: Arts & Culture, Featured - Home Page, Our Scene

Summer and Smoke. Photo copyright Act One, Too, Ltd

Best Productions

1. In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), The Jungle Theater

2. Spring Awakening, Theater Latté Da & University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance

3. An Ideal Husband, Walking Shadow Theatre Company

4. Ragtime, Park Square Theatre

5. The Mill, Workhaus Collective

6. Crimes of the Heart, Bloomington Civic Theatre

7. Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Walking Shadow Theatre Company

8. Appomattox, Guthrie Theater

9. Summer and Smoke, Theatre in the Round Players

10.  (3-way tie) Independence, Theatre in the Round Players; Julius Caesar (all-female cast), Theatre Unbound; Where We’re Born, 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities

Best Drama Revival
Dial M for Murder,  The Jungle Theater

Best Comedy Revival
Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Nimbus Theatre

Best Musical Revival
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Children’s Theatre Company

Theater Artists of the Year
Christina Baldwin (Actress), Ragtime, Park Square Theatre; In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), The Jungle Theater; Roman Holiday, Guthrie Theater
Denise Prosek (Music Director), Spring Awakening, Theater Latté Da & University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance; How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Children’s Theatre Company

An Ideal Husband. Photo by Dan Norman

Best Director
Amy Rummenie, An Ideal Husband, Walking Shadow Theatre Company

Best Actress, Drama
Jean Wolff, Independence, Theatre in the Round Players

Best Actress, Comedy
Harriet Harris, Hay Fever, Guthrie Theater

Best Actress, Musical
Christina Baldwin, Ragtime, Park Square Theatre

Best Actor, Drama
Gavin Lawrence, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?, Carlyle Brown & Company

Best Actor, Comedy
Kevin Carnahan, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Nimbus Theatre

Best Actor, Musical
David Darrow, Spring Awakening, Theater Latté Da & University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance

Best Crossgender Performance
Noe Tallen, Julius Caesar (all-female cast), Theatre Unbound

Best Supporting Actors (tie)
David Brinkley, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Guthrie Theater
James Napoleon Stone, Killer Joe, Candid Theater Company

Best Supporting Actress and Classical Performance of the Year
Meri Golden, Romeo & Juliet, Theatre Coup D’Etat

Best Cameo Actor
Richard Ooms, Appomattox, Guthrie Theater

Best Cameo Actress
Barbara Bryne, Embers, Guthrie Theater

Best Solo Performance
Sun Mee Chomet, How to Be a Korean Woman, Dreamland Arts

How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Photo by Dan Norman

Most Enchanting Performance
Natalie Tran as Cindy-Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Children’s Theatre Company

Best Set Design
Bain Boehlke, In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), The Jungle Theater

Best Costume Design
Michael Krass, Appomattox, Guthrie Theater

Best Visual/Projection Design
Sven Ortel, AppomattoxGuthrie Theater

Best Lighting
Jeff Croiter, AppomattoxGuthrie Theater

Best Production from Out of Town
Radiate Live!, Pillsbury House

Best Performances from Out of Town
Kathleen Turner &  Evan Jonigkeit, HIGH, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis at Pantages Theatre

Best Solo Performance from Out of Town
John Fugelsang, Guilt: A Love Story, Pantages Theatre

In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play). Photo by Michal Daniel

Outstanding Comedy Revue
The Rainbow Election: Mommies and Mormons and Gays, Oh My!, Brave New Workshop

Superior Achievement in Ensemble Acting
Steel Kiss, Segue Productions

Superior Achievement in New Playwriting
Andrea Assaf, Samuel Valdez, Outside the Circle, 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities & Pangea World Theater

Best Choreography
Carl Flink, Spring Awakening, Theater Latté Da & University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance

Best Sound Design
David Means, Meronymy, Red Eye Theater

 

2 Responses to Arts Spotlight: Year In Review 2012

  1. Daniel Pinkerton says:

    If I ran the circus, I would have said the best production from out of town was SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, now showing at the Guthrie. I also might quibble about the top ten list — rearrange the order, sub nimbus’s CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN for APPOMATTOX, and find a way to give some love to CTC’s world premiere of BUCCANEERS as well as Bradley Greenwald’s remarkable performance in it.

    Still, on the whole, I like this. It’s a nice shout out to a lot of deserving artists and companies.

  2. This was a great review. Thanks for sharing! A few others I really enjoyed: “End of the Rainbow” and “Roman Holiday” at the Guthrie, “Sunday in the park with George” at BCT and “Company” with Theater Latte Da!

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