Monday, September 8, 2014

Something Else to Brag About in N-Town

Most people have heard of the Tony Awards, given for great theater productions on Broadway in New York. Philadelphia has its own version, called the Barrymore Awards, given for excellence in professional theater in the Greater Philadelphia region. The competition was stiff this year--100 productions in 31 theaters--but the nominations have now been announced and...

THEATRE HORIZON got 10 of them.

We're not talking just for one play either. All 3 of their productions received nominations in 8 different categories.

Two plays--I Am My Own Wife and Circle Mirror Transformation were BOTH nominated for Outstanding Overall Production of a Play AND Outstanding Direction of a Play.

I Am My Own Wife also was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, and for the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award.

Circle Mirror Transformation received other nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play, and Outstanding Ensemble in a Play.

The 39 Steps got a nod for Outstanding Sound Design.

Competition is stiff, though. They're up against productions by established theaters such as The Wilma, The Arden, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Peoples' Light. There are 7 nominees in most of the categories listed above. You can read the complete list at

The awards will be announced the evening of Monday, October 27, at the Merriam Theater on Broad Street in Philadelphia.

While we're all holding our breaths waiting for news of the winners, Theatre Horizon has posted their schedule for next season: The Syringa Tree (Oct. 16-Nov. 9), Into The Woods (one of my favorite musicals, Feb. 5-Mar. 1), and In The Blood (April 23-May 17). You can subscribe for the whole season at this link. I'm not sure if Theatre Horizon will continue their program next season where Norristown residents get in free to certain performances, but they also have cheaper preview and "pay what you can" nights. I'll pass along info as I get it.

In the meantime, join me in congratulating Erin Reilly and the staff of Theatre Horizon, and the casts and crews of last season's shows for their Barrymore nominations. Best of luck.

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