Although awards season has passed and the new theatre season lies closely on the horizon, Philadelphia is reversing the order a little bit. The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia will announce nominees for its sixth annual Barrymore Awards, Aug. 16, at the Wilma Theatre.
The awards ceremony will take place Oct. 16 at Irvine Auditorium (Spruce St.). Regular tickets are $75, but Artists tickets range from $35-$40. Call (215) 413-7150 for information or check out the website: www.theatrealliance.org.
The 2000 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre will offer more than 20 categories, plus three special awards: a Lifetime Achievement honor, the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, and The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service.
Past Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Theatre Center Philadelphia's Albert Benzwie, Germantown Theatre Guild's Katherine "Kitty" Minehart, actor Doug Wing, longtime theatre supporter Frank C.P. McGlinn and Freedom Theatre founder John E. Allen, Jr.
* At last year's ceremony, held Oct. 18, 1999 at the Irvine Auditorium, the Barrymores honored Floyd Collins with five awards. The musical, about the media circus surrounding a man trapped in a cave, picked up wins for overall production, directing, lead actor, supporting actor and lighting. On the straight play side, Israel Horovitz's Lebensraum nabbed three awards, for director, ensemble and overall production of a play.
-- By David Lefkowitz