The world-premiere play by Bruce Graham, a favorite resident playwright, was co-produced by Act II Playhouse and Theatre Exile. The awards that honor Philadelphia theatre — including suburban Philly and parts of New Jersey and Delaware — were presented at Walnut Street Theatre.
Broadway's Mark Jacoby won a Best Actor Barrymore for playing Tevye in WST's Fiddler on the Roof.
Recipients for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical and Outstanding Overall Production of a Play (respectively) went to The Light in the Piazza (Philadelphia Theatre Company) and Becky Shaw (The Wilma Theater). Both productions also garnered the highest number of wins in their respective Musical and Play categories.
The Light in the Piazza was the big winner for the evening, snagging seven awards for Philadelphia Theatre Company, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Musical to Joe Calarco, Outstanding Music Direction to Eric Ebbenga, Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical to Sherri L. Edelen, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical to Matthew Scott, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical to Whitney Bashor and Outstanding Lighting Design to R. Lee Kennedy.
The Wilma's Becky Shaw topped the awards in the play category with five wins: Outstanding Overall Production of a Play, Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play for Anne Kauffman, Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play for Jeremy Bobb, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for Brooke Bloom. The F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist went to actress Sarah Sanford (it comes with a $10,000 prize), and the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award (a $25,000 award) went to Black Pearl Sings! (InterAct Theatre Company).
InterAct's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was recognized with the Outstanding Choreography/Movement Award (John Bellomo & Tony "Hitman" Stetson).
The Ted and Stevie Wolf Award for New Approaches to Collaborations went to InterAct for its production of City of Numbers with Mural Arts Program.
Philanthropists Ted and Stevie Wolf themselves received the Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of an artist or patron "who has devoted his or her time, talent and energy to making a significant impact on the cultural landscape of Greater Philadelphia."
Act II Playhouse's two-man show The Story of My Life won in the category of Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical.
Outstanding Costume Design went to Colleen Grady of WST's Fiddler on the Roof. Lantern Theater Company's The Breath of Life won for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play (Cheryl Williams) and Outstanding Original Music (Christopher Colucci). Colucci also took home the award for Outstanding Sound Design for The Long Christmas Ride Home at Azuka Theatre.
Peter De Laurier's performance in King Lear earned him the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play award for The People's Light & Theatre Company.
David P. Gordon won Outstanding Set Design for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at Arden Theatre Company. B. Someday Productions received the Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service Award for their education program, "Of Mythic Proportions."
For more information about The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (which administers the Barrymores), visit www.phillytheatretix.com or by call (215) 413-7150.