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The 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
By Robert Faires, Fri., June 9, 2006
In the awards themselves, the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of Urinetown: The Musical took top honors, with six awards, including Production of a Musical. The rest of the awards were very evenly distributed among shows and exhibitions, with Match-Play, the Rude Mechanicals' theatrical take on Deborah Hay's dance The Match, the only other show to capture more than two awards.
Critics participating in this year's awards, covering the period from May 1, 2005, to April 30, 2006, were the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre/music), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual art), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), Tommy O'Malley (theatre), Joey Seiler (theatre), Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts), and Holly Williams (dance); and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Heather Barfield Cole (theatre), Patricia Hadad (theatre), Rachel Koper (visual art), Nikki Moore (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts). Obligatory ethical note: Critics refrained from nominating themselves or members of their families for any awards and refrained from voting in any category in which the critic or a family member was nominated.
Production, DramaWhere Are They Now? Shrewd Productions
Director, DramaDustin Wills, Cymbeline
Actress, DramaKelsey Kling, The Glory of Living
Actor, DramaBrent Werzner, Static
Supporting Actress, DramaAnne Hulsman, Where Are They Now?
Supporting Actor, DramaMatthew Radford, Richard III
Production, ComedyMatch-Play, Rude Mechanicals
Director, ComedyShawn Sides, Match-Play/Decameron Day 7: REVENGE
Actress, ComedyLee Eddy, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity/The Santaland Diaries
Actor, ComedyScott Tesh, The Playboy of the Western World/The Beard of Avon
Supporting Actress, ComedyNikki Zook, Appointment with Death/Twelfth Night (Onstage)
Supporting Actor, ComedyRobert Matney, The Rivals
Production, MusicalUrinetown: The Musical, Zachary Scott Theatre Center
Director, MusicalMatt Hislope and Josh Meyers, Holes Before Bedtime
Actress, MusicalLaura Powell, Annie Get Your Gun
Actor, MusicalTyler Rhodes, Batboy: The Musical
Supporting Actress, MusicalMeredith McCall, Urinetown: The Musical
Supporting Actor, Musical (tie)Marc Pouhé, Urinetown: The Musical
Cole Wimpee, Holes Before Bedtime
Ensemble PerformanceThe Three Cuckolds, Tongue and Groove Theatre
David Mark Cohen New Play AwardAmerican Fiesta, Steven Tomlinson
Original Script, AdaptationMatch-Play, Kirk Lynn
Musical DirectionContent Love Knowles, Bent
MovementRobin Lewis, Urinetown: The Musical
Scenic DesignMichael Raiford, Keepin' It Weird/Urinetown: The Musical
Costume DesignSheila Hargett, The Rover
Lighting DesignJason Amato, Whispers of Heaven/Keepin' It Weird/Vampyress/Urinetown: The Musical/Dark Goddess 2006/The Exonerated
Sound DesignBuzz Moran, Static
Cabaret or Theatrical ConcertSandra Reeves-Phillips, Austin Cabaret Theatre
Touring Show, TheatreKathy Griffin, Paramount Theatre
Touring Show, DanceVincent Mantsoe, Dance Umbrella
Dance ConcertSeason Finale, Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks
ChoreographerJosé Luis Bustamante, "Night of Four Moons"/"Court Dance"/"Snake Rock"
Dancer, FemaleInga Lujerenko, Swan Lake
Dancer, MaleEric Midgley, Carmina Burana/"InsideOut"/