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Best in Show

The 2012-13 Austin Critics Table Awards

By Robert Faires, June 7, 2013, Arts

The Hidden Room Theatre production of Rose Rage was the runaway winner at the Austin Critics Table Awards on Monday, taking home five honors during a ceremony that at times threatened to best the Shakespearean marathon's five-hour running time.

For its 21st presention of awards for notable achievements in the arts, the Critics Table welcomed five new members into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame and distributed honors in 50 categories. With the exception of Rose Rage, the awards were spread pretty evenly. Ten projects were recognized with two awards each: Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Urinetown: The Musical; University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance's The Edge of Peace; Zach Theatre's Ragtime and Xanadu; Palindrome Theatre's All My Sons; the Duplicates' The Poison Squad; Rude Mechanicals' Now Now Oh Now; Breaking String Theatre's Vodka, Fucking, and Television; Ballet Austin's The Taming of the Shrew, and Forklift Danceworks' Solo Symphony. In all, 65 productions, exhibits, works, and artists were recognized.

Critics participating in this year's awards – covering the period from May 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013 – were the Austin American-Statesman's Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jillian Owens (theatre), Adam Roberts (theatre/classical music), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Dan Solomon (theatre), Natalie Zeldin (classical music), and Robert Faires (arts).


Production, Drama (tie)

All My Sons, Palindrome Theatre

Rose Rage, The Hidden Room Theatre

Production, Comedy

Slip River, UT/David Mark Cohen New Works Festival

Production, Musical

Legally Blonde: The Musical, Summer Stock Austin

Theatrical Event

Now Now Oh Now, Rude Mechanicals


Beth Burns, Rose Rage

Acting in a Leading Role

Barbara Chisholm, The Importance of Being Earnest

Brock England, Rose Rage

Noel Gaulin, Accidental Death of an Anarchist/The Bear/Vodka, Fucking, and Television

Joey Hood, "I Am the Machine Gunner"

Acting in a Supporting Role

Joey Banks, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Fran Dorn, The Edge of Peace

Robert Matney, Rose Rage

Laurence Pears, Rose Rage/Invisible, Inc.

Sydney Roberts, Urinetown: The Musical

Ensemble Performance

The Poison Squad, The Duplicates

Music Direction

Allen Robertson, Xanadu/Ragtime/Goodnight Moon


Cassie Abate, Urinetown: The Musical

David Mark Cohen New Play Award (tie)

The Edge of Peace, Suzan Zeder

The Women of Juarez, Isaac Gomez and Bianca Sulaica

Touring Show, Theatre

"Watch Me Fall," Action Hero/Fusebox Festival


Dance Concert

As Holy Sites Go/duet, Deborah Hay

Short Work

"Requiem for a Rose," Ballet Austin


Allison Orr, Solo Symphony


Olivia Chacón, "The Red Shoes"

Travis Knights, Time

Jamie Lynn Witts, The Taming of the Shrew


Chris Hannon & Gina Patterson, "Ida"

Ensemble (tie)

Ballet Austin, The Taming of the Shrew

Blue Lapis Light, Heaven-Earth-One

Touring Show, Dance

The Rite of Spring, Joffrey Ballet/Texas Performing Arts


Scenic Design

Thomas Graves, Michelle Marchesseault, Leilah Stewart, et al., Now Now Oh Now

Costume Design

Susan Branch Towne, The Sound of Music/Xanadu/Ragtime

Lighting Design

The Duplicates, The Poison Squad

Sound Design

Buzz Moran, All My Sons/Under Construction/spacestation1985

Video Design

Lowell Bartholomee, Vodka, Fucking, and Television

Classical Music

Symphonic Performance

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, Austin Symphony with Conspirare

Chamber Performance (tie)

All-Beethoven Recital, Miró Quartet, Butler School of Music

String Quartet Smackdown, Golden Hornet Project

Choral Performance

Vessel, Convergence


The Marriage of Figaro, Austin Lyric Opera


Sasha Cooke, Miró Quartet recital

Glenn Miller, The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Icy Simpson, I, Too

Hyung Yun, Faust

Original Composition/Score

Concerto Laguna, Travis Weller


Rick Rowley, Schumann: Fantasie in C Major


line upon line percussion

Touring Show, Classical

Daniel Hope & Friends: Music from Terezín, Texas Performing Arts

Special Citations

John Bustin Award for Exceptional Versatility

Jill Blackwood

W.H. "Deacon" Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work

Isaac Gomez, UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance

Will Davis, UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance

Hannah Fonder, St. Edward's University

Sophia Franzella, St. Edward's University

Lindsley Howard, St. Edward's University

Visionary Vivifier Award

Caroline Reck and Glass Half Full Theatre

More Perfect Union Award

Thomas Graves and Hannah Kenah, Alfred and Agnes

Sehr Mutig Award

Ballet Austin II cast of Snow White

Dress for Excess Award

Pam Friday, Seven Wonders of the World (Plus One)

Intimo et Luminoso Award

Peter Bay, Solo Symphony

Mt. Everest Award

Austin Chamber Music Center, New Music Co-op, line upon line percussion, and Texas Choral Consort, Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Cage!

Visual Art

Museum Exhibition

"I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America," Donald Albrecht, curator; Harry Ransom Center

Solo Gallery Exhibition

"Kevin McNamee-Tweed: Rocks," Big Medium

Group Gallery Exhibition

"Collection Selections: De-Luxe," Kimberli Gant, curator; AMOA-Arthouse

Work of Art: Independent or Public Project

TRANSfiguration, Rino Pizzi, et al.

Work of Art: One of a Kind

A Survey of Open Space, Peat Duggins, Fusebox Festival

Work of Art: Installation (tie)

"Beili Liu: Amass," Texas State University Galleries

"W. Tucker: to stand in a boat that floats," Texas State University Galleries


W. Tucker

Touring Show, Art

"Arnold Newman: Masterclass," Ransom Center

Austin Critics Table Awards

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