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Payne Pleasures 1999
Arts Column  August 12, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...A total of 40 productions from 24 companies won nominations in 23 categories covering musicals, non-musical plays, and productions for children. Leading the way was the Zilker Theatre Productions staging of Big River (12 nominations, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Rod Caspers, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical nods to Mike Bradecich for his Huck Finn and Virdell Williams Jr..."

Big River: Pleasantly Adrift
Arts Review  July 29, 1999
"...Director Rod Caspers moves this production along with the solidity and confidence of so much mighty water. In Virdell Williams Jr., cast as the escaping slave Jim, the musical has an actor whose voice soars into the Austin sky..."

Othello: Less Than Regal
In this week's section of Austin Chronicle arts reviews, Robert Faires reviews Austin Musical Theatre's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rude Mechanicals' Lipstick Traces, Sarah Hepola reviews the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's Shakespeare's R & J and Marshall Ryan Maresca's Slow Night at McLaughlin's, and Robi Polgar reviews Austin Shakespeare Festival's Othello and Physical Plant Theater's Fatigue.
Arts Review  October 1, 1999, by Robi Polgar
"...Virdell Williams Jr. plays the Moor, Othello, ably at first, but his descent into jealousy and near-insanity causes the actor to lose his connection to Shakespeare's words..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Virdell Williams Jr., Big River..."

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