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posted: 10/15/2012 10:00 PM

Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare theaters dominate Jeff Awards

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  • Alex Goodrich, left, played Kirk, wingman and best friend of Erich Bergan's Hero, in the world premiere of "Hero the Musical!" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

      Alex Goodrich, left, played Kirk, wingman and best friend of Erich Bergan's Hero, in the world premiere of "Hero the Musical!" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

  • Brian Dennehy played former anarchist Larry Slade opposite Nathan Lane's Theodore "Hickey" Hickman" in Goodman Theatre's epic production of "The Iceman Cometh."

      Brian Dennehy played former anarchist Larry Slade opposite Nathan Lane's Theodore "Hickey" Hickman" in Goodman Theatre's epic production of "The Iceman Cometh."

  • Caroline O'Connor delivers a knockout turn as the acerbic Phyllis in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" directed by Gary Griffin.

      Caroline O'Connor delivers a knockout turn as the acerbic Phyllis in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" directed by Gary Griffin.

  • Video: "The Iceman Cometh"

  • Video: "Follies"

  • Video: "Hero the Musical!

 
 

Suburban titans Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook were shut out of the major awards at Monday's 44th annual equity Jeff Awards ceremony held at Oak Brook's Drury Lane Theatre.

For the second year in a row, Goodman Theatre proved a formidable contender, winning multiple Jeffs for its epic revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh."

Director Gary Griffin's glittering production of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" for Chicago Shakespeare Theater dominated in the musical categories.

Goodman received six awards for "Iceman," the operatic, ever-resonant tale about the impossibility of living life without illusions, including the award for best production, large theater and ensemble for its stellar cast made up of some of the area's finest actors. The production also earned awards for director Robert Falls, supporting actor Brian Dennehy, set designer Kevin Depinet and lighting designer Natasha Katz.

"Follies," about a reunion of former showgirls in a once-grand theater destined for the wrecking ball, received awards for director Griffin and music director Brad Haak, lead actress Caroline O'Connor, supporting actress Hollis Resnik, costume designer Virgil C. Johnson and musical production, large theater.

Sound designer Christopher Kriz and lighting designer Michael McNamara were honored for First Folio Theater in Oak Brook's chilling "The Turn of the Screw." The Jeff Committee honored Aaron Thielen and Michael Mahler with the best new musical award for their show "Hero the Musical," a tuneful tribute to ordinary Joes and Janes that premiered at Marriott Theatre in June. Alex Goodrich picked up the supporting actor in a musical award for his performance as the title character's requisite sidekick and wingman.

Drury Lane in Oak Brook, which led all suburban theaters with 17 nominations, won one award, for Tammy Mader's exuberant choreography for "Hairspray." TimeLine Theatre earned the award for midsize theater play production for "The Pitmen Painters" and the country music sendup "The Doyle & Debbie Show," which had an extended run at the Royal George Theatre, received Jeff awards for midsize musical and for lead actor Bruce Arntson. Here are the winners.

2012 Equity Jeff Award Recipients

Production -- play -- large

"The Iceman Cometh" -- Goodman Theatre

Production -- play -- midsize

"The Pitmen Painters" -- TimeLine Theatre Company

Production -- musical -- large

"Follies" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Production -- musical -- midsize

"The Doyle & Debbie Show" -- lonesome road productions in association with Jim Jensen and Lisselan Productions

Production -- revue

"We're All in This Room Together" -- The Second City e.t.c.

Director -- play

Robert Falls -- "The Iceman Cometh" -- Goodman Theatre

Director -- musical

Gary Griffin -- "Follies" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Director -- revue

Ryan Bernier -- "We're All in This Room Together" -- The Second City e.t.c.

Ensemble

"The Iceman Cometh" -- Goodman Theatre

Actor in a principal role -- play

Larry Yando -- "Angels in America" -- Court Theatre

Actor in a principal role -- musical

Bruce Arntson -- "The Doyle & Debbie Show" -- lonesome road productions in association with Jim Jensen and Lisselan Productions

Actress in a principal role -- play

Diane D'Aquila -- "Elizabeth Rex" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Actress in a principal role -- musical

Caroline O'Connor -- "Follies" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Actor or actress in a revue

Edgar Blackmon -- "Who Do We Think We Are?" -- The Second City

Solo performance

Timothy Edward Kane -- "An Iliad" -- Court Theatre

Actor in a supporting role -- play

Brian Dennehy -- "The Iceman Cometh" -- Goodman Theatre

Actor in a supporting role -- musical

Alex Goodrich -- "Hero the Musical" -- Marriott Theatre

Actress in a supporting role -- play

Natalie West -- "The Butcher of Baraboo" -- A Red Orchid Theatre

Actress in a supporting role -- musical

Hollis Resnik -- "Follies" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

New work -- play

Ayad Akhtar -- "Disgraced" -- American Theater Company in special arrangement with The Araca Group

Sarah Gubbins -- "The Kid Thing" -- Chicago Dramatists and About Face Theatre

New work -- musical

Aaron Thielen and Michael Mahler -- "Hero the Musical" -- Marriott Theatre

New adaptation -- play

Oren Jacoby -- "Invisible Man" -- Court Theatre in association with Christopher McElroen Productions

Choreography

Tammy Mader -- "Hairspray" -- Drury Lane Productions

Original incidental music

Lindsay Jones -- "Timon of Athens" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Music direction

Brad Haak -- "Follies" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Scenic design -- large

Kevin Depinet -- "The Iceman Cometh" -- Goodman Theatre

Scenic design -- midsize

Brian Prather -- "Freud's Last Session -- Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas

Lighting design -- large

Natasha Katz -- "The Iceman Cometh" -- Goodman Theatre

Lighting design -- midsize

Michael McNamara -- "The Turn of the Screw" -- First Folio Theatre

Costume design -- large

Virgil C. Johnson -- "Follies" -- Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Costume design -- midsize

Branimira Ivanova -- "Cloud 9" -- The Gift Theatre

Sound design -- large

Mikhail Fiksel -- "Oedipus el Rey" -- Victory Gardens Theater

Sound design -- midsize

Christopher Kriz -- "The Turn of the Screw" -- First Folio Theatre

Projections/media design

Maya Ciarrocchi -- "Crowns" -- Goodman Theatre

Artistic specialization

Dennis Watkins -- Magic Design -- "Death and Harry Houdini" -- The House Theatre of Chicago

Special award

Actors' Equity Association

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