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Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 : 11:59 a.m.

Local theater productions and artists earn 6 Wilde Awards

By Jenn McKee


Wilde Award nominee Aphrodite Nikolovski and John Seibert, winner of 2 Wilde Awards on Monday evening, starred in Performance Network's "In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play."

photo by Sean Carter | courtesy of Performance Network

The 12th annual Wilde Awards ceremony, which recognizes achievements in professional theater in Michigan, happened at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield on Monday night. 20 local productions/artists earned nominations this year, and 5 of those nominees took home hardware, with a special Critic's Choice award going to a locally produced show.

Performance Network's "A Little Night Music" was the night's big winner, winning best musical, best music direction (R. MacKenzie Lewis), best performance by an actress in a musical (Naz Edwards) and best performance by an actor in a musical (John Seibert).

Seibert also won, in a tie (with John Manfredi, star of Williamston Theatre and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company co-production of "End Days"), for best performance by an actor in a comedy for Performance Network's "In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play."

Finally, the Purple Rose Theatre's production of Tracy Letts' "Superior Donuts," which starred "Emergency!" TV star Randolph Mantooth, earned a special Critic's Choice Award for garnering excitement about a show from all corners of the country (and beyond).

A complete list of Monday night's winners will be available at