Several local theater productions earn Wilde Award nominations
The Wilde Awards - determined by a group of local theater critics (including me) who write reviews for EncoreMichigan.com - recognize the excellence, both on stage and behind the scenes, of productions staged around different parts of Michigan.
Performance Network’s nominations are: “Next Fall” and “Red” for best drama; “Dead Man’s Shoes” (a co-production with Williamston Theatre) for best new script (playwright Joe Zettelmaier); Barbara Coven for best performance by an actress, drama (“Next Fall”); Paul Hopper, best performance by an actor, comedy (“Dead Man’s Shoes”); Mark Rademacher and Kevin Young, best ensemble (“Red”); Monika Essen for best design, sets (“Red”); and Ken Faulk, best design, sound (“Next Fall”).
The Purple Rose’s nominations are: “Escanaba in da Moonlight” for best comedy; “A Stone Carver” for best drama; “Consider the Oyster” for best new script (playwright David MacGregor); Guy Sanville, best performance by an actor, drama (“A Stone Carver”); Dan Walker for best design, sets (“A Stone Carver”); Dana White for best design, lights (“A Stone Carver”); and Quintessa Gallinat for best design, sound (“Escanaba in da Moonlight”).
Encore Theatre’s nominations are: “The Light in the Piazza” for best musical or opera; and Brian E. Buckner, best musical direction (for both “Godspell” and “The Last 5 Years”).
Winners of the 2012 Wilde Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield.