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Bartlett, Manbites Dog, and Ward Theatre Companies Top Dustin K. Britt’s “Best Of 2017” List

Dale Wolf and Caitlin Wells appear in the ensemble of "Orlando," a co-production of The Delta Boys and Manbites Dog.

Dale Wolf and Caitlin Wells appear in the ensemble of “Orlando,” a co-production of The Delta Boys and Manbites Dog. Photo by Alex Maness.

Now in its second year, Dustin K. Britt’s “Britt Picks Live” is an overview of the best in triangle theatre. Presented via Facebook Live, Britt announced his picks on Sunday night after nearly 60 published reviews in 2017. A recording of the broadcast can be found HERE.

The discussion will continue alongside other triangle arts critics on Wayne Leonard’s “Lights Up” on WHUP later this month.

Here are the results:

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LOCAL THEATRE

  • Ed Hunt & Jeff Storer, founders of Manbites Dog Theatre
  • Seed Art Share, inclusive educational programming
  • Wayne Leonard, host of WHUP’s “Lights Up”

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION

  • Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull / Bartlett Theater
  • Jesus Christ Superstar / North Carolina Theatre
  • King Lear / Honest Pint Theatre & Sweet Tea Shakespeare
  • Life Sucks. / Manbites Dog Theater
  • My Fair Lady / Playmakers Repertory Company
  • Orlando / The Delta Boys & Manbites Dog Theatre
  • Revival / Ward Theatre Company
  • Sense and Sensibility / Playmakers Repertory Company
  • Space Girl / Women’s Theatre Festival
  • The Whipping Man / Raleigh Little Theatre
Aaron Posner's Life Sucks at Manbites Dog Theater stars Thaddaeus Allen Edwards as Vanya, shown here trying to reveal his inner self to a skeptical Ella (Jessica Flemming) (photo by Alan Dehmer)

Aaron Posner’s Life Sucks at Manbites Dog Theater stars Thaddaeus Allen Edwards as Vanya, shown here trying to reveal his inner self to a skeptical Ella (Jessica Flemming) (photo by Alan Dehmer)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

  • Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull / Joey Infinito, Adam Kampouris, David Klionsky, Shannon Malone, Jim O’Brien, Emily Rieder, Beth Ritson, Moriah Williams, Chris Wright
  • Life Sucks. / Jock Brocki, Lakeisha Coffey, Thaddaeus Edwards, Jessica Flemming, Rhetta Greene, Michael Foley, Faye Goodwin
  • Orlando / Emily Anderson, Skylar Gudasz, Rajeev Rajendran, Caitlin Wells, Dale Wolf
  • Revival / Dominique Barnes, Brandon Cooke, Sarah Dale, Evit Emerson, Amber Oliver, Alexandra Petkus, Kara Phelps, Margery Rinaldi, Rick Skarbez, Chadwick Thompson
  • Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding / Bill Andrews, Noelle Azarelo, Michael Bacigalupo, Jess Barbour, Dennis Cox, A.C. Donohue, Donnie Dulce, Alexandra Finazzo, Nicole Harris, James Ilsley, Matthew Krevat, Alison Lawrence, Bailey Pate,  Shannon Plummer-White, Romni Rossi, Benoit Sabourin, Nicholas Sheets, Nan L. Stephenson, Lauren Tompkins, Natalie Turgeon, Michael West, Brian Westbrook, Brett Yates

OUTSTANDING LEADING PERFORMANCE

  • Katie Barrett / Blackbird
  • Lexie Braverman / The Stonewater Rapture
  • Marcia Edmundson / Marjorie Prime
  • John Honeycutt / Blackbird
  • Kathryn Hunter-Williams / Dot
  • Simon Kaplan / King Lear
  • Mia Pinero / My Fair Lady
  • Phillip Bernard Smith / The Whipping Man
  • Brian Westbrook / Glorious
  • Brett Williams / Avenue Q

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE

  • Aaron Alderman / King Lear
  • Bradford Cover / Twelfth Night
  • Rasool Jahan / Dot
  • Sarah Elizabeth Keyes / Sense and Sensibility
  • Lydia D. Kinton / Avenue Q
  • Gary Milner / My Fair Lady
  • Nick Popio / Space Girl
  • Brian Thacker / Straight White Men
  • Caitlin Wells / Orlando
  • Tara Nicole Williams / Romeo and Juliet
The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

OUTSTANDING INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE

  • My Fair Lady / Mark Hartman, Alex Thompson. Music Director: Mark Hartman. 
  • Rock of Ages / Dale Baker, Michael Kennedy,  John Simonetti, Jason Steffen. Music Director: Jay Wright.
  • Thespis / Frederic Ayala, Mark Furth, Lee Hong, Margueritte Cox, Rebecca Lee, Norton Dickman, Nicolle Tulve, Julius Prescott, James Tyler-Walker, Tanner Lovelace, Mérida Negrete, Shirley Violand-Jones, Nancy Wilson, Charles Gragg, Joanna Sisk-Purvis, Kathy Register, Jenni Scoggin, Bruce Klitzman, Kathy Silbiger, Randy Guptill, Christina Thompson, Richard Lehner, Sandy Svoboda, Bill Hayes. Music Director: Alan Riley Jones.

OUTSTANDING STAGE DIRECTION

  • Jonathan Bohun Brady / Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull
  • Katy Koop & Sarah Koop / Space Girl
  • Taibi Magar / Sense and Sensibility
  • Tyne Rafaeli / My Fair Lady
  • Jeff Storer / Life Sucks.

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

  • Katherine Anderson / Avenue Q
  • Mark Hartman / My Fair Lady
  • Edward G. Robinson / Jesus Christ Superstar
Bare Theatre's outdoor production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet stars George Labusohr (left) as Tybalt and Chris McBennett as Romeo (photo by Yorgason Photography)

Bare Theatre’s outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet stars George
Labusohr (left) as Tybalt and Chris McBennett as Romeo (photo by Yorgason Photography)

OUTSTANDING FIGHT DIRECTION

  • Jason Bailey & Heather J. Strickland / Romeo and Juliet
  • Jeff A.R. Jones / Noises Off!
  • Alec Silver / Peter Pan & Wendy

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Jess Barbour / The Tempest
  • Tracy Bersley / My Fair Lady
  • Mark Kimelman / Jesus Christ Superstar

OUTSTANDING STAGE MANAGEMENT

  • Charles K. Bayang / Sense and Sensibility
  • Adam Budlong / Avenue Q
  • Elaine Petrone / The Whipping Man
  • Alex Procknow / Darkside
  • Michelle Wood / The Greeks

OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN

  • McKay Coble / Dot
  • Sonya Leigh Drum / Life Sucks.
  • Margaux Maeght / Darkside
  • Brook North / Blackbird
  • Miyuki Su / The Whipping Man
The cast includes (from left) Jeremy Ray Fiebig, Gus Allen, Jessica Osnoe, Kaley Morrison, David Henderson, Jacob French, Samantha Corey, Simon Kaplan, Medina Demeter, and Tohry Petty (photo by Thistle & Sun Photography)

The cast includes (from left) Jeremy Ray Fiebig, Gus Allen, Jessica Osnoe, Kaley Morrison, David Henderson, Jacob French, Samantha Corey, Simon Kaplan, Medina Demeter, and Tohry Petty (photo by Thistle & Sun Photography)

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

  • Aaron Alderman / King Lear
  • Joseph Amodei / Orlando
  • Anthony Buckner / Little Women
  • Kaitlin Gill / The Whipping Man
  • Samuel Rushen / Jesus Christ Superstar

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

  • Kim Black / Orlando
  • Elaine Brown / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Olivera Gajic / Sense and Sensibility
  • Laura J. Parker / King Lear
  • LeGrande Smith / Jesus Christ Superstar

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

  • Anna Warda Alex / My Fair Lady
  • Brian L. Hunt / Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Bob Kulow / Guys and Dolls
  • John Maruca / The Whipping Man
  • Christy Rose / Peter Pan & Wendy

Freddy Perkins as Nicky, Brandi Parker as Gary Coleman. Areon Multimedia.

OUTSTANDING PROPS DESIGN

  • Shanna Burns / The Whipping Man
  • Tim Domack / Noises Off!
  • Elizabeth Newton / Peter Pan & Wendy
  • Ashley Popio / Little Women
  • Kevin Roberge & Kerry Falkanger / Avenue Q

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN

  • Olivera Gajic / Sense and Sensibility
  • Jenny Mitchell & Lachlan Watson / The Whipping Man
  • Maggie Slaughter & Tiffany Bolick / Rock of Ages

OUTSTANDING TOURING PRODUCTION

NOTE: Dustin K. Britt does not review any productions on which he was a participant or contributor.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Dustin K. Britt, a Triangle native, is an actor and director. He holds an M.A.Ed. in Special Education from East Carolina University and teaches locally. Click here to read his reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment. You can find him on Facebook as Dustin K. Britt and via his movie blog Hold the Popcorn.

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