From Encore Michigan.com:
Beginning mid-May 2009 and ending 12 months later, EncoreMichigan.com’s five theater critics crisscrossed Southeast and Mid-Michigan and reviewed another record-breaking 128 professional productions produced or presented by 33 theater companies. Editorial director Donald V. Calamia was joined by critics D. A. Blackburn, Martin F. Kohn, Jenn McKee and Bridgette M. Redman, each of whom was thrilled gas prices stayed below $3 a gallon as they traveled from Detroit to Lansing and numerous stops in between. No other publication in the state provided more comprehensive theater coverage.
The season, Calamia said, was one of the best in recent memory. “Every year the theaters step up and produce better work than the year before, and that’s especially true of the 2009-10 season. There were a lot of memorable shows – from the smallest houses to the largest. And they seem to have filled a lot more seats than what I’ve observed over the last couple of years.”
Because of the increased quality, Calamia continued, coming up with this year’s Wilde Awards nominees was tough. “Our list of potential nominees was quite long,” he explained. “But even with a few additional categories this year, a lot of noteworthy shows and performances didn’t make the final cut. But the list we DID come up with is a fine representative of the excellent work that theatergoers were treated to throughout the season.”
Categories announced this year increased from 18 to 23, Calamia noted. “Plus, we have a few specialty awards and a couple of surprise categories that won’t be announced until the night of The Wilde Awards ceremony.”
In total, 56 productions earned at least one nomination, as did 24 of the theaters reviewed.
Another Wilde Night
Winners of The 2010 Wilde Awards will be announced at a delightfully prestigious ceremony Sept. 1 at Detroit’s Gem Theatre. Complete details will be announced shortly. The annual event is sponsored by Pride Source Media Group and Encore Michigan LLC.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for nine seasons now,” Calamia said. “And that we’re the last surviving media theater awards ceremony in Southeast Michigan. But we feel it’s important to honor the professional theater industry’s best productions, performances and designs – and we do so in a very unique and fun style. It’s an adult night out at the theater, and we think Oscar Wilde would highly approve of it! After all, it IS One Wilde Night!” ”
The Hilberry Company and it’s members were nominated for:
Best Comedy: The Servant of Two Masters, Hilberry Theatre, Lavinia Hart, director
Best Actor – Musical: Jordan Whalen, The Fantasticks, Hilberry Theatre
Best Actress – Comedy: Christina Flynn, The Servant of Two Masters, Hilberry Theatre
Best Support – Comedy: Justin Vanden Heuvel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hilberry Theatre
Best Design – Costumes: John D. Woodland, The Seagull, Hilberry Theatre & John D. Woodland, Good, Hilberry Theatre
Best Design – Lights: Tim Sutton, The Seagull, Hilberry Theatre
and for our Co-Production with The Jet of Palmer Park:
Best Support – Drama: Connell Brown Jr., Palmer Park, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company & Hilberry Theatre