The fourth annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards for Seattle theater excellence have been announced, with the most honors (5) going to ACT Theatre.
This year the two top prizes for 2014 productions, awarded by a group of blog and freelance print critics, went to ACT for a dramatic work (“The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar) and for a musical theater show (“The Little Shop of Horrors,” co-produced with 5th Avenue Theatre).
The excellence in local playwriting award went to Stephanie Timm for her political tale, “Tails of Wasps” (produced by New Century Theatre Company, at ACT). And Robert Schenkkan was also recognized with a special playwriting honor for his two-play LBJ chronicle, “All the Way” and “The Great Society” (at Seattle Repertory Theatre).
Among the acting prizes were those recognizing the entire performing ensembles in “Tails of Wasps,” and in “Gidion’s Knot” at Seattle Public Theater.
A full list of honors, including for individual acting, directing and design achievements, can be found at facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters, a site that posts a wide range of reviews and articles about Seattle theater. This year’s judges for the Gypsy Rose Lee awards were:
Jose Amador (www.seattlestar.net), Candace Brown (goodlifenw.blogspot.com), Miryam Gordon (Seattle Gay News and miryamstheatermusings.blogspot.com), David-Edward Hughes (www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/seattle), Rosemary Jones (www.examiner.com/theater-in-seattle/rosemary-jones), Alice Kaderlan (blog.seattlepi.com/feetfirst), Dusty Somers (blogcritics.org/author/Dusty-Somers), and Michael Strangeways (www.seattlegayscene.com/).