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click to enlarge The cast of Richmond Triangle Players’ “This Beautiful City” accepts the first-ever people’s choice award, selected through $5-apiece votes at the Artsies. - JAY PAUL
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  • The cast of Richmond Triangle Players’ “This Beautiful City” accepts the first-ever people’s choice award, selected through $5-apiece votes at the Artsies.

Barksdale Theatre’s production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” emerged as a critics’ favorite at Sunday’s rollicking Artsies — Richmond’s version of the Tony Awards — put on by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle at the Empire Theatre.

“Scoundrels” won for direction, musical direction, set design and choreography, as well as best leading actress (Rachel Abrams) and actor (Scott Wichmann) in a musical. It tied for best musical with Richmond Triangle Players’ “[title of show].”

Best play honors went to “Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” a collaboration of Henley Street Theatre Company and Richmond Triangle Players. And “Legacy of Light,” by Barksdale, received three awards.

The nominees and winners are chosen by a collective of eight local theater critics from a variety of local media, including Style Weekly.

In special honors, Terry Snyder won for outstanding achievement in puppetry; the Ernie McClintock best ensemble award went to the cast of “Jitney,” produced by Sycamore Rouge and the African American Repertory Theatre; “This Beautiful City” by Richmond Triangle Players won the people’s choice award; and the Liz Marks award for ongoing contribution to Richmond area theater went to Michael Gooding, one of the founders of Richmond Triangle Players, and Don Warren and the late Jay McCullough, two of the company’s key supporters.

The Winners

Best Play
“Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” Henley Street Theatre Company/Richmond Triangle Players

Best Musical (tie)
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Barksdale Theatre
“[title of show],” Richmond Triangle Players

Best Direction of a Play
Rusty Wilson, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Firehouse Theatre Project

Best Direction of a Musical
Chase Kniffen, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Barksdale Theatre

Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Alan Sader, “King Lear,” Richmond Shakespeare

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laine Satterfield, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Firehouse Theatre Project

Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Scott Wichmann, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Barksdale Theatre

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Rachel Abrams, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Barksdale Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
J. Ron Fleming, “Jitney,” Sycamore Rouge/African American Repertory Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play
Maggie Horan, “Legacy of Light,” Barksdale Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Andrew Hamm, “This Beautiful City,” Richmond Triangle Players

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Kathy Halenda, “White Christmas,” Barksdale Theatre

The Ernie McClintock Best Ensemble Awarad
Cast of “Jitney,” Sycamore Rouge/African American Repertory Theatre

Best Musical Direction
Sandy Dacus, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Barksdale Theatre

Best Choreography
Leslie Owens-Harrington, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Barksdale Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
J. Theresa Bush, “Legacy of Light,” Barksdale Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Lynne Hartman, “Legacy of Light,” Barksdale Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design
Brian C. Barker, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Barksdale Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Derek Dumais, “White Christmas,” Barksdale Theatre

Outstanding Achievement in Puppetry
Terry Snyder

Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater
Michael Gooding, Don Warren & the late Jay McCullough - Richmond Triangle Players

Style Weekly Editor in Chief Jason Roop and columnist Jack Lauterback were asked to present the People's Choice winner at the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards. But they had a crisis of confidence. To tackle the challenge, some of Richmond's best trainers whipped them into shape.

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