Some Enchanted Evening 

Let's shine a spotlight on the 2011 Richmond Theatre Critics Awards.

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Two weeks from now the city’s theater scene will don its finest for the fourth annual Richmond Theatre Critics Awards, a black-tie event to celebrate outstanding achievement in the dramatic arts.

Will Joe Inscoe go home with his third consecutive award for best actor in a play? Can Broadway’s Patti D’Beck beat out one of Leslie Owens-Harrington’s three nominations for best choreography? How many of its 12 nominations will Barksdale go home with for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”?

The answers to these questions and more will be revealed Oct. 16 at the Empire Theatre. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Theatre Artist Fund of Greater Richmond, a fund that helps those in the community in dire straits. [Full disclosure: This writer and Style Weekly critic David Timberline are members of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle.]

NBC-12’s Heather Sullivan will serve as host of the event, and presenters include Juan Conde, Melissa Chase, Gene Cox and Style’s Jason Roop and Jack Lauterback. The show will also feature a performance by the Richmond Divas.

The event will have subsidized valet parking and a cash bar. For the first time ever, the awards will give a people’s choice award. For a $5 donation, audience members will pick their favorite show from the past season. All entries will be entered into a drawing for a necklace donated by Carreras Jewelers.

To see who goes home with an Artsy, dress to impress and head to the Empire Theatre. It’s sure to be some enchanted evening.

And the nominees are:

Best Musical:
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (Barksdale Theatre)
"Godspell" (Cadence Theatre Company)
“Once on This Island” (Swift Creek Mill Theatre)
"This Beautiful City" (Richmond Triangle Players)
"[title of show]" (Richmond Triangle Players)

Best Direction (Musical):
Justin Amellio, "[title of show]"
Patti D’Beck, "White Christmas" (Barksdale Theatre/Theatre IV)
John Knapp, "This Beautiful City"
Chase Kniffen, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Tom Width, "Once on This Island"

Best Actor (Musical):
Daniel Cimo, "[title of show]"
Chris Hester, "[title of show]"
Jeff McCarthy, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Durron Tyre, "Once on This Island"
Scott Wichmann, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

Best Actress (Musical):
Rachel Abrams, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Lanaya Burnette, "[title of show]"
Georgia Rogers Farmer, "[title of show]"
Michelle Lookadoo, "White Christmas"
Kris Roberts, "Once on This Island"

Best Supporting Actor (Musical):
Andrew Hamm, "This Beautiful City"
James Opher, "Once on This Island"
Joe Pabst, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Matt Shofner, "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Firehouse Theatre Project)
Eric Williams, "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming" (Barksdale Theatre)

Best Supporting Actress (Musical):
Lanaya Burnette, "This Beautiful City"
Kathy Halenda, "White Christmas"
Tarnee Kendell-Hudson, "This Beautiful City"
Nicole Oberlietner, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Debra Wagoner, "Nunsense" (Barksdale Theatre)

Best Musical Direction:
Sandy Dacus, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Paul Deiss, "Once on This Island"
Leilani Mork, "White Christmas"
Kim Fox, "This Beautiful City"
Drew Perkins, "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming"

Best Choreography:
Patti D’Beck, "White Christmas"
Leslie Owens-Harrington, "Godspell"
Leslie Owens-Harrington, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Leslie Owens-Harrington, "Once on This Island"
Willie Hinton, LaWanda Raines and Eugene Fleming, "Langston Is My Man" (African American Repertory Theatre)

Best Play:
"Jitney" (African American Repertory Theatre/Sycamore Rouge)
"King Lear" (Richmond Shakespeare)
"Last Days of Judas Iscariot" (Henley Street Theatre Company/Richmond Triangle Players)
"Legacy of Light" (Barksdale Theatre)
"Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (Firehouse Theatre Project)

Best Direction – Play:
James Alexander Bond, "King Lear"
John Moon, "Shipwrecked" (Barksdale Theatre)
Derome Scott Smith, "Jitney"
Rusty Wilson, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Bo Wilson, "Last Days of Judas Iscariot"

Best Actor – Play:
Larry Cook, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
David Clark, "Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
Joe Inscoe, "Shipwrecked"
Billy Christopher Maupin, "Something Intangible" (Firehouse Theatre Project)
Alan Sader, "King Lear"

Best Actress – Play:
Molly Hood, "Oleanna" (Cadence Theatre Company)
Tamara Johnson, "Legacy of Light"
Jennie Meharg, "Arcadia" (Richmond Shakespeare)
Laine Satterfield, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Aly Wepplo, "Wait Until Dark" (Swift Creek Mill Theatre Company)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Play:
Ronnie Brown, "Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
J. Ron Fleming, "Jitney"
Charley Raintree, "King Lear"
Adrian Rieder, "King Lear"
Foster Solomon, "King Lear"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Play:
Debra Clinton, "The Winter’s Tale" (Henley Street Theatre Company/Richmond Shakespeare)
Maggie Horan, "Legacy of Light"
Susan Sanford, "Boeing-Boeing" (Barksdale Theatre)
Amy Sproul, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Jill Bari Steinberg, "Last Days of Judas Iscariot"

Best Ensemble Acting:
"Jitney"
"Nunsense"
"Pirates of the Chemotherapy" (I Am She Productions)
"Quilters" (Swift Creek Mill Theatre Company)
"This Beautiful City"

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design:
J. Theresa Bush, "Legacy of Light"
Rebecca Cairns/Ann Hoskins, "King Lear"
Maura Cravey, "Once on This Island"
Sue Griffin, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Shannon Bohn McCalister, "Last Days of Judas Iscariot"

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design:
Andrew Bonniwell, "The Winter’s Tale"
Joe Doran, "Once on This Island"
Joe Doran, "Quilters"
Lynne Hartman, "Legacy of Light"
Lynne Hartman, "Shipwrecked"

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design:
Brian C. Barker, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Phil Hayes, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Ron Keller, "White Christmas"
Betsy Muller, "Legacy of Light"
Tom Width, "Once on This Island"

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design:
Paul Deiss, "Quilters"
Derek Dumais, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Derek Dumais, "White Christmas"
Kim Fox, Shannon Marie and Zachary Townsend, "Godspell"
Rusty Wilson, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Outstanding Achievement in Puppetry:
Terry Snyder

Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater:
Michael Gooding
Don Warren and Jay McCullough

The fourth annual Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards will take place on Sunday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the Empire Theater, 114 W. Broad St. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased by visiting barksdalerichmond.org or by calling 282-2620.

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