Posted by Bruce Miller
Ya gotta give kudos where kudos are due. Depending on how you measure it, the Firehouse currently holds a resounding lead in the two-year race for Artsies (the annual awards presented by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle – RTCC).
The good folks at Firehouse (Carol, Morrie et al) are revered colleagues and friends. We bow to their current supremacy, even if we are all the more determined to catch up with them next year.
But, for the moment, it is quite true that Firehouse has been awarded exactly twice as many Best Play and Best Musical Awards as any other theatre in Central Virginia. The scorecard reads like this: Firehouse – 2 (last year’s Henry Moss and this year’s Eurydice [which I’m finally learning to spell correctly]), the Mill – 1 (last year’s Urinetown), and Barksdale – 1 (this year’s Millie).
Thank God for Millie – that’s all I’m saying.
Of course, there are other ways to keep score. We have a slight lead in terms of the number of talented theatre artists who’ve worked on Barksdale shows and been honored with their own Artsie. But even using that method of tabulation, the Firehouse, the Mill and Richmond Shakes are all nipping at our heals.
And the artists themselves get to take home those chotchkies. The only ones we can keep on our mantle in the conference room are the ones (make that “the one”) we won for Best Play or Best Musical.
So, with my ego appropriately tamed, let me shout out congratulations to all of Richmond’s many fine theatres for their nominations and wins. And congrats to the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle for working hard to recognize a diverse body of great work. IMHO, that’s exactly what you should be doing. We’re honored to be in such outstanding, award-winning company.
If you haven't heard yet, here's the 2009 roster of Barksdale's wins. Our greatest thanks and congratualtions to the honorees.
Best Musical: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Direction - Musical: Patti D'Beck, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Actor - Musical: Zak Resnick, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Supporting Actor - Musical: Timothy Ford, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Supporting Actress - Musical: Ali Thibodeau, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Musical Direction: Paul Deiss, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Choreography: Patti D'Beck, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Actress - Play: Robin Arthur, The Clean House
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design: Sue Griffin, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Outstanding Achievement in Set Design: Ron Keller, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Outstanding Achievement in Hair / Makeup Design: Sue Griffin, Thoroughly Modern Millie