Goodman, Writers and American Blues Theater lead the pack
By Kris Vire|
The Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre and American Blues Theater took home five Jeff Awards each at Monday night's celebration of the year in Equity theater productions. The 46th annual Equity Jeff Awards covered the season from August 1, 2013 through July 31 of this year, encompassing 134 productions.
The Goodman's revival of Brigadoon took top honors for musical production in the "large" tier, with American Blues' production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway taking the "midsize" musical award. Writers Theatre's relatively small staging of The Dance of Death was named best large production of a play. TimeLine Theatre Company's production of The Normal Heart earned the midsize play award.
Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, also at the Goodman, was named best new work. John Mossman's The Goddess, at the Artistic Home, earned the award for new adaptation.
The ceremony was set to include a tribute to 24 theater professionals the Chicago community has lost in the past year, including actors Molly Glynn and Bernie Yvon, tragically killed in separate accidents on consecutive days last month. The sequence featured music performed by the cast of Theatre at the Center's current Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which Yvon had been in rehearsal.